5 Useful Tips for Parents of Teen Wrestlers


If you are the parent of a teen who participates in teen wrestling at school, then you should have concerns about your child’s safety. Today, there are safety devices for all types of sports to prevent temporary or permanent injuries. Here are some of the things that you can buy or do to protect your son while he is wrestling.
 
Mouth Guard for His Teeth
It is essential to protect your child’s teeth and gums while he is wrestling. A dentist or an orthodontist can collect X-rays or molds of your son’s teeth and mouth to create customized mouth guards. Your son should wear the mouth guards during his practices and competitions to avoid an injury to the gums or teeth. It is important to remember that the mouth guards can degrade, or alternatively, the size of your son’s mouth can change, requiring a new mouth guard to protect his teeth. 

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Screen Savers – 5 Strategies to Get Your Kids Off Their Devices

It’s a conflict many parents today are a lot more familiar with than they’d like to be; peeling the kids away from the screen. Whether it’s the television screen, smartphone, tablet, video game console or a combination of screens, the struggles are real. Here are five strategies to help you get your kids off their devices and back to reality.

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Teaching Teens the Importance of Saving vs Spending

Like many parents, you worry about your child’s future, everything from their grades to extra activities that will look good on a resume. However, it is equally important to build their financial skills as well, since they’ll need to know what to do with their money once they have it; saving vs spending.

Why Can’t I Spend It?

It’s difficult for teens to be patient. They are still in an impulsive phase of their development so seeing and wanting something usually equates to buying it. Dave Ramsey recommends teaching your teen how to create and stick to a budget. This not only helps them prepare to save their money for future “big ticket” items but it also helps them manage the practical aspects such as monthly bills.

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Parenting a Teen? 4 Lessons to Teach Your Kids Before They Start Driving

One of the biggest rites of passage for a kid is learning how to drive. As a parent of a teenager, it might be scary to think of them taking the wheel, but it’s a greatly important skill for them to have. These are four lessons to teach your kids before they start driving.

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Tonicity Touchdown: 5 Wellness Tips for Your High School Football Star

A good player can make or break a game, which is the reason a good coach will keep the star player in tip-top shape. Practice really does make a difference, but you already know that. The following are five additional wellness tips to help keep your high school football star in optimal shape. 

Wellness Through Food

Your body is only as good as the food you put in it, which is the reason you need to make sure your football star is paying attention to his or her diet. Organic, fresh, and only natural food is what your star should eat. Other food will not supply the energy your player needs. 

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Teens and Mental Health: How to Talk About Getting and Staying Well

The perspective on mental health is changing, and parents have the opportunity to shape a new generation that doesn’t see mental illness as something secret. The thing is that no one is born knowing about mental health, and many adults today didn’t even learn about anxiety or depression until they were caught in the throes of it. 

Mental illness isn’t a foreign concept to teenagers. One in five teens lives with a mental illness. In fact, half of all chronic mental illnesses start by age 14. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 24, and 90-percent of those deaths are linked to an underlying mental illness. 

The truth of the matter is that your teen might already be struggling and you just don’t know. Whether they’re withdrawn and moody, uncontrollable and experimenting, there are ways to reach out and start talking to them about the importance of mental health. 

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Social Technology – Keeping Our Kids and Grandkids Safe

The Internet really is one great resource. When utilized well, it’s actually an enjoyable extension to your kid’s education and not forgetting the fun part of it.

Notwithstanding all the advantages of the Internet, it can be misused. There ought always to be regulations in place where a child starts utilizing the Internet. Now, as a parent, you must ensure that as your child is having fun they also have a safe experience while using internet, social media and mobile devices. Here are tips to help you do this:
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What to Teach Your Teen About Car Accidents

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are far more likely to be involved in traffic accidents than drivers who are over the age of 20. While it’s too ominous to say that your teenage driver will be in an accident at some point, you should still teach them how to drive safely and what they should do if they are ever in an accident.

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4 Reasons Your Child Might Be “In a Mood” More Often

When it comes to moods and emotions, young children can be all over the map. Partly this is due to their age and that they are still learning how to manage their emotions and partly this is due to their lack of real understanding of what their “normal” is. Parents who are in tune with their kids can often pinpoint quickly what the culprit is when their mood changes suddenly. It could be something as simple as needing a nap or having consumed too much sugar, both of which are fairly quickly remedied. In other cases, however, their moodiness may have a more serious cause. Here are 4 reasons why your child might be “in a mood” more often.
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Helping Teens Ace Important Exams

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Whether or not your child enjoys school or is struggling with some subjects, exam time is nearly always stressful, especially during preparation for ACTs/SATs, the results of which could determine what candidates will be doing for the next few years. It is important for parents to ensure they help children relieve stress and focus on what is important, by gently making a few suggestions that their children will find useful rather than burdensome.
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