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President Obama now has his hands full as the father of two teenage daughters. His and the First Lady Michelle Obama’s youngest daughter Sasha is growing up fast and just turned 15. Sasha entered the White House at the age of 7, the youngest member of the first family since John F. Kennedy’s toddler children, 3-year-old Caroline and 1-year-old John Jr. She and older sister Malia, 17, have been praised for keeping their poise under the spotlight and have earned props for their fashion-forward ways.

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Here’s a look back at the beautiful first daughters below:

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With so much influence around them (music, the internet, reality shows, etc), how can we as parents prepare our teens to also be positioned for success? Here’s 5 tips for every parent of teenagers:

1. Teach Them to Be Good Communicators
Encourage kids to understand that what they say and do – positive and negative – can profoundly affect others around them. Help them develop talk to empathy and see if they can understand how others feel.

2. Help Them Develop Strategies for Making Decisions
Learning how to evaluate risk is so important in the teenage years when they’ll be confronted many times with the need to use problem-solving skills

3. Teach Them To Challenge The Mainstream
You’ve heard the age-old saying, “If susie told you to jump off of a bridge, would you do it too?” Teach your child to question what “everybody” is doing and see why it to go against or with the mainstream.

4. Teach Them How To Look For Help and Protect Themselves
This can be as simple as knowing they must wear a helmet when bike riding or knowing when to phone emergency. Discusses protective behaviors with your children as well as modelling them.

5. Know Your Child
“My child will never do that!” — Are you sure? Truly spend time with your child to know what makes your child tick, and how they respond to certain challenges and situations.


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