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4 secrets to understanding teenage girls every parent should know

Emily Pidgeon
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Emily's work has appeared in the Tube City Almanac, Tube City Online and our Affinity Sites. When she's not writing, she is…
These are the college planning tips parents need to know for their teens
When the time arrives, these tips will come in handy
Excited freshman girl

If you're the parent of a high school student, the college years aren't as far away as you may think. When teens are freshmen, most of the focus is on helping kids adjust to the demands of high school. By the end of sophomore year, it's time to start thinking about college.

While it might seem early, it's actually not. Senior year will be here before you know it. As a parent of a teen, it can be difficult to know when to start prepping for the SATs or when to book those college visits. Planning for college is a stressful process for parents and teens. Having college planning tips helps make the undertaking less daunting, especially if this is your first child in high school. College planning also keeps you and your high schooler on track.

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The 4 main different parenting styles, explained
See if one of these parenting styles fits with how you want to raise your kids
A family playing a game together.

If you don't have kids, it's so easy to judge how someone else parents theirs. "I would never do that to my child," or "My child wouldn't behave that way," or whatever thought pops into your head the second you see a child having a meltdown in the aisle at Target. But when you have children, it's interesting to watch what parenting style another parent uses on their kid.

There are four main parenting styles for raising those little humans. Well, four that have been studied and researched, but these are the parenting styles used the most, so you'll know where you land with your skills.

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7 signs of parentification: The behavior all parents need to avoid
Why parentification occurs and the warning signs
Teenage girl holding baby sibling

You may not be familiar with the term "parentification," but you're probably familiar with the concept. In typical families, it's the parents who are the caregivers for children of all ages, but in some families, the responsibility of caring for younger siblings may sometimes fall on the shoulders of older siblings. This is known as parentification, and here are some examples of behavior all parents need to avoid.

What is parentification?
Parentification is when a child, typically a teen, has to assume roles in the family that the parents would typically assume. "Parentification occurs when parents look to their children for emotional and/or practical support, rather than providing it," Newport Academy states, adding that, "Hence, the child becomes the caregiver." Not only do older children have to assume these responsibilities before they're even prepared to do so, but the parents often don't acknowledge this is happening.

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