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Let me introduce myself. I’m Annie Fox. I’m an educator and a writer on teen issues. I’ve also been an online counselor for teens for the past 7 years.
We all know how challenging it is to be a parent of an adolescent. (As a parent of a 25 year old daughter and a 19 year old son, my husband and I have been through the teen years… twice!)
Unlike parents of young children, who have many opportunities to talk about parenting issues, parents of middle and high schoolers often feel isolated. They may doubt their parenting decisions, especially when their son or daughter swears that “No one else’s parents treat them this way!” Coming together and creating a parent support network is what this website is all about.
Every month, starting in early September 2004, we’ll post a new article focusing on tips for successful parenting. We’ll cover issues like:
…and lots more.
In addition to the parenting articles, we’ll be providing an Ask Annie feature where you can send your parenting questions directly to me. We’ll post the letters (anonymously, of course) with my responses, so that we can all learn to be more effective parents.
For now, I’ll leave you with this recent email:
“Should I let a 17 year old boy date my 13 year old?”
I really need some advice before I make a decision regarding my 13 year old daughter and the 17 year old boy whom she likes. He calls many times during the day — including always at 7 am and 11 pm — every day, brings her gifts and flowers. I don’t think it is appropriate for a boy that age to be interested in someone 13. My daughter says they are “just friends, not dating” and that he is her best friend. She refuses to end the relationship. I know I cannot watch her 24/7. Am I making a mountain out of a molehill?
Dear Worried Mom,
Got a parent-teen problem you need help with?