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Extension also offers other youth-related opportunities beyond 4-H, some of which are targeted to adults and that deal with improving parent-teen relationships and enhancing parenting skills.

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Alabama Competes in National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational

Tuscaloosa County 4-H Shotgun Team The Tuscaloosa County 4-H Shotgun team... more

Lawrence County’s Speake School Uses JMG Program to Teach Youth about Importance of Agriculture; Farming

Children attending Speake Elementary in rural Lawrence County are setting the bar higher for youth around the state by learning... more

4-H Enrollment Has Begun; Youth Find Programs Diverse; Fun

The beginning of the school year in Alabama also signals the start of the year for the state’s largest youth... more

Alabama Youth to Celebrate Extension System; Cheer Teams This Weekend

More than 1,550 youth, volunteers and family members will be on the Auburn University campus Saturday to celebrate the Alabama... more

4-H Records Significant Increase in Membership Statewide

Alabama 4-H has hit a significant enrollment record this fall, providing youth educational programs to more than 100,000 youth statewide... more

Henry County’s Tessa Dimick wins 4-H Southern Regional Horse Show Championship in Dressage

Henry County’s Southern Cross Clovers 4-H Horse Club, based at Southern Cross Ranch in Headland, Alabama competed at the Alabama... more

First Place Team 2014 Alabama 4-H Golf Classic

Congratulations to Quality Cooperative, Inc., Greenville, AL Quality Cooperative, Inc. employees and customers formed a team to participate in and... more

Alabama Forestry Team Wins Top Honors

Alabama Team Earns Top Honors at National 4-H Forestry Invitational … Left to right,... more

Fifth Annual Piggy Bank Pageant is Feb. 26 in Anniston

To celebrate America Saves Week, the Calhoun County Extension Office is presenting its fifth annual Piggy Bank Pageant... more

Bullying VS Conflict: What's the Difference

It is normal for people to disagree, have conflicting viewpoints, and become angry with one another for their actions... more


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Communicating With Your Teen: Trust

teen skateboarding Parenting involves allowing our children to have more responsibilities and freedoms as they grow older. Generally speaking, the goal is to let go, and letting go requires trust. Trust means, "I can count on you to be honest, to follow through on your promises, and to treat me with respect."

As teens get older they spend less time with parents and more time with friends, at work, and in other activities away from home. Since teens are spending more time in places where parents are not watching, we have to trust them to make a lot of decisions. As parents, we often worry that our teens will make poor decisions when faced with choices or situations they might not be ready to handle.

Fear is a reason that parents may not trust their sons or daughters to make some decisions. Parents may fear their teens will be unsafe while driving the car, or will try drugs, or become sexually active. Trust is a balance between the fear of what might happen with the knowledge of past decision making and responsibility taking. If a teen has always driven the car safely in the past, a parent may be willing to trust the teen to drive the car a longer distance.

Fear also can make it difficult for teens to trust their parents. Teens might fear that their parents will take away their freedom, try to control their lives, or embarrass them in front of their friends. Trust is not a one-way street. It is not only the trust you have in your teen, but also your teen's trust in you, that allows the two of you to have a positive relationship with each other. Trust between parents and teens makes it easier for teens to talk with their parents when something goes wrong. The teens must set aside the fear that the parents will be angry and they need to feel confident that regardless of what has happened, things can be worked out.   more...

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