New Website Offers Parents of Teens Help as New School Year Begins

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The newly launched website,, may be just the tool parents need to reach their teenagers as they face issues at the beginning of the new school year. The website, conceived by Christina Botto, offers parents resources for both communicating with their teens and helping their teenagers deal with important issues.

“My parenting strategies are based on the principle that parents can be in control without being controlling,” says Christina Botto of “I can show you how to get your teenager to talk to you; how to get your teen to listen to you and your advice; how to boost your teen's self confidence and make him or her less susceptible to peer pressure, and how to act and react in every day situations. I also am available to help you with individual issues you are struggling with, online as well as offline.”

Help With Teenagers offers many resources for parents:

  • Articles on parenting teenagers
  • A news page to keep parents informed about the latest trends and issues
  • Message boards where parents can ask specific parenting questions, post upcoming events or share success stories
  • A step-by-step guide called “Help Me With My Teenager!”
  • Private phone sessions with Christina

Some of the issues Christina addresses are: teen Internet use and hazards, MySpace, peer pressure, cigarettes, drugs, sex, alcohol, eating disorders, depression and the first year at college.

“Your teenager faces several areas of peer pressure during his or her high school years,” says Christina. “Those years are very competitive and where your teenager stands in terms of popularity is very important. To be considered a 'loser' is one of the biggest fears. To avoid this label, some teens try to look tough, rebellious and not controlled by their parents. Smoking and drinking are the easiest ways to declare their independence.”

“Those same pressures face first year college students, along with learning how to live everyday life and increasing amounts of school work. Sometimes students will find unhealthy or dangerous ways to relax and take their minds off of school. My website can help parents build a closer relationship with their teens. My methods help build trust between teenagers and their parents so that teens really open up and also listen to what their parents have to say. Ultimately, parents can really help their teens successfully navigate through these confusing and exciting years.”

The strategies and principles Christina teaches are based on more than 14 years of conflict resolution between parents and their teenagers. Her dedication to helping parents inspired her to write her book, “Help Me With My Teenager! A Step-by-step Guide for Parents that Works” (

Here are just a couple excerpts from recent book reviews:

“This guide is a no nonsense 'how-to' that is likely to save many relationships. If you need a little guidance, a friendly whisper in the ear about what works and what doesn't, Christina Botto is here for you..Must read!”

Heather Froeschl,

"As a parent of a teenager and a pre-teen, I found 'Help Me With My Teenager!' to be right on target. I like that Botto's focus is two-fold: the well being of the teenager, and the wellbeing of the parent-teen relationship. This guide is easy to read, and it dives right into solutions...Absolute Must Read!” Graciela Sholander,

The book and the website offer a no-nonsense approach to parenting. Parents can find fresh ideas and get answers to problems. For more information, please visit

About Christina Botto:

Christina Botto was born in Vienna, Austria. At age 25, she moved to the U.S. Christina has studied teenagers for more than 14 years, observing and developing parenting strategies. Christina earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the Hotel and Business Management College in Vienna. She has completed Steven Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Successful People” program. Christina is a member of the National Writers Association, is listed on Empire Who's Who and is a proud member of the National PTA, offering support to that organization and other non-profit groups by offering her book to use in fundraising campaigns. Net proceeds from the sale of her book 'Help Me With My Teenager!' will benefit teenagers without parents.


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