Packing Tips For The Teenage Girl

 

  1. Pack several different size ziplock bags to be filled later with everything from wet ponchos to dirty socks to snacks for a field trip hopefully not all at the same time.
  2. Wear your bulkiest clothes on the plane. Including a scarf because it gets chilly when being ventilated with the recycled air that will later give you the sniffles you will call home about and pass amongst the group of thirty for the entirety of your stay. Oy.
  3. Roll up t-shirts and other cotton things it keeps them from wrinkling.
  4. Take a few clothespins to be used in hotel rooms as needed to hang dry and not just drape.
  5. Tag your luggage in case of loss.
  6. Divide stuff in your suitcase by category such as all undergarments, all t-shirts, all pants. Your suitcase will be your closet away from home and you won’t have to disrupteverything to locate one item. 
  7. Flip Flops take up no room and serve lots of functions, from sandy beaches to late night hall bathroom trips (but hopefully not that late, okay?).
  8. Packing a journal is more valuable than bringing a book (don’t forget the pen!).
  9. Choose comfort over style because being comfortable is always more stylish.
  10. Take a small suitcase. Really. It’s easier to negotiate. And proves you are humorous.    
  11. Skip pajamas and think sweatpants and t-shirt. This doubles as airplane clothes, hiking clothes, and laying around missing your mother clothes.
  12. Don’t forget accessories! Hair clips and rings and earrings and bracelets can be dropped into a small ziplock.   
  13. To keep necklaces from tangling, lay them flat on a sheet of tissue paper, roll it up, then fold into your accessory ziplock.
  14. Don’t forget the camera charger!
  15. Pack extra space. Because stuff in places is always neater than stuff you can get at home.

Teen Exercise Tips

Here are  tips to help you help your teen ease into exercise and stay motivated so that she can feel the benefits.

Teen Fitness Tip 1: Build Slowly

Kids who aren’t used to exercising may only be willing to tolerate a little physical activity before wanting to quit. So start with small steps, such as a 10-minute walk every day after school. (If the thought of exercising every day seems overwhelming to him, start off with walking every other day.) Add a minute more of walking each time, and have him track his progress.

Setting small goals like this is important with kids. Seeing the minutes add up can help boost their motivation. You might also set up a contract with him that offers rewards for racking up more minutes.

Little successes will also build your child’s self-confidence and encourage him to make exercise a part of his life. Praise and encourage him for any positive steps he takes toward being healthier.

Teen Fitness Tip 2: Make Screen Time Count

All the time your teen spends in front of a TV or computer is time he or she is not being active. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than two hours a day of watching TV or playing video or computer games. So work together to set house rules on screen time.

And when your family does spend time in front of the screen, try these things:

Build in a little exercise. See who can do the most push-ups or leg lifts during commercial breaks, or schedule activity breaks from gaming.

Be a role model. Even if your teen is reluctant to hit the floor during TV time, she will notice if you do. Routinely do some crunches or other exercises while watching TV. Or keep small dumbbells and elastic bands in a box next to the TV to use during commercials or shows. This fitness-oriented approach to TV time may motivate her to follow.

Teen Fitness Tip 3: Make Workouts Enjoyable

The best exercise program is the one your teen will actually do. Does your son like nature and animals? Check out local outdoor clubs or organizations that sponsor outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and bird watching. If your daughter likes martial arts, dancing, or gymnastics, look for classes that would interest her at your local YMCA, school, church, or community center. Even activities such as drama can get teens out of their chairs and off their beds.

Remember, any movement away from sitting counts. That includes chores inside and outside the house. Schedule a cleaning hour or enlist your teen’s help in pulling weeds, trimming bushes, or doing volunteer cleanup at a local park.

Teen Fitness Tip 4: Consider Weight Training

Strength training, or resistance training, may be a good activity for teens who are not yet used to aerobic exercise. A 2009 study showed that doing resistance exercises three days a week can significantly lower body fat and increase muscle, strength, and power inobese children.

It’s not necessary to join a gym to do strength training. Your child can do push-ups and crunches, lift weights, or do exercises with resistance bands at home for little or no cost. Just be sure to talk with his doctor before your teen starts a strength training regimen.

Bodybuilding Tips For Teens!

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        Believe it or not, the same personal organization and time management that helps you succeed in school is also important in bodybuilding. Because most of us are not professional bodybuilders and therefore have schoolwork, jobs, and extracurricular activities to worry about, the ability to plan and execute is the key to maintaining a consistent diet and workout plan.

The worst approach is to train “when I’m free” and eat healthy “when I can” because that type of attitude is too vague and doesn’t hold oneself accountable.

Instead, plan your day ahead of time – know when and how you will train and what you will eat throughout the day. This may involve skipping out on leisure activities or preparing and packing food for the road, but the progress will be worth it. And also leave room for the unexpected by always knowing that workouts and diets will get interrupted by everyday life. How quickly and effectively you get back on track is very important.

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          The gym is a place to train and train properly. That seems like an obvious and unnecessary statement, but I often see people, especially younger individuals, using the gym improperly. Some come to check out the women in aerobics classes, others come to socialize with their friends, and still others come simply to show off and display their strength and power.

While the first two groups are an annoyance to gym goers everywhere, falling into the third category can lead to serious injury. Honestly, no one really cares how much you can lift unless you can heave record-level weights because gym patrons are there to execute their own training.

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          The bench press

and different curl stations always seem to be occupied, while many squat racks and leg stations are idle. Bodybuilders naturally love to train very visible muscle groups such as 

          chest

and arms

        , so exercises that target these areas are the most popular. Don’t fall into this trap because you will quickly become disproportionate and asymmetrical.

 

Make up Tips for Teenager

Makeup is a great tool to help accentuate your best spots and give your natural beauty a boost. Once your teen decides to venture into makeup, there are a few tips that will help keep it youthful and fresh, without looking made up. The following 5 tips will help:

1. Pre-Makeup Skin Care:

You may not feel skin care and makeup can be related, but the two go hand-in-hand. Your teen’s skin is still sensitive and this will be the first time it is exposed to harsh makeup.

  • Ask your teen to clean her face using a gentle cleanser.
  • The next step is to use a toner that will help settle the pores and prepare the skin.
  • The last step in this cleansing, toning and moisturizing routine is to hydrate the skin using a good moisturizer that is not too heavy but will hydrate.

2. Less Is More:

When it comes to teen makeup, less is always more,this is one of the essential makeup tips for teens.

  • Your teen does not have to use foundation, unless she has certain areas she needs to hide.
  • In that case, a concealer can also come in handy.
  • Using a foundation can make your teen’s overall makeup look too heavy. It can also cast an unnatural and fake look to the skin. A foundation can sometimes be used when it is a very special occasion.
  • In that case, it is important to select a foundation that is light and will not melt easily.
  • The alternatives to using a foundation are a concealer to hide the exact spots or a tinted moisturizer.

3. Choosing The Right Shades:

Makeup styles play a big role in the overall look and the shades used can make or break the effect. These makeup tips and tricks for teenagers will help them choosing the right colors.

  • Foundations, concealers and tinted moisturizers all come in a range of shades to match various skin tones.
  • It is important your teen find the one that is the closest skin tone match.
    Always help your teen try out a new shade of foundation, concealer or tinted moisturizer by applying it around the jaw line.
  • Trying it out on the back of the hand will not result in a true match.
  • A good time to check the shades is in day time, when your teen can pop out of artificial light and see how it actually looks on the skin.

4. Lipstick Or Lip Gloss:

Based on the overall look, your teen can decide on a lipstick or a lip gloss.

  • A lip gloss can help to add a more youthful and fresh look to your teen’s makeup. It will be light and more natural.
  • A lipstick may sometimes look too heavy or made up. Also, it has more chances of creasing or drying out the lips.
  • If your teen is wearing a shimmery makeup overall, it is best to tone it down using a light or nude lipstick.
  • If the overall look is fresh and natural, a lip gloss will add that touch of glamour.
  • Your teen can also use a blush or lip tint instead of going all out with a lipstick or lip gloss.

5. The Lash Tricks:

Depending on the place your teen is going, there are various styles to wear on an eye lash.

  • Blue and green eyes will look best with brown mascara.
  • Dark eyes will look best with darker shade of mascara.
  • To give your lashes a lift, use an eyelash curler at the root of the upper eye lashes. Follow it up with mascara in an upward motion.

Hair Tips for Every Girl

1) Don’t brush wet hair as it’s more prone to breakage. Use a wide tooth comb to de-tangle wet hair.

2) For frizzy hair, use hair serum. Hair serum moisturizes your hair with light oil or silicone. Use only a few drops as too much serum would weigh down your hair and make it greasy. Apply on the ends and lightly working it up the length.

3) Keeping yourself well hydrated from the inside will make you glow on the outside. Always keep a water bottle with you while working, watching t.v or out shopping.

4) Don’t abuse your hair with heat and harsh chemicals. Chlorine in pools, hair dyes, bleaches and permanent treatments like straightening are damaging if done repeatedly.

5) Use sulphate, paraben and alcohol free shampoos. These strip moisture from your hair.

6) Use any hair oil like olive oil or coconut oil on damp hair. Applying oil or product on damp hair absorbs better.

7) Always use a heat proctectant product before heat styling. These heat proctectant products come in the form of oils, serum, spray etc.

Friendship Rules we can teach our children and teens

  • Spend time with people because they are kind to you, not just because they are popular with others.

  •  You must first be a friend if you want to find a friend.
  • Hang out with friends who make good choices- others will assume that those are your choices, too.
  • If you are upset with your friend, talk to your friend about whatever it is that is bothering you rather than talking about your friend to others.
  • Ask your friend if he or she would like the last cookie or the last piece of pizza rather than grabbing it for yourself.

  • Never spread gossip about your friend even when he or she has made you angry.
  • Don’t post pictures on social media to purposely make a friend feel left out. Remember that you will eventually be the one left out.
  • You can educate your friends about healthy choices, but the only person you can control is yourself.

  • Stay away from social media when you are angry. Your anger may not last, but what you say in your posts will never go away. You may gain virtual friends on social media, but you can also lose the real ones this way.

  • True friends will like the real you. You don’t need to sacrifice your integrity in order to “fit” in with the crowd. If they do not like you for who you are, the friendship was not meant to be.
  • Be kind to everyone you meet. You never know when you are meeting your future best friend.
  • Always treat other people with the kindness and respect that you want in return.
  • If someone threatens to end the friendship unless you do as they please, it is not a friendship worth saving.

  • Focus on the quality of your friendship rather than the quantity of your friends. Having a friendship with one or two loving friends is much more valuable than having twenty friends you can’t trust.
  • If you consistently try to be the best person that you can be, regardless of the actions of others- you will attract the same type of people.

Steps to Raising Confidence in Girls

Parent with Empathy

You don’t have to agree with your daughter to express empathy about how she feels. Empathy makes your child know that she matters and that her feelings are important.Empathic, non fear-based parenting leads to greater self-worth in kids.

Help Her Love Her Looks

If your daughter catches you loving your whole body no matter what shape or size, she will grow up to love hers. Never put down your own body in front of your daughter and don’t have a “wardrobe crisis” in her presence. Go with the first outfit you try on.

Sign Up for Sports

Putting your daughter in sports at an early age makes her appreciate her body for its strength rather than just its beauty. Michelle Obama has a policy that each daughter plays one sport of her choice and one that her mom chooses for them.

Get Her Outside

Giving your daughter the comfort and skills to play outdoors will instill a greater sense of her body as a source of strength and teach her to take healthy risks. Teen advocateDebbie Reber explains that when you: “push them outside their comfort zone, they realize that no matter the outcome, they survived and have the strength to face any challenge.” So introduce her to tree climbing, bug collecting, and camping – even if you prefer being indoors.

Pursue Her Interests

Ellen Galinsky, author of Mind in the Making, stresses the importance of showing your daughter that her interests are taken seriously. “Take the things that your daughter shows an interest in and help build on and deepen those so that ultimately she has a passion for something.”

Minimize the Princesses

When my older daughter was four years old I asked her what princesses do. She answered without hesitation: “They clean houses and they wait for princes to marry them.” Case closed. Focusing daughters on beauty and femininity at such a young age are focusing her in the wrong direction.

Tips To Safe Prom

“Prom, graduation and end-of-the-school-year parties are exciting times for teens,” said Lisa Elliott, Ph.D., licensed psychologist and clinic manager with Cook Children’s Denton Behavioral Health. “Parents have a right to know their teen’s plans and to find out whether alcohol or drugs will play a part.”

Having discussions with your teen about drinking and sex can be difficult, so don’t wait until he or she is slipping into formal wear. Let your son or daughter know that safety and trust are very important to you and you want him or her to make smart decisions.

“As teens firm up their prom plans, parents should get a detailed itinerary of exactly where they’ll be throughout the night and get any emergency numbers they might need,” Elliott said. “This includes the numbers for adults in charge of after parties or post-prom activities. Parents and teens need to be informed, and the more informed you are, the better! Teens can create safe, happy, lasting memories just by opening up the dialogue and making smart plans.”

Elliott suggests the following checklist to make sure your teen’s prom is memorable for all the right reasons:

 

  1. Get those digits. This includes the numbers of a friend’s house or the after party at a local venue. Make sure you have any contact numbers and addresses you might need. Make sure the cell is charged up for the night.
  2. Know the code. Let your teen know to call you at any time, especially if he or she is in an uncomfortable situation. Decide on a code word or phrase ahead of time so your teen won’t be embarrassed if he or she needs to call.
  3. Offer street-smart tips. This could be the first “adult-like” event your teen attends without your presence. Talk about things that can happen – from getting a wallet or cell phone stolen to having a drug slipped in his or her drink – and discuss what to do if the teen makes a bad choice to drink or experiences a problem.
  4. Play the name game. Know who your teen will be with. If your teen has a date, call his or her parents and talk about your children’s plans for the night so you will all be on the same page.
  5. Take driving out of the equation. Many teens may want to drive themselves to the prom, but hiring a limo can be a great way to keep your teen from getting behind the wheel and make the prom more memorable. If your teen is going in a group, ask the other parents if they would be interested in splitting the cost. If your teen does drive, remind him or her to wear a seatbelt and to not get in a car with anyone who has been drinking.

Acne

What Does Acne Look Like?

Acne can appear as one of the following:

Whiteheads: White dots that are pores impacted with oil and skin covered by skin layers.

Blackheads: Black bumps that are impacted pores in which material pushes out through the follicles. The black color is not from dirt. It may be from bacteria, dead skin cells, and matter that react with oxygen.

Papules, pustules or nodules: More serious lesions appearing red and swollen due to inflammation or infection of the tissue around the clogged follicles, which are often painful and feel hard.

Cysts: Deep, pus-filled pimples.
Why Do Some People Get Acne and Others Don’t?

It is not clear why some people are more prone to acne than others.

The exact cause of acne is not known, but hormones called androgens can play a role. Androgens increase in both boys and girls during puberty. Androgens make the skin’s oil glands get larger and make more sebum. Androgens also can increase because of hormonal changes related to pregnancy or starting or stopping birth control pills.

Genetics may also matter. If your parents had acne, you may have inherited that tendency.

Some medications (for example, epilepsy medication, prednisone, androgens taken as medicine, and lithium) can cause acne.

Cosmetics that have a greasy consistency may also clog pores. Water-based products are less likely to cause acne than oil-based makeup.

Other things that can make acne worse include:

Friction caused by leaning on or rubbing the skin; harsh scrubbing
Picking or squeezing blemishes
Pressure from bike helmets, backpacks, or tight collars
Changing hormone levels in adolescent girls and adult women two to seven days before the start of the menstrual period
Stress