Category: Communication

Empowering Your Teenager for True Change

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, three million teens between the ages of 12 and 17 had a major depressive episode in 2015. That’s 12.5 percent of the teenage population in the United States. Many of these teens come to Greenbrier Academy, and we’ve found that they often have: – Feelings of low… Read more »

Are You Daughter’s Friends the Problem?

  Adolescence is a time of change. Your daughter is testing her boundaries, learning what she can and cannot do, and finding out exactly who she is. However, she may not be doing this alone. As she grows older, she may seek out different friends than those she had when she was younger, and those… Read more »

Has Your Daughter Become Distant? How to Start Healthy Conversations

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  Teenagers are known for being distant. As they go through adolescence, they struggle with hormones, growing up and figuring out who they are and where they belong in the world. They might push you away, but, according to Psychology Today, they actually still need you as a role model and need the boundaries you… Read more »

OTC Medicine Abuse: What it Looks Like and How you Can Prevent it

  When most parents think of drug use, their first thoughts go to illegal drugs for teens like marijuana, cocaine or methamphetamine. Some parents may hide their prescriptions narcotics to prevent their troubled teens from abusing them. The sad truth is, your teen could be abusing OTC medicines to get high. Unlike illegal drugs, which… Read more »

5 Things That can Reduce the Risk of Drug Addiction in Your Teenager

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  Drugabuse.gov states that in 2013, approximately 24.6 million Americans over the age of 11 used illegal drugs. While your teenager may not seem like the type to use drugs, drug use is a problem that isn’t restricted to class, social standing or age. Marijuana is a big problem throughout the United States, with 22.7… Read more »

Teen Grief Relief – 7 Ways to Help

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A teenage girl sits beside a hospital bed, holding the hand of her dying grandfather. Tears roll down her cheeks; she knows the end is near, yet doesn’t want to acknowledge it. After 13 days in hospice, her grandfather takes his last breath, and her world is shattered. Grief overwhelms her, envelopes her. She’s having… Read more »

Your Words Have Power: 4 Things to Never Say to Your Teen

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  Insecurity is the feeling that you’re simply not good enough. This type of low self-confidence can be a crippling and painful experience for a teenager- and an awful one for a parent to witness, especially if you feel helpless in the situation. Insecurities can drive teens to make wrong choices in life, cause a… Read more »

What to Do When Your Teen Threatens to Run Away

According to the National Runaway Safeline (NRS), between 1.6 and 2.8 million teens run away from home every year. Over the past ten years, NRS has been receiving more and more calls from runaway youths, with an increasing number living on the streets. In fact, the number of teens living on the streets has increased… Read more »

Teens and Sexting: What Parents Need to Know

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By the age of 12, many pre-teens have their first cell phone. While most parents hope their teen is responsible with this technology, not all of them are. In fact, between two and seven percent of children under the age of 17 admitted in a report by the Pew Research Center to sexting. In reality, this… Read more »

Your Teen Daughter: 5 Behavior Signs You Shouldn’t be Ignoring

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  “She’s just being a teenager. You remember those days. Hormones raging. Trying to figure out where you belong. It will pass.” How many times have you said this sentence or any part of it? While parenting a teenager is not an easy thing to do, and there are indeed certain aspects you can chalk… Read more »