It’s that time of year again. No more sleeping in. It’s a time for new beginnings. A time when you get a fresh start. How will you make this year great?
Here are some tips for helping your teen start off the school year on a positive note.
Stress is a top cause of health, psychological and relationship troubles. And while stress often is considered an adult issue, the truth is that it affects teenagers, too. In fact, according to the latest Stress in America survey from the Washington, D.C.-based American Psychological Association, more than a quarter of teenagers (27 percent) say they experience extreme stress during the school year, and 34 percent expect their stress will increase in the coming year. Summertime doesn’t mean teens are free and clear – 13 percent of the survey respondents said they also suffer stress over the three-month break.
For parents of school-age children and teens, the summertime means family vacations – Roller coasters, bouncy houses, giant fuzzy mascots and all. It doesn’t take an expert to know that these getaways are important. Hours-long road trips allow for the kinds of conversations with your kids that just aren’t practical during the busy school and work week. Plus, spending quality, uninterrupted time in a new environment can help improve your relationship dynamic and make memories you’ll cherish forever.
The spring break season is officially under way. And of course, teens everywhere are excited about a week of freedom and fun in the sun. But it’s also a great time to lend a helping hand. Project SOS offers five great ideas for rocking your spring break in a positive way.
High school can be a blast. But it also can be incredibly stressful. The teen years are a highly transitional time when kids are leaving childhood behind, learning about and dealing with the opposite sex, balancing social lives with scholastic responsibilities and unknowingly making decisions that may affect the very course of their lives.
Among the top concerns of today’s high school students are drugs & alcohol, sex and personal image.
The good news is that the rate of teenage pregnancies has been on a steady year-over-year decline. The bad news – The sheer numbers of teen births remains far higher than most would expect and the consequences for both young mothers and their precious babies are heartbreaking and long-lasting.
According to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Guttmacher Institute and other research agencies, three in 10 American girls will get pregnant at least once before age 20. That’s upwards of 750,000 teen pregnancies each year. And nearly a quarter of teen moms will have a second child within 24 months of delivering their firstborn.
While reality shows like MTV’s Teen Mom may make pseudo-celebrities of girls having babies while still in high school. But the true reality is far, far different for those who aren’t on television.
If freshman year is tough for teens, you better believe it’s tough for parents. No longer are your biggest worries about bake sales, soccer cleats and PTA meetings. High school is a whole new experience for both your teen and you – and all the rules have changed.
That said, keep in mind that the freshman experience, as stressful as it most definitely will be (we won’t sugarcoat it), can also be a fun, exciting and successful one. Just know that while your teens will never admit it out loud, they’re depending upon you to help guide them in some ways while letting them find their own path in other ways.
It’s a fine line you’ll be walking over the next four years. So, Project SOS offers a few tips gleaned from veteran high school moms and dads.
August means back to class for tens of thousands of Northeast Florida youth and teens. You’ll reconnect with friends you haven’t seen in months. And you’ll no doubt meet a whole host of new people. As the 2013-2014 school year begins, Project SOS offers a few top tips for establishing and maintaining healthy friendships:
It’s no secret that bullying is on the rise in America’s schools, playgrounds and neighborhoods. But why do kids resort to bullying? Jacksonville’s Project SOS offers these tips to help identify a child or teen’s potential for trouble.