Understanding 10-14 Year Olds
Here is a remarkably well-done guide to early adolescence by none other than the U.S. Dept. of Education. Look beyond the government title and the fact that it is an initiative of the “No Child Left Behind” program. This is a terrific document, one I wish I had written. Nancy Paulu gets the credit for writing a masterful booklet. If you are totally confused by preteens and young teens, then this is the one booklet I would recommend.
“In the Middle” – An article about what’s going on inside middle school kids
The Center for Parent / Youth Understanding
40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents
Media Choices Are Not Easy.
These sites can help you make your own more-informed decisions…
Be Careful with the Internet
Here are two good articles about internet use in a home with children…
Social Networking and Teens
Here are some cool digital tools to deal with cyber-bullies and obnoxious FB friends:
Guidelines for Kids and their Social Networks (FaceBook, etc.)
The Power of Eating Together
The family dinner is a tradition which needs resurrection and protection
Activities: Ways to Connect
Simple, Powerful Stuff To Do With Kids
Good Parenting Articles
Teaching Boys to Be Men
Encouraging Kids to Pursue Their Dreams
This site is all about helping kids identify their gifts, talents, and interests (they call it a spark). They will help kids “play to their strengths” better.
Raising Kids Who Care About Others
This site is not the end-all-be-all, but it’s a good place to start.
Discuss Paying it Forward http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pay_it_forward
10 Worst Things to Say to Children
Warning Signs of Drug Use
For Youth Leaders
Great website with tons of free resources:
Hundreds of articles about youth ministry:
Protect Your Marriage
Kids who grow up in a home with happily-married parents enjoy many lasting benefits. Here are some tips to help deepen and protect a marriage. http://www.allprodad.com/playbook/viewarticle.php?art=395