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Radical Parenting

To improve parent-teen relationships by providing them with new perspectives, stories and neutral places to communicate.

Members: 163
Latest Activity: Sep 7, 2011

Meet Vanessa Van Petten from Radical Parenting!

As an author, entrepreneur and life trainer for teens, I have dedicated my life to helping parents and teenagers mend their relationships.

After witnessing many of my friends from high school and college ruin their lives with drugs and alcohol, I learned that most of their anger stemmed from poor relationships with their parents.

I believe that by helping bridge the communication gap and providing safer activities for teens, generation Y will grow up to be happier and healthier adults.

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Comment by CLAIRE MARKETOS on April 13, 2011 at 1:32pm
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Comment by Diana Landen on July 31, 2010 at 11:08am
What would you like to read about on the subject of teens?
Comment by Sandra Joseph on June 30, 2010 at 9:01am
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Comment by Amy Morley on February 10, 2010 at 8:57am
Here's a great course that helps you connect with your children, offered through the Institute for Humane Education.

Raising a Humane Child
A month-long distance learning course for parents who wish to bring the principles and practices of humane education to their child-rearing and family life.

March 1-26, 2010
October 4-29, 2010

Developed for parents with children of any age, Raising a Humane Child will expand your parenting strategies to help you bring humane education concepts and values to your children and manifest your vision for a better world, starting with your family. Learn more & register:
Comment by Tiara Selean on October 18, 2009 at 2:28am
Hi,im a mom of a teen and tween.I am really trying to have better communication with my teen.Im so glad I found this group and website.I feel I have some extra tools in my pocket now(lol).
Comment by Jennifer on January 26, 2009 at 10:12am
Grown up Digital: A must read book for anyone dealing with teens
Comment by Jennifer on January 11, 2009 at 11:35am
I want to let everyone know about a great website for teens called Hey Josh, by a great entertaining youth leader Josh Ship. Read all about it at:
Hey Josh - Advice, entertainment and community website for teens
It is also great for parents of teens to keep up with what is going on with them.
Comment by Jennifer on January 10, 2009 at 6:12pm
Hi everyone. I write a blog very relevant to the topic of this group. It is called "Connect with your teens through Pop Culture and Technology". I'm looking forward to discussions here.
Comment by Lindsey on December 22, 2008 at 3:27pm
I was a teen not so long ago. I have seen a lot and can now look back and see everything my mom has ever said to me and really understand it. I have always had a great relationship with my mom, i just wanted to do what i wanted to do. But i really believe its who you hang out. I see that now. Just like my mom always told me. I had always said i am strong enough to do what i want and know right from wrong. But if i never put myself in those situations then i would not have anything to worry about.
Comment by Mary on December 9, 2008 at 9:20pm
Mine aren't really issues. My daughter is 14. We are super close. Lately she's become more reclusive to her room (I guess that's a normal teen thing, I did that as well). If I'm in her space too much she lets me know...when I back off and give more attention to my 7 year old son all of the sudden I love him more than I love her (according to her).
I'm involved in her interests and support anything she wants to become interested in (theater mostly). She's not of the sporty type which really throws me because that's what my life as a teen was all about. She's more of an intellect, book addict, life studier. She loves to write. So I am adapting myself to things she likes.

I just want her to be able to confide in me...I feel she vents in her stories (which are at times a tad dark) and I feel the need to do....something to get in touch more with her.

We go out shopping or to a movie, just her and I, to attain more bonding time. I am constantly striking up conversation just to get in her world for a while and see what's up. I don't know.

Ya think I'm just dealing with typical teenage actions or am I missing something here?

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