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SEPTEMBER 25, 2015
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Temperamental teens... 

EDITOR l RACHAEL STEIDL

Two of my daughters are in their senior year filling out college applications, taking SAT's, and balancing school, sports and jobs. The first ParentClick newsletter I sent thirteen years ago focused on babies and trying to get them to sleep through the night. I was told about the the "Terrible Twos" but I do not recall being warned about the "Temperamental Teens". The definition of temperamental... liable to unreasonable changes of mood would be an accurate description of our teens.  I thought I would have parenting figured out by the time my children started school but I was wrong. The reality is that we are always learning and evolving as parents which is humbling. 

Teens think we are wonderful one minute and the rest of the time everything that comes out of our mouths annoys them. This stage requires more listening and walking on eggshells when offering any advice. This is an age of independence, and as parents, it is a transition for us to pull back and let our teens experience the natural consequences for their choices, both good and bad. While we struggle as parents to want to protect them, we have to remember that our teens are learning and growing from these experiences.  

We need to remember to pick our battles and not to get bogged down in the small stuff. Learn to take the simple moments and treasure them and in between, lean on other parents and take refuge in knowing you are not the only one with a moody teen. 

The issues teens are facing are overwhelming. Our high school counselors are challenged with seeing more and more students struggling with depression and anxiety. Our teens are having to navigate the pressures of "perfection" they see with social media. The rigor of academics and sports continues to increase. Parents this is the time to stay checked-in. You may need to change your approach in order to give them the independence they desire but they are not adults and they still need your guidance and support. In this teen issue, we have tried to cover some of the more important topics. Scroll down for articles on Driving Permits, College Applications, Social Media, Mental Health, and Drugs & Alcohol awareness in our community.

community calendar

ImagineFest2015

SEPTMEBER 26  l  VIEW EVENT
Imagine Fest is a family affair. When we say bring the whole tribe, we mean it. Kids under 12 are free. A Charity Yoga and Live Music Festival uniting our community to support the non-profit Unlikely Heroes. YogaBerries will have a booth at ImagineFest selling their yoga pants, headscarves & headbands.

Harvest Festival

OCTOBER 2  l  VIEW EVENT
A coveted fall tradition at Seaside Park October 2-4, complete with a pumpkin patch for kids, an outdoor stage with live entertainment, and three buildings brimming with hundreds of captivating arts & crafts and specialty foods.

Volunteer at Day of Caring

OCTOBER 2  l  VIEW EVENT
Day of Caring is not only an extremely rewarding event.  it is also a catalyst for creating community and social change. We have projects for everyone... Painting and Freshening up Interior and Exterior Common Areas, Tending a Community Food Garden, Organizing and Sorting Museum Art Supply Closets and much more!

Wild West Fest

OCTOBER 11  l  VIEW EVENT
Please come and join us for a fun filled family! We will have amazing entertainment, great food, bingo, fun rides, prizes, arts and crafts and let’s not forget the mechanical bull! There will also be a chili cook off competition. So come and have a rootin’ tootin’ good time with us! You can also ENTER YOUR OWN CHILI in the contest.

Bridging the Gaps of Hope GALA

NOVEMBER 5  l  VIEW EVENT
Join us for a stellar evening filled with good food and company, education, enrichment, a silent auction and performances by children with special needs.  Bring hope to families and children with special needs. Come out for an elegant evening.
chatter and editorial

Tips for getting a drivers license  

Here is your cheat sheet on the whole process from permitting to licensing when your child is ready to start driving. We found tips from the California DMV on the process so we had a better understanding of what order to do things for California since everything is different from state to state. 
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Articles on the College Process 

  • Preparing for college – start early VIEW
  • College applications: myth vs reality VIEW
  • Make your application standout VIEW
  • College app essay: forget about English class VIEW
  • College application overload VIEW
  • Recruiting checklist for high school athletes VIEW

Sobering articles around local teen drug use  

  • Parents, Don't panic, you can do this VIEW
  • Warning signs to look for in your teen VIEW
  • Adolescent alcohol use, local statistics VIEW
  • Drugs, mental health and adolescents VIEW
  • Facts about local teen drinking & drug use VIEW
  • Bing drinking, more dangerous than you think VIEW
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