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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Teens: Life vs Electronics

Teens today have so much more to distract them besides their homework, the opposite sex, friends, family members, and extracurricular activities.
Besides learning how to drive, teenagers are occupied with playing with an assortment of electronic games including cell phones, camera phones, personal computers, MP3 players, DVD players, ipods, xboxs, digital cameras, the list goes on.

Perhaps all of this electronic gadgetry has you concerned and you are wondering just how you can extract your teen and involve them in an outside activity where they can expand their minds and refresh their bodies.
Are you out of ideas? Let’s look at some options that may appeal to them and remove the worry from you.
Work on the Car So, you think that a car isn’t a kid magnet as much as when you first learned how to drive? Think again.
Today, kids are pimping their rides and expressing themselves through their cars. Custom paint, decals, blacked out windows. On the inside, it can be totally surreal: rear view mirrors wrapped with a studded belts, frilly seat cover trim, pushpin art attached to the headliner, decals everywhere, etc. Let them pimp your Camry or Explorer…that’ll keep them off the computer…and get you noticed too!

Volunteer Help your teen organize a group of his or her friends to clean up the neighborhood, paint an elderly neighbor’s house, teach younger kids how to ride bikes, or visit people at the local nursing home.
You remember when you were a teen and you heard the comments from your parent’s generation about kids not wanting to do anything or being “no good,” right? With a little direction, young people can do just about anything and are more than willing to help out if you believe in them. Rewards are nice too…be prepared to throw a pizza party after their time of service is over for the day.
Get a Job Kids who hold a job while going to school learn how to handle their money and budget their time. Limit work hours to fewer than 20 per week to ensure that their grades are not adversely affected. If your student is involved in extracurricular activities too, make sure that this time is included with the hours that they work.
Maintaining good grades is essential, no job or outside activity is worth it if it takes away from their schooling.
In all cases, show your teen that you believe in him or her. As you know, parenting is much more than providing for their needs…you want to guide your child from youth toward adulthood by showing them that there is much more to life than all things electronic. So, gently disconnect your teen and get them involved with other pursuits.
In teaching them to be in pursuit of good thing make it known to them that in pursuit of service is the best and not money.
And remember you can't do it alone talk to GOD abotu this and you will get to see you boy/Girl at the TOP.

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Money and Teens / Banking for Students

A bank serves as a financial institution, providing complex financial services, right from the maintenance of deposits to extending credit.

A little guidance and initiative help teens to improve their personal credit record. Banking offers the convenience of not having to handle large sums of money, thereby minimizing the chances of theft. Moreover, most of the financial institutions enable you to earn interest on your money deposited in a particular account.
There are a number of bank accounts and financial plans that are specifically designed for teens. Today, teens spend a lot on junks, wasted money if judiciously saved, could save them from debt in the future too.

Parents are advice to teach their children a saving habit and not a spend it all attitude.
Create a small bank in your kids room or be the bank, let him or her keep record of spendings.
Remeber before opening an account for ur kid in any financial institute seek the advice of a professional.

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Homework has been a perennial headache for kids and teens as well as for their parents. Following are some tips to make homework time more effective and enjoyable for all concerned.

1. No TV. As a general rule, kids should not watch TV while doing their homework. It might be a good policy to have the television turned off any time it's time to do homework, depending, of course, where the television is located.

2. The radio is OK. Contrary to what many so-called experts recommend, actual studies have shown that having the radio on a child's or teenager's favorite music station can actually help him learn better.

3. Set fixed hours. There should be a set schedule for homework. This way, the youngsters can arrange their schedules and make sure they get their homework done every day. It's also a great way for answering those comments. "I'll do it later, after I've finished whatever," which is a standard line among kids when asked if they've finished their homework. You may want to set a standard time for supper and family discussions, followed by study time. If the student doesn't have other commitments and gets home reasonably early from school, some homework can be done before supper.

4. Set telephone rules. As a general rule, kids should not be allowed to use the telephone during those hours when they are supposed to be doing their homework. However, sometimes it becomes necessary to use the phone, say, for confirming homework and the like. In these cases, the parents should set a fixed number of minutes for discussing school-related matters so the kids can get back to their homework right away.

5. Create a good study area. First, designate an area where it would be ideal for your children to do their homework, usually in their rooms. Set up this area to make it conducive for studying by putting proper lighting, an area for studying supplies such as pencils, pens, paper, books, and other essentials and make the area free from distractions. It might be a good idea to set up a bulletin board there as well.