Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sue Scheff: Parent Summer Reading

A Parents' Guide to the Middle School Years

By Joe Bruzzese, MA

After finishing this terrific book, it will now be passed to my sister. Why? My niece will be entering Middle School and I think this book is priceless for every parent that has a child making that big and challenging step into Middle School.

The author, Joe Bruzzese, reminds me of the difficult times my kids went through, and I wish I had a book like this back then. Today's parents may have more challenges (or different from generations ago), however they also are fortunate to have more resources such as books like this one.

From dealing with your child's initial day of a new school and schedule, to how to help organize your child's studies (even discussing productive and effective ways to purchase your school supplies) from that dreadful fear of P.E. and changing in the locker room for the first time. This guide will also help a parent find a sound balance between academics and the importance of balancing school activities.

I could go on and on, if you do have a child entering Middle School, this is a great summer reading for you! As a bonus to this book, Joe Bruzzese offers several pages of valuable resources dedicated to giving parents more information on parenting today.

Click on the Amazon link on the side bar and order today!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Sue Scheff: Social Networking for Younger Kids

Is your child, under the age of 13 and wanting to be part of Facebook or MySpace?
Check out a Social Networking site for younger kids to chat safely and parents to be involved.

Visit KiddzChat and explore the cool features your kids will enjoy and you will feel at ease.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Sue Scheff: FINK Teen Resources

FINK - Family Interaction Nurtures Kids

Check out this informational and educational website that offers parenting tips, advice, articles in a positive and cheery site of hope and inspiration!
Visit for more!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sue Scheff: Father's Day Coming up - Invite Ziggy!

Father's Day is June 21st, time to start thinking about that special gift to show your father or someone that has been a father figure to you, how much you mean to them.
For me, and many of my friends, our father's can be difficult to buy for, however there is nothing better than a good book to many.
After reading Zig-zagging (Health Communications, Inc.) by Tom Wilson II I recommend it as a great father's day gift. Tom Wilson takes you on his journey with his father, and how Ziggy not only molded his life, became his life and finally is his life. His father left him a legacy that may have not have been perfect, but it was all meant to be and gives us, the reader, a cartoon and splash of reality of life.
Who doesn't love Ziggy! Order today - type the book title in the Amazon Box and it will take you to Zig-zagging - Loving Madly, Losing Badly and How Ziggy Saved My Life.
Follow Tom Wilson II on Twitter and on Facebook!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sue Scheff: NEW REPORT - Parenting Teenagers

Parenting Teenagers - The Agony and the Ecstasy
By Sue Blaney

Parents, Professionals and Parent leaders will find this report FULL of actionable and helpful information. Download it for free….and let us hear your comments and suggestions!

Don’t forget to join their Mailing List and Receive “20 Top Tips for Parenting Teens” and their bi-weekly newsletter with “Tips and Tools for Successfully Parenting Your Teenagers.”

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sue Scheff: KidSafeOnline

Is this too cute? Well, yes, cute but also a very serious subject and concern for parents today. Gayle Ostic is the owner of KidSafeOnline and has developed an informational and educational site for parents to gain new tools and knowledge for keeping their children safe in space.
Why KidSafe Online?

Gayle has worked as a systems engineer for various hardware and software companies for a period of 25 years. Given her technical expertise, it was easy for her to understand and look at what her children have been doing over the years between Instant Messaging and the sites like Live Journal, Xanga, Myspace and now Facebook.
It was these sites that spurred her into making sure her daughters were not putting personal info and revealing pictures on them that would help attract the predators. Gayle has always made known her monitoring activities to the children and discussed many of the good and bad things they can get out of the internet.
After working in business for many years she has also taught her children that anything written on the internet and sent out is open to public view. Therefore, it is not an invasion of their privacy for a parent to oversee any activity coming from a computer in their home. It is the parents obligation to see what goes outand also what is sent into their home.

1. Be aware of these activities
2. Acquire parental controls and monitoring software.

This is great advice but where do parents go when they are not comfortable or knowledgeable enough to find,install and use these software packages? KidSafe Online was created to educate and provide just those services.

Gayle Ostic wants to empower every parent with the correct skills to protect their families!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sue Scheff: Tips and Tools to Keep Your Family Safe Online

The importance of family internet safety education and etiquette is often overlooked by both kids and teenagers today.

While most teens are more ahead of the curve than most parents when it comes to the internet, they may not have the knowledge to help keep them safe from online dangers and its potentially negative effects. On behalf of Girl Scouts of the USA and Microsoft Windows, I have been asked to to introduce you to a new initiative called “LMK (text-speak for “Let Me Know,”) which provides parents and girls with resources catering to both generations, and whose goal is to bridge the digital gap between parents and teenagers.

On, the girl-targeted website, teens can find interactive quizzes, videos, and expert articles to be informed about online safety in a fun way! Girls can comment on the site content, sharing their thoughts, experiences and perspectives on topics many teens face everyday, like cyberbullying and social networking. New content is posted periodically and will cover twelve different areas related to being a teen online today. Teens can even download an interactive patch they can share on social networking sites like Facebook, just by registering for the site at no cost.

Best of all, it’s for all teenagers, not just Girl Scouts! When parents visit, they can sign up for the e-newsletter written and developed by a team of “LMK Teen Editors” who are sharing their knowledge about the ways teens use technology and help parents understand it all. Parents will have the chance to learn need-to-know skills to keep them up to speed with what their kids are doing online too. Expert advice is also offered to give guidance on tougher issues.

If you could, please take a moment to visit these sites, learn more about the initiative, and the wonderful resources found on both , and and hopefully this will help you help your teens!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Sue Scheff: Smart Parenting

This is a very unique and interesting concept - Smart Parenting with SleepTalk.

Today parents are always looking for new help and ideas to raise our kids. As our society is constantly changing, raising our kids is shifting too.
Smart Parenting is facilitated by certified SleepTalk™ Coach David Dixon, an Australian living in Singapore and is Director of Next Step To Success Pte Ltd. David originally trained as a Podiatrist in 1979 and became a certified hypnotherapist in 1997. David is a Member of the AACHP, ACHA, and a Foundation Member of CCH (AU). As well, he is a member of the NGH (US). Since arriving in Singapore, David has become a Singapore People’s Association Trainer and a Singapore Rugby Union Referee. He is the father of two teenagers.
Learn more about Smart Parenting and SleepTalk visit

Sue Scheff: Sign The Petition - Support Nikki Catsouras

When a family loses a child, I can’t even imagine the pain they endure. How they wake up the next day, how they feel, what they feel and how they go on with life. When a family loses a child in a tragic accident it seems it could only compound all the feelings of loss.

On October 31, 2006 the Catsouras family experienced the nightmare every parent fears - losing a teen in a tragic automobile accident.

The accident was the beginning of an emotional roller coaster. If you haven’t heard about this story, it is time to take a moment and help make a difference. Nikki Catsouras, after having a horrific car accident was dead on impact, the scene was described as shocking as Nikki’s head was nearly decapitated.

Can you even imagine as a parent, learning of this? Can you imagine living through this? As a parent advocate and a parent of two young adults now, I couldn’t even begin to imagine what this family has gone through.

What follows next is nothing short of evil, in my opinion. Shortly after Nikki was buried, her parents and sisters still in mourning, the Internet creeped into their lives in the most heinous way. Photo’s of Nikki’s crime scene were posted online! Yes, their daughter’s body, or what was left of it, was going viral! Where is justice? Who in God’s name would do this?

Please take a moment to read “A Tribute to Nikki Catsouras” and sign the petition to help create reasonable protection for personal privacy on the Internet.

Sue Scheff: Google Bomb Book Coming September 1

Google Bomb, the book, will be in your favorite bookstores September 1, 2009. Google Bomb is the story of Sue Scheff and legal commentary from John W Dozier Jr.
Check out the new animation review of our upcoming best-selling new book!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Sue Scheff: Mom Talk Radio

Mom Talk Radio, the first radio talk show dedicated to real-life moms.

Hosted by Maria Bailey, author, founder of and mother of four active kids.
Maria Bailey offers some fantastic parenting podcasts and guests that are experts in their fields.

I was honored to be featured one of her shows last year when my book, Wit's End, was released. She was a pleasure and helps her audience to become educated in the challenging task of raising our children.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sue Scheff: Help Stop Medicine Abuse with Teens

I was asked by caring parents and individuals to give people encouraging news. StopMedicineAbuse is making a difference in creating awareness in parents and helping open up the lines of communication with their teens and tweens today.
Although almost two-thirds parents have talked to their teens about cough medicine abuse, a large number still have not had this critical conversation. To help alert these parents, many OTC cough medicines will now feature the Stop Medicine Abuse educational icon on the packaging. The icon, which also can be viewed online (see above), is a key reminder for parents that teen medicine abuse is an issue that they need to be aware of.
Look for them on Facebook and join their Fan Club Group to stay updated.

How can you help?

Posted by Five Mom, Christy Crandell , on Monday, May 11, 2009
Our efforts to educate parents about medicine abuse have reached thousands of families in the United States. With your help, more parents than ever are learning about this risky teen substance abuse behavior and are talking with their teens. According to the Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, released by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, 65 percent of parents have talked to their teens about the dangers of abusing OTC cold and cough medicine to get high-an 18 percent increase in the number of parents who talked to their teens in 2007.
My fellow Five Moms and I are excited to share this promising news with you, but there is still much work ahead. Although nearly two-thirds of parents have talked with their teens, 35 percent of parents said that they have not had this important conversation.

We know that when parents talk to their teens about the risks of substance abuse, their teens are up to fifty percent less likely to abuse substances. If you have not already talked with your teens about the dangers of cough medicine abuse, visit our talk page for some helpful ideas on how to have this discussion.

It is also critical that we share this information with our friends and communities as well. Too many parents are still unaware that some teens are abusing OTC cough medicine to get high, and it is important that we talk with them about this behavior. By talking with other parents, we can make sure that every family has the knowledge and tools to help keep teens safe and healthy.

Sharing information about cough medicine abuse is easy. It only takes a moment to start a conversation, and thanks to Stop Medicine Abuse, you can Tell-A-Friend through e-mail or post the Stop Medicine Abuse widget to your blog or web site. The more parents are aware of cough medicine abuse, the better we can prevent this behavior from happening in our communities.
Have you talked with other parents about cough medicine abuse?
Share your advice about having this conversation at the Stop Medicine Abuse Fan page

Sue Scheff: Parents Everywhere

The Parents Everywhere Network is an incredible resource of experts who provide you with the parenting tools you need every week. Subscribe to our Podcasts for free and each show will be automatically downloaded to your computer where you can listen to each episode on your computer, or copy the files to your iPod or MP3 Player. You can also listen directly from our website, where ever you see the embedded player. The shows are free, convenient and only 20 minutes long. You can listen anytime, anywhere!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sue Scheff: Teen Substance Abuse (SAMSHA)

The Road to Recovery Update keeps you informed about activities leading up to National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (Recovery Month) in September. Feel free to forward this information to friends and colleagues, include it in newsletters or listservs, or link to it from your Web site.

Last Call for Questions for May’s Ask the Expert: Thomas A. Kirk, Jr., Ph.D., Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Questions for the May Road to Recovery Webcast, Providing a Continuum of Care: Improving Collaboration Among Services, are due by Friday, May 22, 2009.

Submit your questions to Dr. Kirk by contacting us. Answers from Dr. Kirk will be posted on the Recovery Month Web site in early June. Contact information for questions will be kept confidential.

Mark Your Calendars for the June 3, 2009, Road to Recovery Webcast: Recovery and the Health Care/Insurance Systems: Improving Treatment and Increasing Access

On June 3, join host, Ivette Torres, Associate Director for Consumer Affairs, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), for the June 2009 Road to Recovery Webcast.

When the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Act of 2008 becomes effective in 2010, additional options will become available to those seeking addiction and mental health services. The Act will require group health plans to offer coverage for addiction and mental illness and provide benefits on par with those for all other medical and surgical conditions.

This program will examine what impact the Act will have on health care and insurance systems and what it means for individuals and families battling addiction. The show will also explore other issues related to health care's role in recovery, such as proper screening and intervention, prescription drug abuse prevention, and treating co-occurring disorders.

Sue Scheff: NextGen Parenting

Parenting the new generation has its challenges that is why NextGen strives to provide updated information so that parents can improve on their parenting skills and style.

Please feel free to browse around and read the articles published on our site at NextGen Parenting Blog. We encourage you to create an account with us and download a free e-book on Smart Parenting worth USD27.
Don't forget to join them on Facebook!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Sue Scheff: Staying Connected with Your Family

Is Your Family Connected?

Have you ever gone to a large family gathering and spent most of your time trying to reconnect – relearn how you are related, what family members' interests are and maybe even relearning names? Sharefam is a safe and secure environment for every member of the family to connect throughout the year.

Check out - a great website to get your family connected!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sue Scheff: Secrets to Success in Parenting Your Teen by Sue Blaney

Free Downloadable e-book

for your free download as well as other valuable resources, tips, articles and more to help you with your teen today!

Sue Scheff: Teens and Sleep Deprivation and Its Consequences

Teen Sleep Deprivation and Its Consequences
by Joan Esherick

Do you ever feel exhausted and drowsy, like you need more sleep? If you do, you're not alone. A recent study by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) found that 60 percent of people under the age of eighteen complained of daytime tiredness. Fifteen percent (one out of every seven) said they were so tired they fell asleep in school.You may think that not getting sufficient sleep is no big deal, but think again. According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep deprivation can put you at high risk for unintentional injury and death; low grades and poor school performance; negative moods; and increased likelihood of stimulant use.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration views driving drowsy as actually more dangerous, and more deadly, than driving drunk!What is sleep? Why do we need it? What causes sleep deprivation and how can it be avoided? What are its tragic results? This book answers these and other questions by using a readable blend of real-life accounts, easy-to-understand statistics, scientific data, and practical suggestions.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sue Scheff: Radical Parenting

1) There are no ‘perfect parents’, formulas, easy answers or a ‘right’ way to parent. There is a right way for your family, you have to constantly strive to find it.

2) Live the You-Them-You Perspective. Learning to see how the other side feels is one of the most difficult ideas to master. Adopting this yourself and teaching your kids to think about their needs and then other’s needs is a wonderful way to teach children gratitude and perspective. We hope to give you tools to do this.

3) Constantly challenge what we think we know. ‘Radical’ means to question the status quo and what isn’t working. This is how we grow as a family and as human beings. Find your mirror, whether it is our blog, a radical parenting friend, or your spouse to examine patterns and habits that are not working.

4) Stay open-minded. We never know what another person is really thinking. Parents and kids who remain open-minded and open to suggestions have less fights, resentment and guilt.

5) Guilt is not a tool we use. This is a hard one, but we will always try to help you end guilt cycles and passive aggressiveness—help us too!

6) Communicate the hard stuff. Maintain and push for open and honest communication even if it is difficult to say or hear.

7) Abundance in love. You can never express your love for your family members too much.

8 ) Regular weekly Family Bonding Time. Spending quality (not necessarily) quantity time with your family is essential to working out issues, forming bonds and getting to know the unique needs of your family.

9) Monthly Family Check-Ins. Having one family check-in per month and at each family check-in filling out a family sheet for each family member and making new family goals. This is a way for you to become accountable to each other and help other family members achieve their goals.

10) Asking for help from your community. Ask for help from friends, family or other Radical Parent Community members when you need it, you do not have to be alone. Start your own Radical Support Group.
Visit for more great information!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Sue Scheff: School Counselors

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. ASCA provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to more than 25,000 professional school counselors around the globe.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Sue Scheff: Top Ten Youth Volunteers - Receive Awards

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. For their extraordinary efforts in serving others through volunteerism, ten middle and high school students from across the country were named America’s top ten youth volunteers for 2009 in a ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters, capping the 14th year of The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

Each year, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors the outstanding community service of young Americans. The results are now in the top ten youth volunteers from the May 4th ceremony have been announced! Want to watch the winners receive their awards? I invite you readers to watch a webcast event, replaying all of the wonderfully inspiring moments and announcements:

You can get your children and community involved by encouraging them to visit where they can find out how to become a nominee for next year’s honorary ceremony.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminstration

Every day in our schools and communities, children are teased, threatened, or tormented by bullies. To help care for our youth, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) developed webpages and resources (print and online) that serve can as useful tools to parents, educators, and everyone with today’s children, teens and tweens.

• About Bullying
• Systems of Care
• National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
• National Suicide Prevention Initiative

These sites offer parents, caregivers, educators, and other professionals a great opportunity to know the facts, recognize signs and symptoms, and access easy to read tips on how to talk to children about mental health. These resources can help caregivers build healthier, safer environments and support anti-bullying initiatives.

For additional information on this topic and more, or to order resources at no cost, please call the SAMHSA hotline at 1-877-SAMHSA-7 or visit

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Sue Scheff: Parent and Teen Book


Award-Winning Author of “It Started with Pop-Tarts (R)”, Lori Hanson, wrote an amazing very quick and easy read parent and teen book. What I loved about this book is it was written in a fashion that addresses some serious issues that teens face today, however in a condensed and easy to understand format.

I literally finished it in less than 2 hours (with many interruptions) and was very impressed how Lori both talked to teens and parents - almost at the same time - and you could feel that Lori is connecting.

I recommend any parents of teens today purchase this book and share it with their teen. What a great way to start communications - since today many parents have lost that connection with many teens.

You can purchase this book here. Don’ miss it! Get it before it hits the book stores!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Sue Scheff: iDriveSafely - Teens Learning to Drive Safely

As a pioneer in online drivers training and education programs, I DRIVE SAFELY has over 10 years experience and has successfully graduated over 1,500,000 safe and responsible drivers.

Commitment to Quality Rating

Our commitment to quality has earned us a reputation for outstanding service, exceptional courses and innovative technologies. We are also members with an A+ approval by the Better Business Bureau.

Our Courses are entirely online, extremely easy to navigate and can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection.

Plus, with the ability to login and out as often as you like, you can complete all of courses at your leisure. Some of the other unique and rewarding benefits you’ll discover are:

You study in the comfort of your own home
There are no downloads or extra software to buy
You don't have to know much about computers
A truly hassle-free experience

Learn more here:

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Sue Scheff: ADD / ADHD Smart Solutions: Ways to Improve Your Child's Behavior

ADD / ADHD Smart Solutions: Ways to Improve Your Child's Behavior
This is a DVD many parents have found very informative. To learn more, type the title in the Amazon Box and order today!
Learn more about ADD/ADHD and how The Feingold Program may be able to help you.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Sue Scheff: Reading is Fundamental! Get Ready for Summer Reading

Choose books that preteens and teens like:

Preteens and teens are increasingly interested in local, national, and international current events.

Read editorials and articles from the newspaper and news magazines.

Preteens and teens question authority. Read classic and modern novels that deal with 'big' issues such as when the needs of a community are more important than those of individuals.

Preteens and teens are striving for independence, yet still want to be connected to their families.

Read your favorite books and explain why they are important to you and read books that let you share laughter, a good mystery, an action-packed adventure, a science fiction journey.

Preteens and teens are gradually learning to think abstractly and understand the reasons behind views that differ from their own.

Read books that challenge them to think 'out of the box' and see the world beyond their daily experiences.

Preteens and teens are thinking about what they will do in their lives -- college, careers, and more. Read books that introduce a wide range of opportunities and experiences.

Reprinted with the permission of Reading is Fundamental, Inc. ©2007 Reading Is Fundamental, Inc.

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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Sue Scheff: Teen Stress Book

Balancing Act: A Teen's Guide to Managing Stress
Is your teen anxious? Irritable? Feeling depressed? Having trouble sleeping? Feeling tired all the time?
If these symptoms describe your teen, they may have too much stress in their life! Stress is a fact of life. We all live with it. We all experience its effects.
The exhilarated rider on a roller coaster experiences one kind of stress. The terrified victim of assault experiences another.
Too many teens, however, deal with a potentially harmful, even deadly form of stress: chronic stress.This book offers teens a primer on stress:
What is it? From where does it come? How does it help us? How can it cause harm? How do we know if we're under too much stress? What unhealthy ways of handling stress should we avoid? What healthy ways of stress management can we embrace? What tips or strategies might help us better handle the sources of stress in our lives?
If you want to know how to manage stress better, sidebars, easy-to-understand statistics, and real-life case studies make this book an informative, interesting read.
For more information on this book and the series of helping teens today visit:

Friday, May 8, 2009

Mother Day Gift Ideas from offers some great Mother Day Gift Ideas!
I love these ideas, they are low cost, and many are made from your heart. If you are at the last hour of figuring out what to do for that special person in your life, check out these great ideas!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Sue Scheff: The Ultimate Teacher

It's Teacher Appreciation week and not too late to honor yours or your kids' teachers with a sweet book, The Ultimate Teacher.
The hope of inspiring another generation, the need to give something back, the desire to share one's passion—these are some of the reasons people become teachers. They influence us in obvious ways—the kind grade-school teacher who helped you memorize your times tables or the demanding coach who pushed you to be the best you could be. They influence our lives in subtle ways, too—challenging us to discover hidden talents, helping to mold us into productive members of society, and motivating us to view the world through different lenses.

You'll get a glimpse into the lives of dedicated teachers and share their struggles, triumphs, and passion for teaching. You'll delight in the recollections of students who celebrate and commemorate educators who not only inspired them, but ultimately changed their lives. And you're sure to pick up a new idea from the experts who share their proven techniques for conducting successful parent-teacher conferences, making a substitute teacher an invaluable member of your team, helping a struggling reader, and many other subjects that affect teachers in the trenches.

Celebrate the difference a teacher can make—celebrate The Ultimate Teacher.

With the two recent suicides of 11 year old boys who were bullied at school, parents need to step up and take Action. Oprah had an insightful and tearful show this week with the mothers‘ of these two little boys and the father of another. Bullying has to stop! It used to be said that “words can never hurt you” but that is simply and horrifically not true. Words can hurt and they can hurt deeply and now potentially cause death.

Stop Bullying Now is a comprehensive website that can answer many of your questions and help you and your children. With sections for both kids and parents, it can help you with parenting tips and tips for kids that are being teased and bullied.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Sue Scheff: The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

May 6, 2009 is the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. How do you score? Take the National Day Quiz and find out.

Hundreds of thousands of teens nationwide are expected to participate in the eighth annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy on May 6, 2009. The purpose of the National Day is straightforward. Too many teens still think “It can’t happen to me.” The National Day helps teens understand that it can happen to them and that they need to think seriously about what they would do in the moment.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Sue Scheff: Teen Activities for the Summer always has great ideas for kids of all ages. I was just forwarded this idea for teens for the summer - creating a Teen Time Capsule!

Check this out - and encourage your teens to gather some friends and have some fun with a blast into the past.

Make a Teen Years Time Capsule

By Rose Garrett

Topics: High School

As a parent looking back on your own high school years, it's hard to imagine the intellectual development and emotional ups and downs you went through all those years ago. And even for a teen who is still in the throes of high school, or preparing for college, these tumultuous and formative years may quickly become a distant memory.

But remembering the details of what went on, in the world and in your teen's head, during the high school years can be an important marker in your child's passage into adulthood. For a fun activity that will have lasting effects, make this time capsule with your high school child, to be opened after college graduation. After a few years, your child won't believe how far she's come and how much she's grown!

What You Need:

Plastic storage bin with lid
Items from your teen's life as a high schooler (see below)
Duct tape

What You Do:

Time capsules are meant to capture a particular moment in time or moment in history. In this case, you want to help your teen capture what exactly high school was like, and that means academically, socially, and emotionally.


Your teen may have moaned and groaned over that major research paper, but now that it's finished, it stands as an important testament to the effort he put into his work, and will make an interesting counterpoint to the college work he'll have completed when he looks at it again. Ideas for academic items to include in your teen's time capsule include:

Research papers and other long essays
Your teen's personal statement for college applications, if completed
Art projects and multimedia (that band demo tape, those photo negatives, etc)
A copy of a teacher-written college recommendation (sealed)

Social Life

This one is a biggie, as anyone who's been a teenager knows. Friendships, crushes and feuds are all part of the process, and once your teen goes through college, she'll have new insight into the person she's become since high school (and it will probably be a change for the better). Here are some ideas for items to include in your teen's time capsule:

Letters and postcards sent between friends, and notes passed during class (you know it's happened)

Favorite photos of friends and more-than-friends (if digital, you will want to have them printed to include them)

Souvenirs from trips and fun events, such as ticket stubs.
A favorite shirt or piece of jewelry


In high school, teens experience an onslaught of new emotions, and it's a major part of the path to adulthood. From intense feelings of attraction, competition, jealousy and camaraderie to fears and dreams for the future, emotions rule the day in high school. Here are some suggested additions to your teen's time capsule, which will help her to remember the emotional roller coaster:

Her journal, if she is prepared to part with it
Best book
Most meaningful movie
Favorite music
Favorite item for her bedroom, such as a poster
Your teen's favorite picture of herself

Next, brainstorm with your teen about other items she may want to include, such as a newspaper or a photo of Mom and Dad. When your teen has gatherered these items together, fill the plastic storage bin and use duct tape to seal it tightly. If your teen wants, he can decorate the bin or write a message to his future self in permanent marker. Date the bin. Now, you can either bury the bin in the back yard, or hide it away in the garage. Just don't forget to dig it up when the time is right!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Sue Scheff: Parents Guide to Middle School Years

This fantastic book will hit the book shelves this week! Order on Amazon today - place the title in the Amazon Box on the side of the Blog.
Because today's children seem to grow up so fast, middle school has become the new high school. Concerns about homework, social issues, technology, and emotional health confront parents earlier than they would like or expect. Educator and parent Joe Bruzzese offers practical, empowering help for parents along with guidelines for their children, such as rules for using cell phones and tips for productive parent-teacher relationships.
This streamlined guide helps parents and their families move toward the goal of not just surviving, but thriving in the middle school years.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sue Scheff: Dying for Acceptance - A Teen's Guide to Drug & Alcohol Related Health Issues

As an adolescent, you'll have to make up your mind about a lot of things. Drugs and alcohol are among the most important.
Using chemicals recreationally is a common aspect of many teen parties.
No one sets out to become addicted. No one plans on any harmful side effects. But these things do happen.You owe it to yourself to find out the facts about drugs and alcohol.
This book will tell you: some of the reasons why teens choose to start using drugs. how chemical substances affect your brain.information about the "gateway" drugs: tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and inhalants. the truth about abusing prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and steroids.the dangers involved with Ecstasy and other club drugs, as well as heroin.
Don't depend on peer pressure to make up your mind. Drugs and alcohol can permanently damage your life. You don't want to be one of the teens who are literally dying for acceptance!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Sue Scheff: - Teen Drug Prevention – a Web site created by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy to equip parents and adult caregivers with the tools they need to raise drug-free kids. You might have seen ads on TV recently calling attention to the issue of teen prescription drug abuse.

Unfortunately, growing numbers of teens are abusing prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs to get high or to cope with school and social pressures. Many teens say these drugs are not only easy to get, but also that they think they are a safe way to get high. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), everyday 2,000 kids age 12 to 17 abuse a painkiller for the very first time. SAMHSA also finds:

• More teens abuse prescription drugs than any illicit drug except marijuana

• Among 12- and 13-year-olds, prescription drugs are the drug of choice

Friday, May 1, 2009

Sue Scheff: Childhood Obesity

It’s Up 2 U!

12.5 million American children are obese. By 2010, this number will increase by 20%. Isn’t it time we make a change? Get on board with the Fit Kids Act today at Then, check out the four-week Chiquita Family Challenge complete with menus, daily fitness and activity charts , kid-friendly recipes from Chef Robert Rainford and lifestyle tips from Dr. Oz’s HealthCorps at

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