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Parenting Your Teen

 

All parents want their teen to feel confident, secure, and be successful in life. Learn about the resources that can help you to raise and parent a healthy teen.

Parenting your teen

All parents want their teen to feel confident, secure and be successful in life. Family, schools, peers and communities play an important role in healthy adolescent development.

Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

10 or more hours of sleep:

  • Keep your teens’s bedtime the same every night.
  • Encourage your teen to be active during the day.
  • Keep TV’s, video games and computers out of your teen’s bedroom. The light and sound from screens prevents teens from sleeping.
  • Avoid food and drinks that have caffeine (colas, chocolate, tea and coffee).

5 or more vegetables and fruits:

  • Have vegetables and/or fruit with meals and snacks.
  • Fill half the plate with vegetables and fruit.
  • Eat meals or snacks together as often as you can.
  • Avoid snacks that are high in sugar, fat and salt.
  • Keep fruit in a bowl on the table and cut vegetables in the fridge so that they are ready to eat.

2 hours or less of screen time:

  • Limit the time teens spend on the TV, computer (outside of school work), electronic games and other screens.
  • Eat meals together as a family at the table and not in front of the TV.
  • Replace screen time with active time.

1 hour or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity:

  • Provide a space and time for teens to be active.
  • Help your teen choose activities that increase heart rate and occasionally make them out of breath. Try activities such as soccer, swimming, dancing, skating or playground games.
  • Allow your teen to walk or bike to school, the park or store
  • As a family, be active together and as a parent, model a physical lifestyle for your teen.
  • Involve teens around the house with chores such as gardening, vacuuming, dusting or sweeping.

0 sugar-sweetened drinks:

  • Avoid sugar-sweetened drinks such as pop, fruit drinks, energy and sport drinks that contain few or no nutrients.
  • Offer teens water throughout the day. Pack a reusable water bottle for school.
  • Encourage teens to drink two cups of milk or milk alternatives each day for calcium and vitamin D
  • Limit juice to no more than one cup of unsweetened 100% juice per day. Choose whole vegetables and fruits more often than juice

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Preventing sports injuries

Whether playing sports or participating in recreational activities like skateboarding, inline skating, biking or ice skating, teens should know how to keep themselves safe from fall-related injuries.

How to help your teen lower their risk of sports injuries

  • Provide safety gear and make sure they wear it
    Activity Safety gear
    Bicycling Helmet
    Inline Skating Helmet, knee and elbow pads, wrist guards
    Scooters Helmet
    Skateboards Helmet, wrist guards, knee and elbow pads
  • Make sure you wear the safety gear too.
  • Watch them when they are playing sports or participating in recreational activities. Make sure they are not making mistakes that could cause injury.
  • Know the rules of the sports they play and discuss fair play with them.
  • Keep a positive relationship with your teen by talking to them. Parents with strong connections to their children can positively influence with them.

Concussions

A concussion affects the way a child may think and remember things, and can cause a variety of symptoms. A child does not need to lose consciousness to have a concussion. All concussions are serious because they are brain injuries.

Preparing for high school

Most parents pull away from school involvement due to work schedules, extra-curricular activities or because they think their child does not want them involved. However, this is the time when parents need to be connected with the school in a different way.

Ready, Set, Whoa!

Starting high school can be a big transition. The following information and resources will help you navigate and support your teen’s journey through the next stage of their life.

Developmental Assets®

Developmental Assets® are traits, values and experiences that all young people need to be healthy, successful and reach their full potential.

These building blocks, or Developmental Assets®, are grounded in research on child and adolescent development, risk prevention and resiliency. The more assets young people have, the more likely they are to thrive, make healthy choices, and avoid harmful behaviours.

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