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April 12, 2013

On Instagram and spending April vacation with teens

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Cleaning out unwanted items at home and donating them or volunteering at the local food pantry by serving, cooking or stocking food provide meaning and bring your family closer to the community.

Include time for games like your favorite board or card games.

Plan and make a large meal together and for a group of family and individual friends.

Include your girls’ friends in a couple of activities while stressing the balance of family time and friend time.

While they may not be initially enthusiastic, they’ll come around if you are persistent. You can compromise regarding Facebook and online access. However, recognize that the more they engage, the harder it will be to set limits.

Parenting tip: Your question shows your desire to experience life with your girls; don’t pass up the opportunity the vacation offers. Create positive memories and be strong when they show resistance, they’ll follow your lead.

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Dr. Kate Roberts is a psychologist and parent coach; her focus is helping parents help their children. Look for her upcoming column on what parents need to know about Minecraft. Send her questions on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-Kate-Roberts/470742712988070 or via email at kate@katerobertsandassociates.com.

 

 

 

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