Any parent with a teenage girl knows that dealing with a girl who is in the throes of adolescence can be an overwhelming task. By definition, the teenage years will be somewhat chaotic, largely because of the raging hormones your teen is tackling and the urge they have to constantly test their boundaries. It’s important to remember that these kinds of things, while frustrating at times, are supposed to happen. Luckily, vast improvements in technology have allowed the world to become a much smaller place, thus enabling people from all walks of life to connect with one another and share their wisdom and experiences. From social networking to web cams to feeling the pressure to succeed, as well as many other things, teenage girls are understandably overwhelmed. These 30 blog entries will shed some light on various things that all parents should be aware of so that you can be watchful of signs that your daughter may be involved in dangerous behavior.
Social networks are a double-edged sword, and can be a useful tool to stay in touch with family and friends all over the world or an outlet that can ruin a person’s life. There have been multiple heartbreaking stories of embarrassing photos being posted online for the entire world to see and a teenager taking her own life because she didn’t feel she could cope with the humiliation. These five blog posts will give parents tips on how to stay informed with what’s happening with their girls online.
- Third of Teen Girls Meeting with Online Strangers
- Alarming Number of Teen Girls Meeting Strangers on Internet (… Which I Stupidly Did at 15)
- Study: Bad Parenting Makes Girls More Likely to Engage in Risky Online Behavior
- Gossip in an Electronic World
- De-Stressing Teen Girl Angst
Drugs and Alcohol
Many teens find themselves at a point where they are interested in experimenting with drugs and alcohol to see what they’re all about. It’s important to explain why drugs and alcohol are particularly dangerous for teenagers to help discourage experimentation. Remember, kids look to you as their role model. Make sure that you are setting the example that you want your child to follow. These five blog articles will share information on drugs and alcohol in teens.
- Teen Girl Drug Use—How to Spot it – Look for Depression
- Partying: 7 Things that Can Go Wrong
- Alcohol and Teenage Brain Development, How Parents Can Help Their Teens Make Good Decisions
- Teenage Girl Who is Alleged Victim of Gang Rape Discusses Passing Out from Alcohol before Attack
- Discuss Drugs and Alcohol with Your Teen
Raging hormones can sometimes encourage teens to delve into dangerous situations. Teenage girls need to know your opinion about premarital sex and other sexual behaviors. She may abstain from premarital intercourse, but still experiment sexually in other ways. To find out what you need to watch for, read these five blog entries.
- Studies and Psychologists Warn About a Generation of Young Girls in Crisis: Anyone Listening?
- Discussing Promiscuity Among Teenage Girls with Author Kerry Cohen
- Teen Girls Creating Promiscuous Fashion Choices
- Viewpoint: Blowing Off Sex Education
- Teens: Oral Sex is the New Goodnight Kiss
Unfortunately, teenage girls are bombarded with images of beautiful women all day long, which can skew their perception of what’s normal and what isn’t. These images can also make girls more self-conscious than normal, which can have a negative impact on their lives. As teenagers mature, their bodies are constantly changing. When faced with the images that society feels are beautiful, they may find themselves unhappy with their own bodies. Watch for signs of an eating disorder in your teenage girl by reading these five blog posts.
- Anorexia and Bulimia: Illnesses or Lifestyle Choices?
- Eating Disorders—Not Just for Teen Girls
- Wasp Waists and Anorexia
- Overcoming Problems with Body Image: Food Restriction
- Even as Obesity Soars, Anorexia Remains a Huge Issue for Teen Girls
No one wants to believe that their child would cut themselves on purpose, but cutting is becoming more and more common among teenagers. This self-destructive behavior can be very dangerous, and can even lead to suicide if not stopped. Read these five blog articles to find out what can cause cutting and other details.
- Stressed Out Teen Girls: Cutting to Cope
- Why Do Teen Girls Cut Themselves
- Cutting: A Disturbing Trend Among Teenage Girls
- Teen Mutilation Secrets—Cutting More Common in Girls
- Teenage Girls & Cutting Behavior: Alder’s Mistaken Goals
Stand Out Teen Girls
Before you think that there’s something wrong with all teenage girls, these five blogs will show you articles about some very talented teenagers who have accomplished big things. Some have made a real difference in the lives of others.
- Talented Cairns Teen Stand Out in Style World
- Area Teens Reach for Big-City Ballet Dreams
- Mermaid Mom—Helping a Teen Start a Business
- Young Standouts Honored with Compassionate Action Awards
- Brittany Wenger, 17, Wins Google Science Fair Grand Prize for Breast Cancer Diagnosis App
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