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I have opinions, too. (Hard to believe, right?!)

Here are some of my child-first parenting ideas. They are based on science, whenever possible (well, not everything can be tested in randomized control studies, ethically, you know). But more important is that they are parenting practices that just feel right for me as a parent, and as a person.

How To Make Your Teenager Listen To You – 7 Effective Steps

Penny is one of the nicest people I know. Both of her children are polite and pleasant. Her teenage son is responsible and diligent. He sets the alarm and wakes up in the morning by himself. He packs his own lunch and goes to school on time. He studies and finishes homework without Penny lifting …

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How to Deal With Strict Parents as a Teenager

I have very strict parents. What do I do as a teenager? First of all, I see you and you are not alone.  There are some strict parents who are strict out of care and concern. They are overprotective parents. But there are many who practice strict parenting for self-serving reasons. These are authoritarian parents. …

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Parenting Teenagers – 9 Tips to Raising Healthy, Happy and Motivated Kids

Parenting teens can be tough. The rapid changes in adolescents’ brain development can pose more challenges for parents. During puberty, adolescents are motivated to expand their autonomy and experiment with making decisions on their own. Reorienting socially towards peers and romantic partners facilitates this developmental shift. It may seem as if they are new problems, …

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Runaway Teenagers – Brutal Truth On What To Do When They Come Home

What is a runaway According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), a runaway child is a youth who leaves home without permission and stays away overnight. However, some of these runaways are actually thrownaways who are told to leave home or prevented from returning home by the parent. Why do teenagers …

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How to Discipline a Teenager Who Doesn’t Care About Consequences

Many parents discipline their teens by taking away their cell phone privileges, video games, or screen time, or giving them extra chores. Despite having once worked, these strategies often don’t work after a while. So how to discipline a teenager who doesn’t care about consequences? Consequences and Behaviorism Using consequences to discipline is an example …

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Bad Grades – How Parents Can Help Teenagers Achieve

If you are looking for ways on how to discipline your teenager for bad grades, this post is for you. Parents who have tried grounding, taking away privileges, or spanking, probably already know that none of these methods work very well in raising the child’s grades. Even if they work in the short term, they …

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