Help My Preteen/Teenager is Driving Me Nuts!!!

Written by Kimberly Chastain

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So, what can a parent due to survive? In my e-book, “Help My Preteen/Teenager Is Driving Me Nuts!!!” I list several strategies. Here are a few of those strategies.

1. When your child is talking back. Do not engage in conversation with them and certainly do not do something special for them, like taking them torepparttar mall. 2. Try not to give unsolicited advice. I’m not saying quit parenting all together, but advice is often listened to more when your child asks for it.

3. Make sure you spend time listening to your children. Take any opportunity even if it is at 11:00pm to listen when your child is willing to talk. 4. Talk torepparttar 142510 parents of your child’s friends and have a curfew that everyone agrees on. There is strength in numbers for parents as well. Then, you can say not “everyone” gets to stay out later than your child.

5. Talk to other parents for support. Often, when our children are small we share a lot with other parents. Sometimes, when our children get to be teenagers we keep silent. It really helps to know you are notrepparttar 142511 only parent having a difficult time.

In conclusion, it is tough being a teenager and a parent of one, but everyone involved can survive. Rememberrepparttar 142512 favorite phrase, “This too shall pass.” You didn’t think your children would ever get out of diapers and now look, they are teenagers. Teenagers still need you, so stay involved in their lives. Learn about their friends and be willing to listen at anytime. Also, remember some of their seemingly strange quirks are really quite normal.

© 2005 Kimberly Chastain

Kimberly Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She was recently featured in the book the Myth of the Perfect Mother. She is the author of “Help, I Just Can’t Say No” and Pearls of Encouragement for Christian Working Moms. To schedule a free, initial coaching session send an email to or visit

It’s Not Your Father’s Climbing Frame!

Written by Ian Wide

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Made popular by such manufacturers as Playskool and Little Tikes, plastic climbing frames are made of high impact, sturdy plastic that can withstand weather and rugged use. Bright colors, rounded corners and clever designs make plastic climbing framesrepparttar perfect choice for toddlers and small children. Generally closer torepparttar 142447 ground, it often features holes and tunnels for crawling and climbing, broad-based support for safety and slides with rounded rails to prevent tumbles.

Finally, there are hybrids - metal frames with wooden structures or plastic components like crawling tunnels and climbing walls. These are most often found in public playgrounds, but there are some available to build in your backyard. They may be based on a metal frame with a wooden structure or canvas tent, or have a plastic crawling/climbing tube up to a wooden platform.

Considerations when buying a climbing frame for your back yard or garden includerepparttar 142448 age ofrepparttar 142449 children,repparttar 142450 amount of use it will get, aesthetic considerations and safety features. A well-constructed climbing frame, whateverrepparttar 142451 material, is one ofrepparttar 142452 best investments you can make for your family's recreation needs.

Ian Wide contributes to many sport and leisure sites such as climbing frames and trampolines.

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