Monday, 6 December 2010

Great Ways For Teenagers and Kids to Make Money

As a kid you were probably content with a bit of money or small treats from the local shops now you have grown up there are many other things you need. You know your parents are not going to buy everything you want so you would like to find a way to start earning cash yourself. You will find numerous ways for teenagers and kids to make money and hopefully this article will help.

Child Minding

This is the most simple idea for you to begin making money, you can begin by offering to babysit the children of family. If you are good at Babysitting then word of mouth will spread and you will more than likely have more people seeking your services.

Kid's Party Help

A lot of parents will choose to have children's birthday parties at home in order to reduce the costs and most will do the catering at home, with so many things to think about they will quite often want help. You could make money by learning who in your area is planning a children's party and offer your assistance.

Party Entertainer

Party entertainment can cost a a huge amount of money but it is found at almost all kid's parties. A great idea for teenagers to make extra money is by giving the parents a less expensive option. Kid's love having face paints, get patterns online and have fun! You could also offer to do do fake tattoos.

Home Cleaning

House work is a pain, very few people actually want to do it, but it needs to be done. For older people and those with children it is a never ending chore. A lot of people will be very happy for more help with all of the chores. As with any of the ideas for teenagers and kid's to make money this one is another that will earn you extra work as more people are told about it.

There are many more ways for kid's and teenagers to make money both online and offline, visit to find out more Ways for Teenagers and Kids to Make Money.

Pam Halligan-Sims

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Friday, 3 December 2010

How to Deal With Teenage Breakups - What Parents Can Do to Help

One thing that parents of teens always seem to struggle with is how to deal with teenage breakups. There is a great deal of drama and emotion involved in these breakups that your teen is completely unprepared, on an emotional level, to deal with. It's import to keep a few things in mind and take a step back in time yourself in order to properly help your teen get through this trying time.

How to Deal with Teenage Breakups

1) Be patient. Sit back and watch things unfold. Offer your support and a shoulder for your teen to lean on but stand back in the shadows and try not to go out and snap the neck of the person who broke your teen's heart. You never know, they may end up back together again.

2) Be supportive. Listen to what your teen has to say and offer a sympathetic ear. Whatever you do, do not dismiss the emotions as temporary or somehow unimportant. To a teen tasting heartbreak for the first time is monumental. It would be detrimental to your relationship and the speed of recovery to minimize the impact this moment is having on the life of your teen. The best you can do is offer them comfort in the fact that you too were once a heartbroken teen and that in time the feelings will be less intense.

3) Distract your distraught teen. One of the best methods how to deal with teenage breakups when you're the parent is to keep your teen distracted by other things. Go out and do something fun together that will take your teen's mind of his or her current heartache.

4) Give your teens the tools he or she will need to get back together with the person that has broken his or her heart. You'll be surprised how much a little bit of hope can do for your teen. It will also help you enjoy some quality bonding time together while you work on ways to mend the differences your teen is experiencing with the former (and hopefully future) love of his or her life.

Instead of wondering how to deal with teenage breakups it may be a better plan to see what you can do to help your teen get back together with his or her ex. You will find excellent "get your ex back" guides online if you know where to look. When you are ready, watch this free video: to get started mending broken hearts today.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

How to Help Your Teen Get a Job

Teens are so aggressive. They want things done right away. Especially, when they want to earn for themselves.They always feel excited about a new endeavor they are getting into. And that's a good sign. Helping them out to find the right job for them encourages them more to be responsible.

Help them out with these tips:

Find out what they really want to do first.
Find out if the place he wants to work is safe
Find someone who could refer your kid.
Give him some tips on how to answer, in an interview
Be with him to give him moral support on his interview
If he is turned down, encourage him and help him to get up and go for another one.

Job hunting is a fun game, especially when the whole family is behind you. Support your kid in every way because it builds up the confidence in them. Instead of being bored doing nothing, a job will do them good. It will take them away from wrong people and away from vices.

The compensation doesn't really matter to them. Most teens would just be happy that they have a job. Whether he comes from a rich family or not, he needs to experience working.

There is no problem for a rich kid to get a job especially when they have their own family business. In case they don't have, he can still be referred to a family friend without any problem.

Be very happy when your kid would like to find a job. It is a break for both of you!

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Understanding Why Teens Self-Harm Or "Cut"

There are those in the world who suffer from an impulsive need to cut themselves. This is not a suicide attempt. This behavior is a form of coping. The Mayo Clinic describes this behavior as repetitive and impulsive, where something upsetting triggers the action, though self harm can also be planned, controlled and methodical. This behavior is the way this individual has learned to deal with the stress in their life. Self harm also includes picking at scabs or interfering with healing wounds, hitting oneself, burning, hair pulling, and other forms of self harm. It is a compulsive disorder. Cutters feel compelled to self mutilate with a sense as though there are no other options. People who self harm are in sensory overload, and can't deal with the amount of pain they feel inside so they have reached a state of empathy and numbness and they need to cut to feel anything. The cutting leads to endorphins being released as a natural pain killer in the body and these endorphins can cause addiction over time.

According to there are 2 million people in the United States who are self injurers. The typical person who injures themselves is, according to the MHA of NC, from an upper middle class family, average to high intelligence, but low self esteem. 50% were sexually or physically abused, and as high as 90%were forbidden to express emotions like anger or sadness. Those who hurt themselves may abuse drugs, or alcohol, or also have an eating disorder.

There is also a growing belief that women and men may both be equally guilty of hurting themselves, but males explain the injury as the result of some believable life event and thus hide their problem. The reasons why one hurts oneself are the same. Low self esteem, empathy, numbness, stress, and to cope one cuts and the sensation is addicting. The one distinction between the sexes is that females will often say they hurt themselves out of a need for self punishment. Males have a greater chance of killing themselves due to the method of self harm they chose. Both have a chance of taking the injuries too far. They need help, not rejection. Also there is some peer pressure involved with self harm. One person doing it may pressure others to as well.

Treatment for cutting must be tailored to the individual. If one suffers from depression, some medication may help to increase serotonin levels (natural pain killer) to reduce self harm. Psychotherapy or talk therapy can help with the underlying issues as well as teaching how to cope with stress and boost self esteem. Often the underlying problem is having strong emotions that are capped and blocked and they need to be released in a healthy fashion. Let the person open up about self-injury. Let them know those around them care. Encourage the individual to express their emotions, including anger. Do enjoyable activities together. Don't make judgments and don't tell the cutter to stop, because these actions would cause the cutter to feel worthless or powerless. A cutter to cope with the self injurious behavior needs to recognize the problem themselves, and realize it is not an indication they are a bad person. Get professional help, someone to trust. Find out what triggers the behavior and realize it is a means to ease stress and find other means to achieve this end that don't involve self injury. Avoid web sites that seem to glamorize self harm. There is a way to take back control.

Chy King, M.Ed. is the owner of The Sober Sources Network and has extended her network on alcoholism, addiction and mental health recovery for both adults and teens. You may view one of the live forums at The Sober Village to see recovery in action. Visit for teen support or visit our portfolio of resources at

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Thursday, 11 March 2010

Teenage Dating - How Should Parents Respond When Teens Begin Dating?

This is a topic which can raise strong emotions in parents which is completely normal. It is scary to think of your son or daughter starting to date. Of course, our minds often go to the worst case scenarios - they will date someone who is no good, they will start having sex, they will get pregnant, they will shut me out completely as a parent. All of these are obviously legitimate fears, however, most teenage dating does not go this way.

There is no "best" age at which teens should begin dating and there is no "best" way for a parent to support their teenager as they enter into the dating stage. However, there are a few tips to remember which may be of help. First, it is important to remember that generally girls mature faster than boys and therefore teenage girls generally become interested in dating at a younger age than do boys. This also means that often times, teenage girls may date boys who are older than them (note that I said "boys" and not "men"). Second, it is important to remember that dating is a new, exciting and sometimes heartbreaking experience for teenagers. Being open to the process, not overly critical of your child's choice of a boyfriend or girlfriend (unless of course you believe they will cause your teen harm), and supporting them is important so that they are more likely to come to you if they have questions or concerns related to dating. Finally, remember that your teen will likely have many boyfriends or girlfriends and that is okay and normal. During the teenage years they are not picking out their lifelong mate - they are just looking to get to know someone on a new level and engage in a relationship which is emotionally (and sometimes physically) intimate. The dating process will help them discover what it means to be in a more intimate relationship which will benefit them when the time comes to actually look for someone with whom they may be in a long term committed relationship.

One concern I have heard voiced by parents of teens who are beginning to date is how much freedom they should give their teenager and should they allow their teenager and their boyfriend / girlfriend to ever be alone. Both questions are tricky and somewhat specific to each family's situation. Some things to keep in mind when making this decision in your situation are:

- Is my teenager generally responsible?
- Does my teenager generally make healthy decisions?
- Do I know at least a little about my teen's boyfriend or girlfriend?
- Do I think my teenager will let me know if something is wrong?
- Does my teenager generally have good boundaries and decent self esteem?
- What parameters can I put in place to allow my teen a little freedom which can gradually increase as we feel this situation out further?

If your teenager is generally trustworthy with decent self esteem, they will likely be okay with a little freedom. However, if your teenager is generally not where they are supposed to be or does not come in when they are supposed to - it is likely that they will continue with the same pattern when out with their boyfriend / girlfriend. Particularly with teenage girls, self esteem can play an important role in dating behavior. Girls who have very low self esteem are at risk to be taken advantage of by males. They are generally in a position where they just want to feel good about themselves and connect with others and often will let others take advantage of them in an effort to get this connection. Allowing themselves to be used by others can be a devastating experience for teens so it is important, as a parent, to be aware of such situations.

In general, it is ideal for you as the parent to know the people your teen chooses to date without being overly critical of them. Invite them to the house for dinner, allow them to hang out with your teen and watch movies, play video games, listen to music, etc. as a means of getting to know them without being overbearing and overprotective. for the toughest of them all...what about sex? We all know of situations where teens in high school and sometimes even middle school become pregnant and this is one of a parent's biggest fears. The reality is that there is no way for a parent to stop their child from having sex - if they really want to do it, they will find a way to do it. However, it is possible for a parent to have a thoughtful discussion with their teenager about having sex and to attempt to put some parameters around their dating relationship which may help them see there are other things they can be doing within their dating relationship. For starters, it is always best if parents can have an open conversation about sex with their children. It allows children to see that their parents are not living in the dark ages and that they are not so uncomfortable by the subject that they cannot even talk about it. In addition, it opens the door so that should an issue come up with your teen related to sex, they may be more willing to come to you rather than try to hide it. In addition, giving your teen ideas about how they might want to spend their time while out with their boyfriend / girlfriend can be helpful so that their time is more structured. This helps them to see that they can have fun doing various activities with their boyfriend / girlfriend and that the relationship does not need to be built around physical intimacy.

There are not clear guidelines for teen dating and there are no clear cut answers for how to help your teen navigate the process smoothly and safely. The above suggestions and tips can help calm the waters, however, it is inevitable there will be some waves during the teenage dating years since this experience can be both very exciting and painful for teenagers.

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Monday, 1 March 2010

Relationship Help - Teenagers and Relationship Issues

Teenagers have a lot of relationship issues. Why? Because they are discovering the power of love for the first time. And this power is very overwhelming. I have a 16 year old son myself, and I get to see first hand how crazy this can get. But he handles his relationships very well, and I have a few ideas why.

One of the questions I get the most from teenagers is "Why does my boyfriend lie to me so much?" Children lie for the same reasons adults do. Because they are afraid to tell the truth. Lying is an easy way to avoid the consequences of certain acts. The more assurance you give your child that it's OK to talk to you about anything, the less they need to lie. And you have to practice what you preach. Parents often tell their children to share what's going on in their lives, just to freak out when they hear something the parent doesn't like or can't relate to. Do this a couple of times, and the child will find it easier to lie than to upset the parent. Another reason for lying is that the child is not comfortable being who they are. They will lie to their friends to make themselves look more important. Building your child's self esteem early on will reduce the need to pretend to be someone else.

How teenagers handle relationships with others is directly related to how they view themselves. The more self respect the child has, the more respect he will give to others. Self respect in a child is developed by the one else. Teaching children that they are important, unique, powerful and special will give them the confidence to handle almost any situation, especially difficult ones like relationships. As adults, we have been through so many relationships and difficult situations, that we can easily forget how disorienting love can be. We don't have to fully understand what our child is going through, we just have to arm them with the tools to handle it. What they learn now will carry them through a lifetime of relationship situations.

Children also learn from what they see. TV, movies, songs and the media have an effect on how children behave, but none more so than what the parents do. Trying to cover up your relationship problems will teach your child that it's OK to lie. Making them aware of the mistakes you make creates a bond. They appreciate the idea that you think of them as equals and sharing your mistakes with them shows that you trust them and want them to learn from you...and they will do just that. Hiding things from your child will create distrust. If they are 5 years old, that's one thing. But if you think your 13 year old is too stupid to notice what's going on, you're making a big mistake. Children already have the adult they are going to be locked away inside them...just waiting to blossom. Treat them with respect. After all, you are the one who has made the mistakes. They might be able to teach you a thing or two.

How do you create an everlasting quality for your relationship today?

For nearly 20 years one man, Colin Martin, has searched for and found the number one secret to building an exceptional romantic relationship. The answer doesn't lie in the endless volumes of self help books and repetitive talk shows...but within yourself!

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