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A Parent's Guide to Adolescents

Why do they act that way? That is the question all parents of teenagers have asked themselves at one time or another. Understanding those not children, but not yet adult humans that take over the house is no easy feat.

Why do they act that way? That is the question all parents of teenagers have asked themselves at one time or another. Understanding those not children, but not yet adult humans that take over the house is no easy feat. They have bad manners, contempt for authority, disrespect for elders, and spend all their time sleeping and playing video games. This course addresses what modern teens face today and delves into physiological and psychological issues that turn our loving kids into surely teenagers.


A Parent's Guide to Adolescents Module 1
Adolescent Brains & Impulsiveness

In Module 1 we will explore the gap that forms between adolescents and their parents. We will delve into the adolescent brain and identify how teens change physically, mentally, and emotionally during the adolescent years.

Making Sense of Adolescence
What Adolescents Face Today
The Gap Between Parents and Their Kids
Appreciating Adolescents
Physical Changes in the Teen Brain
A Parent's Guide to Adolescents Module 2
Communication & Sexual Identity

In Module 2 we will focus on communicating with the adolescent. Tips and tools for learning good communication skills will be shared. Also, we will identify the trials teens face while exploring his or her sexual identity during adolescents and list some effective tools for addressing sexual identity with teens.

Parent-Adolescent Miscommunication
Good Communication Skills
Male and Female Brains
Sexual Stereotyping and Identity
Love, Sex, and the Adolescent Brain
A Parent's Guide to Adolescents Module 3
Media, Sleep, & Mental Illness

Module 3 describes the physical changes in an adolescent’s body and addresses why teens sleep patterns tend to change during these years. Another important topic discussed in this module is mental illness in teens. How to know if your child is testing his or her boundaries or if there may be an underlying factor that may require intervention.

Adolescents and Media
Media Use
Media in Teens’ Lives
Sleep and the Teen Brain
Adolescent Mental Illness
A Parent's Guide to Adolescents Module 4
Psychological & Social Dimensions of Adolescence

Module 4 will define how teens react to the physical changes that take place during adolescents and give parents/adults some guidelines on the best way to help teens through these changes. Emotional changes are also discussed and finally, peer relationships and the important influence friends have on the adolescent.

Four Major Changes
Reactions to Physical Changes
Reactions to Emotional Change
The Shift of Influence from Parents to Peers
The Search for Identity


1 month




There are no specific prerequisites for this class. It is designed for anyone desiring to enhance their skills or learn the topics covered in the class.





This class is an independent-study course.  Students will have all the resources needed to successfully complete the course within the online material.  A student helpdesk is available for technical support during the course enrollment.


Internet Access

Broadband or high-speed internet access is required. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Windows hardware configurations and processors are acceptable
Mac computers MUST have Microsoft Window Operating Systems over Bootcamp (Bootcamp is a free download from Apple's website)
1 GB RAM minimum recommended
Operating Systems
Windows XP, Vista or 7 and Mac OS X 10 or higher with Windows
Web Browsers
Google Chrome is highly recommended
Internet Explorer is not recommended as it may not display certain menus and links
Cookies MUST be enabled
Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded onto your computer.)
Adobe PDF Reader
Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media.)
Adobe Flash Player (Required for many of our career courses and ALL of our IT courses.)
Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, Windows Media Player, &/or Real Player
PowerPoint Viewer (Use this if you don't have PowerPoint)


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Certification included
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