Some Helpful Insight For Your Teens

Teenagers think their parents have no idea of what life is like being a teenager.  Tensions can become high when trying to talk heart to heart with your teen.  If you try to impart some knowledge to them, they don’t want to hear what you have to say.  Your teen thinks that you have no way to know what it’s like to be a kid today.

There is a book available which can help you bridge the communication gap between you and your teen.  The book was co-authored by Bill O’Reilly, formerly the anchor of Fox News The O’Reilly Factor and a former schoolteacher.  The book is The O’Reilly Factor for Kids.  It is subtitled A Survival Guide for America’s Families.

The book is divided into several sections addressing each section to teenagers.  Each section addressed to the teen deals with an important and relevant topic.  In the first section the people in your life are addressed.   These people include friends and “so-called friends”.  These are people who will (or should) be there for you when they are needed.  They should let you be yourself and not have to pretend to be something you are not.  It addresses getting along with your siblings and the benefits derived when everyone helps each other.  It also deals with how to disagree with your parents in a responsible manner.

The next section deals with the teen’s private life.  It explains why it is not cool to do any kind of drug.  It points out why you should wait to have sexual intercourse.  It explains why listening to music with explicit language is really not enjoyable and why watching hours and hours of TV isn’t a good idea either.  The book explains the importance of earning and managing money and why it is important and how to have fun.  These are all things you have been trying for years to get across to your teen.  The difference is that this advice is not coming from you, the parent, but from an outside source.

The third section deals with school.  It explains that it is not good for a female to dress provocatively at school since this is going to project the wrong image.  Playing sports in school is a great idea, but cheating at sports is not worth the risk.  It’s smart to read a good book even if it is not required.   And, as a student you don’t really want to make a bad teacher’s life any more miserable.

The final section deals with subjects to think about such as health, work, helping others and even death.  Mr. O’Reilly even brings up religion and the importance it has played in his own life

He also tells the teen the truth that “Life Isn’t Fair” and he tells it in a way they can understand.

This book covers important topics teens need to know and they are covered in a way most parents will approve.  Whether you think so or not, teens tune out their parents and think of us as talking heads.  It may be beneficial to both you and your teen to take advantage of another person’s point of view as presented in the book.