, provides wanna-be singing sensations an opportunity to pursue their dreams. The contestants' reward: talent recognition and stardom. Teens need the life lessons of success and failure to mature. Our teens need us to be their greatest fan through their best and worst auditions in life. When we open the door to appropriate levels of freedom, we give our teens a chance to make their own decisions, and to learn from them. What your thirteen-year-old does today will be different when she's eighteen. In your teen's world, getting "asked out" may mean cementing an exclusive relationship after weeks of "talking" online, texting, or Facebooking.Teenagers still flirt, date, and fall in love - but with a whole new set of rules.Regardless of their performance, our sons and daughters need to know we love them — unconditionally. When your daughter messes up by getting a speeding ticket, support her. Because you can comfort and guide her through her mistake. As they demonstrate responsibility, allow more freedom. Boundaries include saying yes and no, just as doors are made to be opened and closed. Sometimes trying to survive activities during the school year turns into . Rather than fighting over schedules to exhaustion, decide beforehand. Until then, let's challenge them to take risks, work hard and dream big. Teen pregnancy, Sexually transmitted infections, broken hearts, and depression, are common themes for those who work with teens.
The irony is, when our child is a baby, we wish he grew up and when he grows up we wish he were still a toddler. Some just accept the problem and wait for the child to pass through that annoying phase while some completely give up on parenting.
Unlike fully matured adults, teenagers need guidance to stay on their path and not stray into dangerous territories.
More importantly, they need to master the art of self-discipline, which can be achieved with rules that set clear expectations and consequences.
If you feel like trust was broken, a lock down may be necessary. Each week contestants never know what their challenge would be.
If the door has been wide open, it's okay to shut it, a little, a lot, or completely.
Today, the average age for a person to begin dating is 13. Research has shown that serious adolescent relationships before either partner is emotionally mature can have detrimental effects for identity formation and even life and health.