You get a phone call at work from your daughter’s school. The Vice Principal would like to meet with you as soon as possible about a bullying incident involving your daughter. Your heart sinks as you promise to be there as soon as you can. You wonder if she is ok, worry about the long… Continue reading What if Your Child is the Bully?
In a previous blog post we looked at how peer pressure can have a negative impact on teenagers as well as its influence on their thinking, actions and decisions. In this article we will look at cyberbullying, another form of negative peer pressure which has quickly emerged in the last few years as a major… Continue reading Cyberbullying – A Major Contributing Factor of Depression and Suicide in Teens and Young Adults
As teenagers start exploring the world around them, their contact base will expand beyond their immediate circle of family, friends, and relatives to include another important section known as peer groups. Peer groups enjoy a certain degree of acceptability based on shared similarities such as gender, community, age, and activity, which makes them a substantially… Continue reading Is Your Teen Being Negatively Influenced by Peer Groups?
by Jan Hamilton There’s a new program on Netflix that has caused quite an uproar in the media, and in our office. 13 Reasons Why is a Netflix series about Hannah, a middle school girl who takes her own life. Two weeks after her tragic death, a classmate named Clay finds a mysterious box on… Continue reading A Counselor’s Thoughts on 13 Reasons Why
As parents, we spend a lot of time encouraging our teens to make new friends and cultivate the friendships they have. However, are we examining the types of friendships they have? How about negative relationships that are known as toxic friendships? One such toxic relationship that can exist particularly among teen girls is the so-called… Continue reading The Toxic Friendship: Frenemies
The definition of kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Being a truly kind person is an important quality to have. As a parent, you should help instill this quality in your teen. This week has been dedicated as National Random Acts of Kindness Week. Celebrating is a great way to combat… Continue reading 10 Quotes to Inspire You During National Random Acts of Kindness Week
The long, lazy days of summer have come to an end and given way to the frenzy of back to school and all the activities that go along with it. While many teens look forward to going back to school and seeing their friends, it can also be a harrowing and stressful time for other… Continue reading Does Back to School Mean Back to Bullying?
As your teen develops socially, they’ll most likely find new things to interest them and form new friendships in the process. The duration of teen friendships can seem somewhat erratic, much like teenage emotions and behaviors themselves. Interaction among teens will almost always include some form of jesting, teasing, or playfulness, as teens form their… Continue reading Is Your Teen Being Bullied? 15 Signs to Look For, and What to Do as a Parent