Advice for teens on dating

“Know that there will be conflicts in terms of time.

“Asking your teens gives them a sense of their importance, and shows them that parents value their contributions,” says clinical psychologist Dr. Parents might even share budget considerations and discuss how much money can be spent.

Perhaps they would prefer a gift of Time (with a capital ‘T,’ no distractions) with parents or grandparents instead of presents?

They don’t wake up when you want them to, can be very particular about their food choices—19-ingredient Vegan Tofu Mock Turkey, anyone? And their holiday wish lists get more expensive every year.

Yet, with a little bit of planning, this holiday season could be one to remember—for peace and joy, rather than “Madness at the Mall!

But that doesn’t mean you have to stick with the tried and true.

Perhaps it’s time for some new ones (see sidebar) that acknowledge a teen’s individuality and interests.

When family psychotherapist Sharon Earle-Meadows’ kids became teens, Earle-Meadows started an annual Christmas Eve family fondue party. The whole family would light candles, sit on the floor by the fireplace, and dip treats into the bubbling oil.“You have to let go of the storybook holiday.

Instead, celebrate in a way that keeps teens engaged and acknowledges their individuality,” says Earle-Meadows.

Treating the behavior now can reduce the chances a troubled teen will become a violent adult.

, Jeramy and Jerusha Clark offer an overview of a teen's brain from a neurological perspective, sharing insights on your teen's emotions and the impact of puberty and hormones.

“It’s what gets them out of bed in the mornings and gets them off to school,” says Alter.

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