Teen Therapy Center Blog

"Should I force my son to do something extracurricular?"

This week’s "Tips on Teens" comes from a mother who is tired of her son spending all day on his phone and is wondering if she should force her son to do something extracurricular. Here's the question:

"My son is about to start high school and I really want him to do something extracurricular. I don’t care what it is as long as he does something! I can’t stand that he spends so much time staring at his phone. I want him to have fun and meet new people. He says he doesn’t want to do ANYTHING… just go to school and come home to relax. Am I crazy if I force him to do something?"

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"My daughter recently graduated college and now seems paralyzed living at home with no job. What am I supposed to do?"

This week’s "Tips on Teens" features a question from a mother who is unsure how to handle her daughter returning to live at home after graduating college. Here’s the question:

"My daughter recently graduated from a UC with a major in Communications and has returned home. She did very well in school, but now seems paralyzed. She’s not applying for jobs and doesn’t know what to do. She says that she has no idea what she wants to do with her life. I thought that she would be on her way in life by now. What am I supposed to do?"

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"My son told me he is gay and is afraid to tell his mom. What should I do to help?"

Today’s question comes from a father of a teenage son who just came out as gay. Here’s the question:

"I don’t like keeping secrets from my wife, but my 15 year old son has recently come out to me as gay. I am totally fine with it and I want to support him 100%. However, he’s afraid to tell his Mom because she won’t accept it and will probably get very angry. We are a Christian family and love each other very much, but my wife and I differ on the acceptance of homosexuality. What should I do?"

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"How do I get my stepchildren to respect me?"

Kent answers the following question from a stepfather who is struggling to better connect with his stepchildren:

"How do I get my stepchildren to respect me? I’ve been living with them for over two years and they still fight me when I try to get them to do their chores, homework, etc. My step-sons and I all love baseball, and they both want to be good at it. I know baseball well and can coach them but they won’t let me. How do I get them to understand that I’m just trying to help? How do I get them to trust me and follow my lead?"

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"How do we help our kids prioritize school work over video games and social media?"

For this week’s "Tips on Teens” video Kent answers the following question from a parent who is struggling to manage her kids’ screen time:

"How do we help our kids prioritize school work over video games and social media without causing a war? Sometimes we just give in because we are tired of the constant fights, nasty responses, verbal combat, and defiance. It affects the whole family. It’s frustrating and debilitating and it feels like we are hamsters on a wheel repeating the same cycle again and again.”

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"How do I emotionally support my daughter after her father disappeared again?"

For this Tips on Teens Video, Kent answers the following question from a concerned single mother looking for advice in order to continue providing help and support for her 15 year old daughter:

"I am a single mother of a 15 year old daughter. Thankfully my family is very supportive. Her father has tried to be in her life from time to time when she was young but it never lasted. This time my daughter reached out to him and she was so excited that they seemed to be developing a relationship. Unfortunately, he disappeared again and she is so angry and hurt. Are there any pointers or advice on what emotional support I can give her and provide?”

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"What does it mean if my son is on the Autism Spectrum?"

Most kids and teens who are on the Autism Spectrum have an extremely difficult time socializing and relating with others, especially in school settings. Today, Kent answers the following question from a concerned parent:

"My 13 year old son has a lot of trouble keeping friends. His teacher suggested that he might be on the Autism Spectrum. What does that mean? How do I find out if he is?”

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"What do I do about my son and his obsession with becoming a Fortnite streamer?"

Video games are a common source of contention between parents and their kids. Kent answers the following question coming from a concerned and frustrated parent about her son and the extremely popular, Fortnite:

"My son will not stop playing a game called Fortnite. He’s convinced that he can be a professional “video game streamer.” He’s always asking for money to buy more computer parts because he “NEEDS” them in order to have more viewers on his stream. He makes it seem like we’re the ones to blame because he doesn’t have a good enough computer or internet. I am getting sick of it. What do I do?”

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"How do I get my teen to be more independent?"

It’s becoming more and more common for young adults to live at home with their parents until their 20s and even 30s. Kent addresses this concerning trend by answering the following question:

"So I’ve heard this term called “failure to launch” and I’m seriously concerned about my teen. He’s already 17 and can’t seem to do ANYTHING on his own. How do I get him to be more independent and take care of himself? I’m worried he’ll be at home forever!”

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"What should I do after a huge fight with my Teen?"

All parents fight with their kids at one point or another. Today, Kent answers the following question related to conflict resolution after one of the bigger fights:

"My daughter and I recently got into a huge fight and we both lost our cool. I said some things I regret but I don’t really want to apologize because it’ll make it seem like what she did was okay. How do I go about fixing this and getting things back to normal?”

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"Should I be concerned about my teen looking at porn?"

Today’s Tips on Teens is focused on kids’ access to pornography. Kent answers the following question from a parent who is worried about how porn might be affecting her son:

"I’ve caught my 14 year old son looking at porn a couple of times now. Should I be concerned? Aren’t all teens looking at porn? I don’t want to be the over-reacting mom, but I’m concerned with how it may be affecting him. What should I do?"

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"Is it a good idea for my Teen to get a summer job?"

For this week’s segment, Kent discusses teens and summer jobs by answering the following question from a concerned parent:

“My daughter is turning 16 and she doesn’t have much to do outside of homework and use her phone at all hours of the day. Do you think it’s a good idea for her to get a summer job? I’m worried that if she likes it, it might interfere with school if she wants to continue next fall?”

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"How to rebuild trust with your teen after a messy divorce?"

This week, Kent explains how parents can strengthen trust with their teens by answering this great question:

“How can we assist teens in developing trust (with peers, with parents, with everyone) when trust issues were compromised during a messy divorce and parental disputes?”

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How do I teach a child with ADHD "right from wrong?"

For this week’s “Tips on Teens” Kent tackles how ADD and ADHD effect learning by answering the following question:

How can I teach a child with ADHD the differences between right and wrong?”

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"Should I drug test my teen?"

Today, Kent addresses this very difficult topic about drug testing your teen:

I’m almost 100% sure my teenage son is smoking pot. I am not okay with this but I’m not sure what to do. Should I drug test him? If so, what’s the best way to go about doing it?”

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