Category: Teens

Critical Thinking Skills: Resources for Parents

Critical Thinking Skills: Resources for Parents

Critical thinking skills are one of the greatest gifts a parent can offer a child in today’s world of too much information. As a people, we humans are bombarded by information coming at us from our various screens. How we relate to that information separates […]

Bench Mark Program: Setting the Bench Mark for At Risk Youth

Bench Mark Program: Setting the Bench Mark for At Risk Youth

When Kars4Kids awarded a small grant to Bench Mark Program (BMP), the unbridled enthusiasm of its Founder and Executive Director Will Kiefer seemed to leap off the screen. At least that was the impression of those of us in the office as we read Will’s […]

Effective Communicators: Broaden Your Child’s Future

Effective Communicators: Broaden Your Child’s Future

Effective communicators are the kind of people who, when they speak with you in private, you hang on their every word. Listening from the audience as they speak from the podium, you know you’re being silly, but you feel they’re speaking only to you. And […]

Manners: The Comprehensive Guide for Parents

Manners: The Comprehensive Guide for Parents

Manners are all about the Golden Rule: “Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.” In other words, manners are about caring for others. Children tend to think they are at the center of the world. Teaching children manners helps them to […]

Sex Education, Our Children, and Politics

Sex Education, Our Children, and Politics

Sex education, until recently, was sensibly handled. Today, alas, sex education has been politicized. Instead of thinking about what children are ready to hear, parents are told to confront children with confusing information. Planned Parenthood, for instance, is now disseminating sex education information to parents […]

Blue Whale Challenge: Should We Be Concerned?

Blue Whale Challenge: Should We Be Concerned?

The Blue Whale Challenge. What is it? Is it real? To the first question, put simply, it’s a game where the curator, also known as a “whale,” gives a teen fifty tasks, one per day. At the end of the fifty tasks, the teen is […]

BCAUSEICAN: Working with Families and Children One Day at a Time

BCAUSEICAN: Working with Families and Children One Day at a Time

BCAUSEICAN mentors children in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, teaching them financial and computer literacy and how to eat healthy and live healthier lives. The nonprofit was founded by three men who were born and raised in this community and believe they have something to […]

Energy Drinks and Bars: Deadly Teenage Treats?

Energy Drinks and Bars: Deadly Teenage Treats?

Energy drinks and bars attract teenagers by holding out twin promises of increased strength and ability on the playing field, and better concentration in the classroom. These food products are especially appealing to teenagers, since they never get enough sleep. When teens wake up late […]

13 Reasons Why Your Teen Should Not See This Show

13 Reasons Why Your Teen Should Not See This Show

Think of this as a sort of companion piece to last week’s blog piece, How to Prevent Teen Suicide. That piece was meant as a resource for parents. This piece has a different focus. It’s about the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. I just watched […]

How to Prevent Teen Suicide

How to Prevent Teen Suicide

Teen suicide is the second leading cause of death in young people aged 12-18. Only accidents come in ahead of suicide at robbing young lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Some 12 teenagers commit suicide each day which comes to around 5,000 […]