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President Obama recently proclaimed February 2013 National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. This issue is something that should be of great concern to young people and their parents as they make their way through the maze of teenage emotions and behavior that dating often elicits.
Dating is often a large part of a teens’ experience. It is a chance to learn more about who they are and as a result of this knowledge, explore what works for them in a relationship. Unfortunately, these relationships can take an unhealthy turn and people can be hurt emotionally and even physically. Often the hurt is not recognized as unhealthy and these patterns can be very subtle and increase in intensity over time.
Try to look objectively at qualities in your relationship to see if it healthy. Ask yourself the following questions;
Do we trust each other? It is a myth at jealousy is a sign of love. It can be flattering if your boyfriend or girlfriend acts jealous but jealousy and possessiveness are signs of insecurity and a need to control the other person. Trust and respect are signs of love.
Do We Respect Each Other? Respect is about valuing the other person’s opinions and ideas.
Do We Support Each Other’s Goals? Do we encourage each other to do our best?
Share in Decision Making? Is there healthy balance in the give and take of how we choose to spend our time?
Can we express our feelings openly and peacefully? Is it possible to express worry, insecurity and other feelings without being put down or condemned? Can we disagree without fighting?
Do we really listen to each other? In healthy relationships each person takes time to understand and hear what the other is really saying.
Do we have and encourage other interests outside of our relationship? Healthy relationships bring energy from wholesome activities with other people or interests and strengthen the relationship not weaken it.
Do we understand the need for time alone or with family?
If you have questions about relationships Talk to an adult you trust.
-parent or other relative
Call a hotline
-National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 (1-800 799-SAFE)
Rape, Abuse & Incest national Nework (Rainn) National Sexual Assualt Hotline
Virginia Family Violensce and & Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-838-8238
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
866-331-9474, 866-33`-8453 TTY
Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance
Choose Respect www.chooserespect.org
Surviving the Teen Years
Want new ways to tackle-
Hang on, help is on the way! Stafford Social Services is seeking parents who wish to enhance their parenting skills. Stafford Social Services will offer the "Active Parenting of Teens" video-based workship for six sessions from 6:30-9:00pm Wednesdays, May 1st through May 29, 2012 and Monday June 3. Fee: $15:00 refundable cash deposit to borrow the workbook for the session. Call Kim Strader at 658-4284 by April 29th to register.
Coping with Crisis
A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope
Tips for Parents and Teachers
Whenever a national tragedy occurs, such as terrorist attacks or natural disasters, children, like many people, may be confused or frightened. Most likely they will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children cope first and foremost by establishing a sense of safety and security. As more information becomes available, adults can continue to help children work through their emotions and perhaps even use the process as a learning experience.
All Adults Should:
What Parents Can Do:
What Schools Can Do:
For information on helping children and youth with this crisis, contact NASP at (301) 657-0270 or visit NASP’s website at www.nasponline.org.
Modified from material posted on the NASP website in September 2001.
© 2002, National Association of School Psychologists, 4340 East West Highway, Suite 402, Bethesda, MD 20814, (301) 657-0270, Fax (301) 657-0275; www.nasponline.org
Healthy Teen Girls Program
The Healthy Teen Girls Program is a free program that provides support and education for middle and high school females. The groups are facilitated by trained leaders with experience in working with youth.
If you are a young woman who is looking to grow in your understanding of
healthy relationships, self esteem, domestic and dating violence, healthy habits of communication, anger management, boundaries, and self-confidence, this group is for you!
The program requires a 12-week commitment on Monday nights from 7-9 pm.
Please call Sarah Bush at the Rappahannock Council on Domestic Violence Office: 540-373-9372 ext. 126
Hotline: 540:373-9373 E-Mail SarahB@rcdv.com
Resources for Parents of Teens!
It's a tough job-being the parent of a teen. I know; first hand. I also know, you can survive!
I will be posting resources to support you during this challenging time.
This article is about the biological basis of some behavior and ideas for handling the dreaded drama that seems inescapable.
ADHD and Teens
How Does ADHD affect teens?
Teens with ADHD can have a tough time. School may be a struggle , and some teens take too many risks or break rules. But teens can get better with treatment.
What can I do for my teen with ADHD?
Support your teen by settling clear rules for him or her to follow. Try not to punish your teen every time he or she breaks the rules. Let your teen know you can help.
For more information contact The National Institute of Mental Health Toll-Free 1-866-615-6464 or E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org Web sit:www.nimh.nih.gov