Being the parent of an adolescent boy is legendary for its difficulty. But according to one priest, who acts as a spiritual director for high school boys, just keeping in mind seven points can make for a better relationship with adolescent sons.
This is the seventh part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen.
We now come to the fourth letter—D for “Discipline.” Lifting up our teens with affirmation, blameless love, and connectedness is critical for their health. But like a table, a fourth leg is needed to keep things on an equilibrium—the leg of parental guidance and enforced boundaries. Continue reading
This is the sixth part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen.
CONNECTING WITH THE WORKADAY WORLD
If your teen is not overscheduled and you feel good about the family connectedness, then part-time work may be another way your teen can develop into a highly healthy adult. After all, he or she does need to learn how to work, and the last I checked, the best way to learn how to work is to work! Continue reading
This is the fifth part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen.
CONNECTING WITH FRIENDS … AND MORE FRIENDS
Besides connectedness with parents, highly healthy teens need connectedness with highly healthy friends, activities, and faith communities. As teens gain independence and go out on their own, friendships become more important than ever. Continue reading
This is the fourth part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen.
The “C” of the “ABCD’s” of raising highly healthy children and nurturing highly healthy teens is “Connectedness.” It includes connecting with your kids, connecting your kids with good friends, and connecting your kids with their Creator. Continue reading
This is the third part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen.
The “B” of the “ABCD’s” of raising highly healthy children and nurturing highly healthy teens is “Blameless” or “Unconditional Love.” Do you love your child blamelessly, unconditionally? Or is your love conditional, as in “I love you because of … ” or “I love you if … ”?
In my book, God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen, I wrote about the fact that highly healthy teens need four things from their parents to maintain their emotional health during their preteen and adolescent years.
I call them the ABCD’s of parenting:
- A = Affirmation
- B = Blameless love
- C = Connectedness
- D = Discipline
Reuters Health is reporting that within 2 years of having sex for the first time, half of teenage girls may be at least one of three common sexually transmitted infections (STIs), according to results of a study published in December. Often, those girls are infected by the age of 15.
Researchers followed 386 urban adolescent girls aged 14 to 17 for up to 8 years. Within 2 years of becoming sexually active, half of the girls were infected with at least one of three common sexually transmitted organisms:
- Chlamydia trachomatis,
- Neisseria gonorrhoeae, or
- Trichomonas vaginalis
- the organisms that cause chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis, respectively.
The researchers found that a quarter of the women had acquired their first STI by age 15, most often Chlamydia.
“Repeated infections were very common,” study investigator Dr. Wanzhu Tu, of Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis told Reuters Health by email. “Within 4 to 6 months (depending on the organism) after treatment of the previous infection, a quarter of the women were re-infected with the same organism.”
Tu said young women are at risk of STIs as soon as they become sexually active.
The study findings appear in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, published by the American Medical Association.