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Jana, Author at Parents of Teens - Page 2 of 2

CREATIVE JOURNALING

  So, back to the journal idea.  Here are ways shared during classes  about how some parents introduced the journal to their teen or pre-teen: 1.  My daughter was taking piano lessons in a serious way so when I found a journal which was covered in treble and bass clefs I grabbed it.  So, her journal seemed even more tailor-made, just for her. 2.  One mom shared that she decided to introduce the concept pretty early in one of her children’s lives.  Some of the writing her son sent to her wasn’t with letters…he drew pictures for her.  Her purpose was to make the journal a natural part of their relationship…before their relationship might have really needed an extra way of communicating to get past some of the teen hurdles. 3.  Another class member decided to present the journal to her daughter as part of her birthday present. 4.  An idea might be to introduce...

THE JOURNAL IDEA

One of the longest-lasting suggestions that has come from classes that has worked for parents to communicate with one of their teens has been using a journal.  You know those journals…the books with a variety of covers and lots of empty pages inside. My friend, Robyn, suggested this idea and she explained to our class how it could be used as an extra tool to communicate with a teen , especially when talking might not be that easy.  Almost every mom I have shared this idea with has been eager to give it a try. Here’s the way it works.  On the front page of an empty journal write your daughter or son a note, explaining how you and she or he can use it together.  You might say something like, “Dear Missy,  I found this journal just for you and I to share together.  We can take turns writing in it.  Sometimes you may have something you want to say to me but you want to...

Fresh Thoughts on Social Media

  I have a new author I’m reading.  His name is Adam McLane.  He’s new to me, I’m stepping out on a limb trusting him in my own blog after only reading a few of his articles but he’s a Moody grad and that goes a long way for me.  I found him as I am preparing to facilitate a Parents of Teens class on Media this week. Adam has a small list of short articles on Social Media and from what I’ve read so far he’s worth my time.   What I read last night was an article meant to convince parents to ban their kids from using SnapChat.  I’m also reading some common sense education from him about how Social Media works.  On his website under “Quick Bio” find “Five Social Media Posts to Get to Know Adam”.  I’m still learning about what he has to say and thought you might want to learn with me.  ...

ACCIDENT IN THE DRIVEWAY

  This week my husband and I had a ripe opportunity to do something right; to give a gift to our teenager. You see, I have this used Toyota at our house that is one week old because we just purchased it. Over the Easter weekend while Howard and I were out our daughter, home from college, called and asked if she could drive it to do an errand.   To really understand how tricky this was going to be for her you’d have to see the driveway…a steep grade, angling up toward the road, first crossing a sidewalk where people walk their dogs and, um, there is also a brick mailbox to the side. Think, STEEP. Think, driving your car backward but going UP and the angle is GEOMETRIC. Use your imagination.   After giving her permission to use the car soon Howard’s phone rang again. Hearing his end of the conversation my heart sank just a little.   To the credit of...