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Explaining Divorce
by Vicki Lansky

Adolescents aren’t necessarily better equipped to deal with divorce because of their age. Anger and uncertainty are normal reactions for these kids, although they may be more adept at hiding these feelings. • Adolescents are learning to separate from the […]


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Rites of Passage in Adolescence
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

Adolescence represents one of the most difficult stages in human development. The teenager needs desperately to leave his childhood behind and enter fully into the world of adults — but often feels the pull of childish impulses and desires, and […]


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School Records and Your Rights as a Parent
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

If your adolescent has had learning difficulties or other school problems, then these usually have been recorded in some way in your teen’s school files. These school files follow your child from school to school, and may even accompany them […]


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Making Any School Subject Come Alive for Your Adolescent
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

Is your teenager bored with school? If so, you may need to do something at home to help bring a little life into his various school subjects. Here are a few suggestions: • For boring textbook material, try acting out […]


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Apprenticeships: An Important Teaching Tool
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

With high school dropout rates and teenage apathy running rampant through our schools, it may benefit many parents to consider other choices for educating their adolescents. One important option to look at is apprenticeships. Apprenticeships go back thousands of years […]


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Cultural Literacy: What is it and What Does it Have to do with Your Adolescent?
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

Recent books, such as Allen Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind and E.D. Hirsch’s Cultural Literacy have focused new attention on the issue of how little our kids really know about their own culture. Studies suggest that high school […]


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Test Taking Skills
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

Tests, unfortunately, are becoming more and more widely used in our school, creating test anxiety and learning blocks in our teens that get in the way of school success. However, you can help your adolescent cope with the negative effects […]


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Textbook Learning – Part 2
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

Textbooks represent one of the primary tools used by teachers to help high school students learn about a new subject. Yet research suggests that textbooks may be among the least effective approaches in helping your teen to learn. • First, […]


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School Labels
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

Has your teenager been given one of the following labels at school? • Learning disabled • Emotionally disturbed • Mentally retarded • Educationally handicapped These are a few of the many terms used to label students in schools across the […]


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The Myth of Learning Disabilities
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

Your teenager may have been labeled “learning disabled” but he may not actually be a disabled learner. Many, if not most, of the two million students who are labeled “LD” learn perfectly well, if they’re given instructional approaches tailored to […]


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