Learning to drive is an important rite of passage for most teens. It offers them greater freedom, reduces their dependence on parents and can provide new opportunities to pursue extracurricular activities, part-time jobs and time with friends. Parents also benefit as they are freed from the responsibility of having to chauffer their teens. Unfortunately, along with these new opportunities, comes great responsibility and significant risk. In fact, the number 1 cause of death for teens between the ages of 16-19 is automobile accidents and nearly 1 in 4 teens will be in an accident in their first 6 months of driving. Consequently, it is critical for parents and teens to understand these dangers and what can be done to reduce […]
This week's Parenthetical post is one of two in a new forgiveness series summarizing many of the concepts presented by Dr. Bob Enright of the International Forgiveness Institute during his Forgiveness Seminar at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. It offers suggestions for the importance and prac...
Admitting a learning challenge can be difficult for anyone, but for teens, who are already struggling with issues of identity and self-worth, asking for help can be even harder. As parents, there are steps we can take to help teens admit difficulties they may be facing and provide resources to help…
Your teen will likely spend lots of time in their room. Last week we talked about the importance of working with your teen to create smart bedroom spaces that are functional but that also speak to your child’s interests and personality. We offered some sites to help get you started. This week we
No matter how famous, how smart, or how prepared you are parenting an adolescent can be a daunting task. Parenthetical is designed to help and support you as you prepare to meet that challenge. It’s a blog, a website, and a social network, all in one place, where you can talk with other parents and interact with experienced parenting educators and adolescent development experts from University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Wisconsin-Extension.
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