Teens

Parenting teens requires different techniques than parenting younger children. Read these articles for tips on how to navigate your family through the teen years intact.

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You Caught Your Teen Sexting, What Now?

It was the day after a high school homecoming dance. I saw a parent I knew whose daughter was a senior. She asked me if I had chaperoned the dance. During that time, I worked with teenagers and was regularly involved with things at the school. I said, "No way. It's way too uncomfortable." She asked me what was uncomfortable. I said, "They don't really dance. All they do is grind on each other. When I was in high school, one or two couples might be doing that, but now it's 100%." She shrugged and said, "That's too bad." I replied, "You're not thinking about that figure. It's 100%." I was alluding to the fact that her daughter is in the number and when her face changed, I realized that it was sinking in. She said, "I'm sure it's not 100%." It just so happened that her daughter came strolling up at that moment. So she turned to her daughter and asked, "Do you grind at these dances?" Her daughter's face turned white and her eyes opened wide before she immediately walked, practically sprinted, away. Her mom yelled, "We're going to have a serious talk later!" That was over ten years ago and sexual activity among teens continues to escalate. Once everyone had a smartphone, it was only a matter of time before sexting became the next medium teens would engage in. Now sexting is widespread and if you've thought, "My son/daughter would never..." I would say that is naive. [Tweet This] Any teen is capable, even the ones who seem "pure" and "wholesome." If you have not had a discussion with your kid about teen sexting then start now. If you catch them engaging in it or even if you haven't, prepare yourself for that talk with the follow points. . . .

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