Top 5 Warning Signs Your Teen is Becoming ‘At Risk’

“Children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority and show disrespect for their elders.  They contradict their parents, and tyrannize their teachers.”  This was written by Socrates 2000 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. Problems with teens aren’t new, but things have obviously changed.  Today’s youth, especially young women, face… Continue reading Top 5 Warning Signs Your Teen is Becoming ‘At Risk’

How we can help: Children of Divorce

Children of divorce often pay the highest price when families find themselves in the unfortunate position of dissolution or even possible reconciliation of marriage. For over a decade, the Academy at Sisters has provided expert care and educational services to teen girls who find themselves in the throws of their parent’s problems. You can help… Continue reading How we can help: Children of Divorce

The Anti-Social Child

In an effort to provide some perspective on problematic behavior I want to provide for you some guidelines on anti-social behaviors and understanding what you’re seeing. You will see some familiar terms here because we strive to address any antisocial traits when we see them. A truly anti-social youngster approaches the world with a sense… Continue reading The Anti-Social Child

The U.S. Department of Justice on Child Abuse and Neglect

In their longitudinal studies, the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Institute of Justice found some daunting statistics on child abuse and neglect. Their “findings strongly indicate the relationship between abuse and neglect and delinquency and adult criminality and violent behavior.” Although no single factor is likely to account for development of criminal behavior,… Continue reading The U.S. Department of Justice on Child Abuse and Neglect

How We Help Children Change

First and foremost our number one goal for kids we work with, all kids we work with, is to produce “self-efficacy”. By that we mean, “self-reliance”, “persistence”, “courage to endure adversity”, “resilience”, and “confidence”. In order to achieve this we believe we must focus on certain aspects of a child’s makeup. Primary in our focus… Continue reading How We Help Children Change

Normal Adolescent Development

Throughout history parents have been troubled by the behavior of their teens. When both teens and parents are prepared and aware of these commonly known hallmarks of adolescents, it makes the “transition years” much easier to cope with: Adolescence is a time of pronounced changes in… • Body • Emotions • Attitudes and values •… Continue reading Normal Adolescent Development

Basic Parenting 101

A parent’s basic job is to meet your child’s needs in the following 4 categories: Physical: Doing all you can to keep your child safe and healthy Keeping them safe Good nutrition Rest and exercise Medical care Emotional: Showing love, encouragement, providing security Intellectual:  Help your child enjoy learning, provide learning tools, games. Involvement in… Continue reading Basic Parenting 101

Do’s and Don’ts of Parenting

DON’TS: (Most overriding rules) Don’t apologize for parenting; it’s an obligation you must carry out and do your best. Don’t feel guilty when you must say no, it’s presumed the decision is well reasoned and thought out. Don’t make promises you don’t intend to keep. Don’t be inconsistent with the standards you’ve chosen to raise… Continue reading Do’s and Don’ts of Parenting

Learning Communication: Offering and Accepting Feedback

Often people choose not to offer feedback even though it would be useful in communicating with others. Instead, they avoid or overlook confrontations. They don’t want to make waves, or out of a lack of concern, don’t want to get involved. Even though we may not be aware of it, we are all capable of… Continue reading Learning Communication: Offering and Accepting Feedback