We see the reality today in our Country Trinidad and Tobago and in general, that many young people—especially in their teenage years—weaken in their faith when they are tested. The origin of these crises can vary widely: pressure from a paganized environment, friends who ridicule others’ religious convictions, a teacher who imparts an atheistic viewpoint or denigrates the importance of God. But these crises become serious only if those undergoing them are unable to open up their hearts to the right people for advice.

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By Tonia Gooding

Conscious, positive parenting is parenting with a plan for a positive outcome. The positive outcome for each child within a family may be different, however there is an underlying fact that parents wish a child to be happy and content in whatever path the child eventually takes, and that, is the most positive outcome of all. To achieve this goal, as in all other goals in life, be it career or otherwise, we parents need to identify a plan of action, a template for enabling our children to ultimately achieve true happiness in life.

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The greatest single thing that any parent can do to improve communication with their adolescent son and daughter, is to think about them in a different way. 

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Children often go through a period of crisis in their teenage years. They grapple with the big questions about the meaning of life and may seem rebellious as they demand water tight reasons for the faith and customs that have been handed on to them. Their studies become more demanding and they are challenged to look seriously at their future options of a career. During the adolescent years, the sexual instinct is awakened and this can cause a teen to be insecure about his or herself as they seek to understand what is happening to them and to integrate this dimension of their being into how they understand themselves and how they should interact with others, especially of the opposite sex.

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Homework Survival Tips

On 14/12/2011, in Parenting Tips, by Mark


At its best, homework can be an opportunity for kids to learn the skills of time management and the value of solving problems on their own. At its worst, arguments over homework can create power struggles in families, bruise parent/child relationships and waste valuable time.

Usually, the common ‘nag, nag, nag’ scenario is ultimately ineffective…so how can we prevent homework from turning our households into battlegrounds full of conflict, threats and arguments?

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