Turn on the news and most likely the stories you hear will include school shootings, bullying, sexting, car accidents, burglaries, and/or other types of acts being committed by teenagers. What has our world come to? Are you sending your kids to school with backpacks and tablet covers that are bulletproof? Is your teen having to carry a clear backpack, exposing their life to everyone? How did we get here?
When I say the word teenager what comes to mind? If you are like most people, the words rebellion, trouble, unsupervised, and stubborn come to mind. You might also think: mass shootings, drugs, crime, pregnancy, peer pressure, sex, puberty, driving, attitudes, relationships, irresponsible, and messy. Those about to go through the teen years might think: independence, first job, fun, sports, adventure, dating, invincible, and driving.
Dodging “bullets” used to mean he/she got a “D” instead of an “F.” Or, a teen who thought she was pregnant and wasn’t. Now it means so much more.
It’s time for all of us to get fired up and do what we can to protect our kids. There are so many kids out there that need your help and there are parents that have no idea what to do. It’s time for parents to take back control over their tweens and teens and equip them to deal with the many situations of today. Are you with me?
There is a lot of chatter today about reinventing yourself, especially after 50. There’s no “magical” age when you find yourself in a difficult situation, whether it be a divorce, death of a loved one, or a job loss, and have to make some tough decisions. It is these times that you need to re-evaluate your life and determine the best path for you. You can’t listen to others advice on what you “should” do with your life. It’s your life, do with it what you want. When it is all said and done, what do you want to be said at your funeral? Do you want people to talk about your life contributions or the fact that you listened to everyone else and did things that you didn’t even enjoy? Do you want them to talk about how happy you lived, or how sad you always seemed to be?
Making real, deep, lasting change in your life is hard work. It requires diligence, commitment, a willingness to take risks and the nerve to summon the reserves of inner strength you don’t know you have. Deciding to take on a new career can be hard. There is something new to learn; new people to meet; perhaps courses to take; all while trying to figure out how you will continue to pay your monthly bills. Don’t get discouraged. I want you to know that I’ve reinvented myself several times and, although hard, has been the most rewarding part of my journey so far.
Until you are confronted with taking care of yourself and a home, many people do not realize what is involved. It can be overwhelming to some and totally frustrating to others. Life is meant to be enjoyed. If you equip yourself with the knowledge to take care of the everyday tasks, you will then be able to enjoy other activities. Whether you are moving out for the first time; or going it alone due to divorce or death of a loved one; or starting a family of your own, this information is for you. The material inside will provide a new dimension of potential for you and your family. I’ve put all the cards on the table for you. Ace Your Life, is the “Ace in the hole” that will provide the tools and knowledge, to gain that something, to put you and your family on the pathway of an informed and powerful life.
This is a book to help parents and teens to navigate the obstacles that teens face today. Teens are known to be irresponsible, messy, hormonal, and rude. It is time to change the way adults view teenagers. Teens today are faced with drugs, teen pregnancy, texting or sexting, alcohol, peer pressure, bullying, and other dangers. Why do our teens use drugs and alcohol, gamble, or fall prey to other destructive behaviors such as eating disorders or cutting? We will walk through these and other scenarios, and I will offer guidance on how to get through it.
Man and woman relationships alone are difficult. When you add his kids, her kids, his ex, her ex and the in-laws, most people cannot handle the pressure. Step-families require more effort and understanding because of more people involved, and this often includes young ones who didn’t ask to be put into the situation to begin with.
The manner in which you approach the role of parent or step parent and the attitude you put forth will differ from those around you. You must pay particular attention to your actions so as to not alienate yourself from your partner or the children. Things to take into consideration when blending a family are: finances, living arrangements, holidays, grandparent responsibilities, and legal ramifications. These are just a sample of the items we will cover. Not everyone is willing to take on this responsibility, but you have made the decision to do so. I hope you will learn from the information contained herein to make the transition easy for everyone involved.
This is a book about the basic life skills that are not always taught in school or at home. Those basic life skill needed by adults of all ages for everyday living. Did you ever wonder when you were getting ready to leave home for the first time, if your parents had taught you everything you needed to know to survive on your own? Or, were you in a long term relationship and now find yourself single and don’t know where to start? Do you know how to do laundry; clean a home; balance a checkbook or cook a meal? Are you aware of the different types of deposits required to either rent or buy a home? If the answers were “yes” — good for the role models that you had! Thank them every chance you get! If the answers were “no” to most of these questions — don’t be discouraged — there is help on the way! It is my hope that this book will help those who need it and will be shared with others who can benefit from it. This is not a “be all, end all” book and it is not intended to replace knowledge received from professionals trained in certain areas. As a Registered Nurse, Life Skills Expert and a mother, I want to be able to help the adults of today and the next generation to come.
The primary goal of the teen years is to achieve independence. Other goals include: finding a way to fit in; thinking about a career choice; and for many just making it through high school. For the process of the primary goal to occur, teens will start pulling away from their parents. They will pull away from the parent they are closest to first. Although capable of making decisions, a number of teens are not ready for the adjustment. Maturity levels vary among teens. No matter what level you are in your maturity, the principles in this book will work for you.
A pocket guide for handy reference to motivate parents towards positive parenting.
As you expose your child to new experiences, you open his mind to a bigger, more exciting world. When your child engages in pretend play, he is actively experimenting with the social and emotional roles of life. By getting in touch with your own “inner child” and using your imagination, you will discover a new way to connect with your child. When you follow your child’s lead, you will learn more about your child and his play interests. Whether you pretend to be a bug, a tiger, or a pirate, make-believe is critical to your child’s development. Have fun pretending with Aaron Bug. See what other “bugs” your child can come up with. Encourage imagination!
The world is a melting pot of families of different configurations. One of the most important gifts we can give our children is to help them feel good about the uniqueness of their family and help them learn to accept, respect, and include people whom they may experience as “different.” Whether you have a traditional family, single parent family, two mommies, two daddies, or many of the other types of families, give your children the love and respect they deserve. Teach them that being “different” is okay!
Self-Insight provides us imminent approaches that we can take to get around each corner in life. Instead of waiting for things to happen, self-insight prepares us for what is coming.
Good parenting helps foster empathy, honesty, self-reliance, self-control, kindness, cooperation, and cheerfulness. It also promotes intellectual curiosity, motivation, and desire to achieve. It helps protect children from developing anxiety, depression, eating disorders, anti-social behavior, and alcohol and drug abuse.