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Safety Tips for Teen Drivers

By: Aurelia Category: Main Site Links, Parenting A Teen

As soon as a child turns 13 years old they begin counting the days until they’re old enough to learn to drive. They yearn for independence and may think being able to drive will provide it. Parents want to ensure their teens remain safe. These safety tips for teen drivers can give you the skills you need to drive more responsibly.

* Begin by buckling up before you even start the car. Always wear a seat belt and insist that everyone riding in the car wear their seat belts as well.

* Adjust the seat and mirrors before starting the car. This will enable you to drive a comfortable distance from the pedals and steering wheel. It will also ensure you can see around you clearly.

* Never drive while you’re sleepy. It’s been proven that teens need more sleep than adults and younger children – at least nine hours each night. Unfortunately, most teens only get seven hours. If you’re able to get the nine hours of sleep you need, you’ll be able to stay alert while driving.

* Most states have a ‘zero tolerance’ policy when it comes to teenage drinking. Drinking and driving is the surest way to lose your license, face heavy fines, go to jail, cause the death of others or possibly die yourself. The best way to avoid being involved in an alcohol-related accident is not to drink and drive.

* Pay attention to the speed limit when driving. Many teens feel they’re invincible and drive too fast. There are many teen accidents and fatalities each year. Speeding, alcohol use and lack of experience are contributing factors.

* Drive to be seen by other drivers. Turn on your headlights and you’ll ensure other drivers will see you. If you don’t drive with your headlights on at all time, be sure to turn them on well before natural daylight begins fading.

* Focus on driving. Many people enjoy listening to music. Turn the radio on, set the station and leave the radio buttons alone. Don’t change the stations. Keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.

* Eating can also cause you to lose focus on driving. If you’re hungry you can always eat in your parked car or go inside to eat.

* Leave the cell phone off while driving. Talking on the phone can divert your attention from driving and you could have an accident. If you text and drive, your chances of having an accident increase dramatically. If you must use your phone, pull off to the side of the road, make your call and then hang up before getting back on the road.

* Limit the number of friends riding in the car with you. Ask them to keep their voices down so you can concentrate on driving. If they get too rowdy, tell them you can’t allow them to ride with you any longer. It may put a kink in your friendship but at least you’ll still be alive.

* Drive with the proper four-second distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Driving too close to the vehicle in front can mean you won’t have time to stop if they have to stop quickly.

Parents want to know their teen is a safe driver and can encourage them by sharing the above safety tips for teen drivers. You can also increase your teen’s driving skills by enrolling them in defensive driving classes. Help them drive safely and you’ll be able to rest a little more while they’re out.

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Tactics For Dealing With Emotional Teens

By: Aurelia Category: Main Site Links, Teen Education

It cannot be said enough: dealing with emotional teens is never easy. Thankfully, there are several tactics that parents can use to make the process easier.

Here are a few tactics to try the next time you are dealing with a stressed or moody teen:

Stop And Listen –  Make sure that you give your child a chance to say his or her piece before spouting off about how they should handle a situation.  Make sure to take the time to let your child vent their frustrations and disappointments to you. For some teens, knowing that you care about their problems and are interested in what is going on in their lives is enough to turn their mood around.

Talk It Out – Talk with your teen on a regular basis about everything that is going on in their lives. Whether their problems are with anger or depression, getting to the bottom of things together and providing them with feedback will certainly be more effective than ignoring a problem and hoping they outgrow it as an adult. By opening up the lines of communication, you may be able to get inside their mind and see just what has effected their disposition in such a drastic way, to better help them resolve their problems.

Show Your Love — A little bit of love and attention can go a long way. Even though they might think that they are too old to come running to mommy for a hug and kiss to make everything better, deep down, sometimes that is exactly what they want to do.  Anticipate this reaction and offer a hug or a shoulder to cry on, whenever you notice your child is struggling with a depressed mood.

Even though they might be treating you somewhat poorly, just reminding them that you love them can show them that no matter how they feel and what they are going through, you are there for them and care about them. As hard as it can be sometimes to respond to a poor attitude that way, it is extremely necessary.

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A Quick and Important Introduction

By: Aurelia Category: Main Site Links, Uncategorized

Hi there – we officially took the new wrapping paper off of this site today and I am thrilled to have this new site up and all of you here visiting.  Take your time to browse the may resources that we have and be sure to tune into our latest show or one of our archived shows.

 I want to introduce you to our Virtual Assistant here at Parenting My Teen: Tricia Gardner.

Tricia is a ‘God Send’ and takes care of the site, advertising inquiries and she plays a huge role in seeking out and screening guests to appear on the show.  Tricia also keeps me on my toes and handles the bulk of the day to day tasks around here 😉 She’s been a guest on the show a few times and I have to tell you – she is a lovely lady both inside and out.

Tricia is a Work At Home Mom of three children and she has a very supportive husband. She is the proud owner of  TimeSaver VA and has been in the administrative field for over 10 years.

You’ll see Tricia around here quite often adding content, graphics, moving pages around and commenting on the site.  Be sure to say Hi when you see her.

Welcome To Our New Home

By: Aurelia Category: Main Site Links, Parenting A Teen

I’d love to hear your comments and thoughts about our new home.

You can now listen to the same great shows, read the same wonderful articles and get the same incredible resources right here at this new and easier to navigate site.

There are a few different ways that you can listen to the Parenting My Teen Podcast.

1. Listen right here: – Just visit our main page and click on the arrow, click on the audio mp3 button or simply click on the download link. The latest show will always be available there.

If you want to listen to a past show, you can do so by visiting the podcast category archive. The past shows will be listed there.

2. Subscribe to the feed – Visit The latest audios will be available there, and you can subscribe to have them come to you directly.

I love that not only is this new site easier to navigate, it is now interactive. You can post your thoughts and comments about the articles and shows directly to the website.

I will be busy this week recording a new “Prom” show for next Monday so be sure to keep your ears and eyes open for a new show soon.

As always, I welcome your feedback. Be sure to let us know what you think of the new look by sending us an e-mail or feel free to call our Listener’s Line at 214-615-6505 ext. 4245 and record your thoughts.