Help! How do I get my son to care about school more than video games?

Recently, I was asked this question: I need some ideas/suggestions on how to get my son more interested in school and how important it is to keep his grade up to be able to attend a college we can afford. 

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How to live happily with your teen*

*even when it seems like an alien has taken over his/her mind and body! Recently, I overheard a conversation between two parents. One of them asked the other how things were going now that her kids were

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Help! My son complains CONSTANTLY and it’s making me miserable!

Recently, I received this question: My 15 year old son complains constantly. He seems to hate everything. The only things he gets enjoyment from are: video games which he plays on line with friends from

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The #1 thing to never say to your teen

As parents, we mean well and want to help our kids. When we see our teens hurting, we want to try to make it better. Here’s one of the most usually-well-meaning, but often the most potentially-damaging,

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Boundaries 101: boundaries vs. ultimatums

Maybe someone has said this to you (or maybe you’ve said it to someone else): “You need to set boundaries!” So….What is a boundary? A boundary is simply this: A request, accompanied

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Is your teen driving you crazy? How digging in the past can uncover triggers in the present

Teens will try to push their parents’ buttons. It’s almost like it’s part of the job description. You know how it goes….Your teen says or does something, and immediately, you feel

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Consequences for teens: What to do when it seems like nothing has worked

“I took everything away except her bed and her clothes and she is still failing.” “I took everything away and he improved his grades a little, but as soon as he got all the stuff back, his grades

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Preparing teens for the “Real World”: 5 important lessons

One of the most important responsibilities you have as a parent is to prepare your kids for adulthood. But what exactly does this mean? Here are some of the things that it’s never too late to help your

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Goal setting 101: How to help your teen set achievable goals

Just like most people, I have set a lot of goals for myself in my life–some of them I have achieved, but others I have not. Every time I set a goal, I started out feeling enthusiastic and optimistic,

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