Tips for raising genuine teens

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Tips for raising genuine teens

As tweens become teens, a lot of parents notice that they act differently at home then they do at school. This is totally normal. As teens begin to explore their identity, their likes and dislikes, they are going to act differently around their school friends, their sports friends, and at home. This is okay as long as they are being genuine. It's really important to talk to your kid about those different personalities and why they act differently. Sit down and ask them if they know what it means to be genuine. "Do you think that you are different at school or at home?" Often times just getting them to think about their actions and who they are it will help them to make sure that they are always being genuine, no matter who they are with.

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Vanessa Van Petten is one of the nation's youngest experts, or 'youthologists' on parenting and adolescents.  She wrote her first parenting book, You're Grounded, from the teen's perspective when she was just 17. After winning the Mom’s Choice Award in 2009, she launched her popular parenting website,, which she now writes with 120 other teenagers to answer questions from parents on everything from communication issues to cyberbullying. Vanessa's unique approach has been featured by CNN, CBS Miami, Fox New York, Wall Street Journal, Teen Vogue, and many more.  She was also on the Real Housewives of Orange County helping the housewives with troubled teens. Her latest book, Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I'm Grounded?  won the Moms Choice Award in 2012. 

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