It has been an absolute privilege to work for you, my parenting of teens visitors, for the last sixteen years. But, unfortunately, my time at About.com has come to an end. I will continue to write for parents at various locations. You can find out what I am currently doing by following my personal twitter page or my Facebook page. Thank you for the honor of serving your parenting teens needs - I'll see you around ;)
Teens have a lot of daily stress, very much like adults do. They are expected to perform well in school and achieve at their extra curricular activities. Here is a quiz that will help you figure out if your teen is too stressed and along with some resources that will help you help him.
Know who your teen is driving with at least a week before the prom. If she doesn't know, then be firm about being the one taking her. This will keep your teen from trying to pull the wool over your eyes at the last minute and drive with someone you don't trust. My daughter pulled this stunt and ended up in a small car with 8 other teens who were drinking.
Thirteen-year-old teens are finishing up one phase of life - leaving childhood behind - and entering into another phase - becoming a teen. This is the basis for their daily behaviors and issues. When parents keep this in mind... read more Behavior and Daily Routines Your 13-Year-Old Teen.