Category: *Susie Kroll~It’s About Your Teen, Columnist

Do You Give Your Child Everything They Need for Back to School?

Do You Give Your Child Everything They Need for Back to School? Yes, yes, we all know that the hustle and bustle of “Back to School” is upon us.  Television ads for the best deals on computers and folders are everywhere.  The promise of giving your child a “leg-up” for the new school year seems to be guaranteed if they are equipped with the best tools, clothes, and supplies.  But are we forgetting some of the most valuable tools?  Self-awareness, cyber-safety, and dating safety? My answer to this question is, YES! We don’t want to think about the bad things that...

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Teens: Are Feelings a Disease?

Teens: Are Feelings a Disease? I am troubled by what I see on TV.  I watched the reunion special for The Real World Las Vegas.  While many things said and seen were scary if teens use them as a model for their behavior, one thing struck me, and struck me hard. Two people living in the house, Leroy and Naomi, agreed to have a casual sexual relationship.  If one or the other did not bring someone home to sleep with then they would sleep together.  Leroy had a few partners that were shown coming home with him for sex as did Naomi.  But true...

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Q&A:Breaking Up Safely

From Email: “What do I need to do to keep myself safe?  I’m afraid my partner might get even more abusive if we break up. I don’t like the way this relationship is going, but I don’t know what to do.” When you call a Domestic Violence or Dating Violence hotline, one of the first questions they ask is if you are in safe place and can talk. Once they determine that you can talk safely without getting “in trouble” with your abuser, the dialog starts. It isn’t easy to leave an abusive relationship. There are many things to...

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It’s About Your Teen: MTV’s Teen Mom

What can I say about MTV? This station is somewhat of an enigma for me. I will admit to watching a few shows, yes, they are entertaining for me. As an advocate for Teen Dating Violence, I find myself watching more of the shows that I wouldn’t have ever given the time of day. Teen Mom is one of those shows. I am not their target audience because I am not a teen, I am not pregnant, and I do not have baby daddy drama. I made the decision to watch the show because I saw a preview of...

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It’s About Your Teen: Cell Phones

A tool of the trade, your cell phone. A cell phone is something that we have grown to depend on not only in an emergency but for catching up with friends, entertainment, and photo-taking. Phones today, store our contacts, call history, calendars, texts, web history, photos, social networking history, and much much more. Many of us couldn’t live without the ease and convenience our phones. For a teen, they are a lifeline to their social lives and school culture. Most teens wouldn’t think of living without their phones. If one of the teens that love their phone is also...

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Q&A: Leave Me Alone, Completely!

  Anonymous Email Question: “I was dating this guy from school and it was pretty serious until he started pressuring me and then yelling at me.  He apologized but when it happened again, and it was worse, he grabbed my arm in anger and left a bruise. I broke up with him, but,  I need to know how do I make sure he leaves me alone completely?”   In an average break-up moving on is hard. You have to deal with the emotional issues and work through them. In a Dating Violence relationship the break up is extra hard....

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