In the book Cosmic, Liam is reading Talk To Your Teen, and here’s my advice.
Clothes. This is the major thing for many girls. A t-shirt and a hoodie, basketball shorts, and a pair of sneakers are probably the everyday thing for guys (I’m sorry if your boys wear something else, I’m in a family of 3 girls). Girls, you have every kind of jeans- colored or not, skirts- short or long, dresses- formal or informal, shirts- printed or plain, shoes- boots or sneakers, accessories- necklaces or earrings, etc.
If you have one or more girls always thinking about what they should wear as well as what they want to wear, here’s a solution. Let your teen wear what she wants to, but limit her boundary. Don’t spend your money buying her clothes unless you know she’ll like them, because you might have very different tastes (I know this from my own experiences).
Ask and listen about her style and taste. I prefer not suggesting super short skirts or shorts and strapless shirts or dresses until she is at an age when she absolutely wants to. In other words, don’t give her clothing that reveals too much skin when worn.
Also, check that your teen dresses appropriate to the weather. Remember, none of this will be easy if your teen is obdurate about what they wear unless you talk about it, and listen to them.
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In “Cosmic”, Liam, the main character, reads a book called Talk To Your Teen, which is about getting to appreciate your teen, setting limits, and being a good parent. I think that it should have included something about bedtime. Bedtime is a big issue, because sometimes the bedtime is a limit on reading time, or it is letting teens stay up too late, and therefore not get enough sleep. Parents usually overestimate the time that children need to sleep, and children underestimate it. This is good, because usually somewhere in between is the most reasonable bedtime, unless the parent or teen is very irrational. During this time, teens need about 9-10.5 hours of sleep to function properly. A nine-o’clock bedtime is reasonable if you need to get up early if you live far from school, and a nine-thirty bedtime if you can get up later. Any later than that is unreasonable and unhealthy, and any earlier is a limit on your teen’s time. This is what I would add to “Talk To Your Teen”.
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In the book Cosmic, Liam is reading a book called Talk To Your Teen. The book talks about how to get your teens to talk to you and have a relationship with them. If I were to add some advice this is what it would be.
If I really could add something to this book it would be to give your teen some alone time and not always be on their back about stuff. For example, don’t make your teen go to bed very early and let them hang out with friends when they are in the mood.
I would really like it if I didn’t have a bedtime and I could stay up and hang out with friends. Sometimes my parents won’t let me invite a friend over until I clean my room. The problem with that is I might finish cleaning my room like an hour before I wanted my friend to come and then it’s too late to invite them. So maybe if my parents would believe that I will clean my room before my friend gets there it would be much easier to invite them ahead of time.
Also, I’ll go on my phone when I get home from school but then my mom will make me get off it and do homework. Sometimes I like having a break in between school and homework. That is my advice about teens.
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We are reading the book Cosmic. In the cosmic Liam is reading a book called Talk To Your Teen to help he act more like a grown up. This is what I would add to the book.
Most teens what phones or their own computer. If you feel your teen is ready for a phone, talk to them and get them one that they like, but don’t overdo it. Reasons to get your teen a phone are if they do sports or if they stay at home a lot. Another reason is if they always need to contact you or tell you they are ready to leave, but if you do not think they are ready for a phone get them a cheap, easy to replace phone. Do not let your teen text all of the time. At diner take their phone so they will not text. Do not be afraid of taking your teen’s phone.
Laptop, iPads, or computes are important for school and work. If your teen uses a computer for homework all of the time then maybe you can get them their own computer and make sure you have plenty of computers for them to use. If they have their own computer don’t let them spend all of their time on the computer. If they do, then take away the computers or iPads so they can meet with real friends and do sports. Your teen might be mad at you for taking their computer, but you need to let them know the computer is for school. Always do what you think is best for your teen.
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In the book Cosmic, Liam is reading How To Talk To Your Teen for advice on parenting. Here is something I would add.
You need to limit screen time with kids and teens. Watching too much TV and playing video games for too long can affect their health and put strain on their eyes. Also, make sure they have done important things before screen time, like homework. You should give them a certain amount of time for watching TV and playing video games.
If your child says there isn’t anything to do besides watching TV and playing video games, suggest they go outside to play basketball, or if you have a dog they could go on a walk. Another thing is you could get them something to do with a friend like a ping pong table or foosball table. It may cost some money but everyone will be happy. Your child will enjoy it and you will be happy they aren’t watching TV all day. Offer to take your child somewhere fun like going bowling. And ask your child if they would like to hang out with friends more often so they interact more instead of doing nothing all day.
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We are reading the book Cosmic and the main character, Liam, is reading a book called Talk To Your Teen. We are adding things to this book. Here is something that I would add.
Give your teen limited computer time unless what they are on the computer for is school. If you let them have too much screen time, then they will not have as much time to make real life friends. Also, you don’t want your teen seeing inappropriate things on websites they are not supposed to go on, and your teen might go on sites and make accounts that you don’t want them to make.
Make sure that your teen isn’t hiding electronics in his or her room. If you find electronics such as iPads or laptops in their room that are not supposed to be there, take them out and say nothing. Then, when your teen finds that the electronics are gone, they will know that you have figured out that they hide electronics in their room, and they will feel extra guilty when they come down. Make sure to read the expression of your teen when they come out of their room so you know when they have figured it out. When the time is right, give them the look that means I know you are hiding that in your room and you are in trouble. Try to limit your teen’s screen time so they can spend more time in real life.