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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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First Place Team 2014 Alabama 4-H Golf Classic

Congratulations to Quality Cooperative, Inc., Greenville, AL … Quality Cooperative, Inc. employees and customers formed... more

Alabama Competes in National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational

Tuscaloosa County 4-H Shotgun Team  …       The coaches from other teams that participated in... more

Camps Help Military Youth Have an Enjoyable Summer

 Summertime is all about spending time with friends, having fun and making new memories – just what Operation: Military Kids... more

Alabama Forestry Team Wins Top Honors

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

Fisheries Hosts Career Development Event

Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences recently hosted the first Future … Farmers of America... more

Extension Offering Conservation Education Workshop for Middle and High School Educators July 22-23 in Millbrook

Extension is partnering with Alabama Wildlife Federation and several other agencies to conduct an educational conservation workshop for educators throughout... more

Extension Publications Extend Parents a Helping Hand

Novice and veteran parents, alike, discover they could sometimes use a hand navigating the rewarding yet challenging journey of parenting.... more

Raptor Trek Soars to Butler, Lowndes County Elementary Schools

students in schools across Butler and Lowndes​ counties … experienced birds of prey on... more

Ag in Action" Presented to Public

A large group attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a unique project at the Cherokee County Career and Tech Center (Tech... more

HORSE U Set for November 2

The Department of Animal Sciences will host a Horse Ownership Resources, Skills and Education for Youth (HORSE U) workshop... 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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