The teenage years have a lot in common with the terrible twos. The major developmental task facing both age groups is also the same: kids must pull away from parents and begin to assert their own independence. This makes for complicated parenting, especially because teens are beginning to make decisions about things that that have real consequence, like school and friends and driving, not to speak of substance use and sex. This means that having a healthy and trusting parent-child relationship during the teenage years is more important than ever. A request that seemed reasonable to dad may be received as a grievous outrage. If this sounds familiar, take a deep breath and remind yourself that your child is going through his terrible teens.
The Right Way for Parents to Question Their Teenagers
How having smartphones (or not) shapes the way teens communicate | Pew Research Center
Establishing credit and learning to use it wisely when you are a teenager can make the transition to adulthood much easier. As a parent, there are a few things you can do to help your teen build a positive credit history. One way parents may choose to help their teen build a credit history is by adding him or her to their existing credit card accounts as an authorized user. As an authorized user, the teen has permission to use the credit card to make purchases, but they are not responsible for the debt. As the primary account holder , you would still be responsible for the debt. Adding your teen as an authorized user gives you a chance to show them how to be responsible with credit while helping them build a credit history. When the bill arrives, you can use it as a teachable moment to discuss the monthly statement and the implications of not paying the bill in full.
How having smartphones (or not) shapes the way teens communicate
By Amanda Lenhart. Teens have many different kinds of friends. There are casual acquaintances, associates, classmates, school friends, friends from camp or church or dance or soccer, all with varying and shifting degrees of closeness.
A new report from Common Sense Media [download page] offers data suggesting that teens are communicating less in-person than they used to, and more through digital means. The big loser? In-person communication. There are some interesting differences in these communication preferences when sorting by demographic, though.