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My own dysfunctional youth in an alcoholic family helped me decide to raise my children with love, acceptance, and honesty. It must have worked. We`ve got terrific kids. Those I've answered on this site usually feel I've been helpful in their unique situations. Our world is so much better when we lift instead of crushing. Every child is worth more than any bank can hold. If I can help at all, it will be in teaching both parent and child of their own personal value to humanity, and how to punch through the noise of the moment to find their greater purpose. Together, we can all make a better world.

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Tired, poor, huddled masses; homeless, tempest-tossed.

What do you like about this subject?

I love people, and consider everyone valuable to humanity as a whole. Teens are my favorite age, as they are generally idealistic and unafraid of failure. They do need guidance, and judging from my feedback, I've been able to assist in a little "course correction" here and there.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

To teach parents that guidance is a good thing, and most teens are begging for it. They don't want pals-they choose their own. They want, need, and deserve parents who will teach them right from wrong and be totally honest with them.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Boys and girls brains process information differently, and problem-solve in distinctive ways. Each age is a step in their development, and with proper guidance, parents can lead them into a happy and successful adulthood.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Some parents think it's "cool" to provide alcohol or drugs for teens, allow them to break the law, or view pornography. These choices are bad for all concerned, and only lead to disaster down the road. I've seen it. Don't do it. Get help for YOURSELF first if you are doing these destructive behaviors.

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2015-06-23 Trick on my Daughter?:

Hello, Lisa-    You have asked the wrong person this question.    A parent should NEVER tease, "prank" or otherwise disturb, frighten or injure a child. No matter the name used, this type of behavior is

2015-05-18 Discipline:

She IS wrong. You are right.     This is really a tough one, and I thank you for asking, Ed. Sadly, I'd just do the same as you, and give her things to read, like this:

2014-09-23 son too young to have fun?:

Hello, Steve-    I am shocked. Your wife is your partner. You keep nothing from her--ever.    That said, yes. Thirteen is FAR too young for these behaviors, and you should have shut it down the very first

2014-07-27 ALL ALONE:

Dear Cameron,    Are you kidding me? I can count on one hand the number of children in their teen years who actually WANT to go places with their parents. Most people ages 13-19 would almost always rather

2014-07-14 15 yr old:

Hi, Conni-    This problem is more common than you might think. Often when older siblings excel, the youngest soon realizes he will never be able to compete or do as well. Instead of finding a different


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