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Adolescence

I Don't Want My Daughters to Be Popular at School

Jill Campbell | Posted 02.09.2016 | Parents
Jill Campbell

As much as I don't want to admit that these movies are accurate, the teen social hierarchy is evident in schools all over the globe. You have your cliques, your pecking orders and your gangs. And you likely have varying degrees of self-segregation by race, age, gender, culture, sexual orientation and social status.

Why Our Teens Turn Us Into Shrews

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 02.01.2016 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

I don't like being a Shrew Mom. It makes me feel bad about myself, and doesn't exactly do great things for my relationships with my kids, either.

Mom Tired of Battling Tired Teen to Get Up in the Morning!

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 01.12.2016 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Your son is moving rapidly toward adulthood. Rather than trying to control his bedtime -- which at 16 is not likely -- fortify your connection with him so he is willing to work with you to find a solution to his morning sluggishness.

Can We Just Be?

Natalie Thomas | Posted 01.11.2016 | Women
Natalie Thomas

I've been asked by men and women, young and old, acquaintances and strangers and family and friends. In intimate settings and public forums. By medical professionals (with no regard to my health), cabbies and cashiers.

To LGBTQ+ Young People: 10 Things to Know About Unsupportive Parents

Laurin Mayeno | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Laurin Mayeno

One day we'll live in a world where supporting all of our children is a no-brainer. For now, many LGBTQ+ people have to deal parents and caregivers who aren't so supportive. If this is your situation, my heart goes out to you. You deserve better. You deserve to be loved unconditionally for who you are.

15 Stress-Reducing Tips for Your Parent-Child Relationship

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 12.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

A new concept, Parental Intelligence, offers a parenting approach that may reduce stress by helping you form lasting relationships with your child or teen when problems are identified and resolved.

20 Ways Not to Talk to Your Teenage Daughter - Then How to Fix Things

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.21.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Teenage girls are sensitive to the way people in authority talk to them, especially their mothers. They are easily wounded, feel criticized, and vulnerable when they sense or get outright disapproval. However, mothers are only trying to shape them up to be young women and don't understand their sensitive narcissism.

Who Are You? Reflections of a College Freshman

Megan LeGresley | Posted 11.18.2015 | College
Megan LeGresley

What are you thinking about? I'm thinking about the past, about the parts of me I had hoped I could leave behind when beginning this new stage of my life.

Advice on What Really Matters in the College Process

Michael Mulligan | Posted 11.12.2015 | College
Michael Mulligan

Work hard, do good, and light the fires of your own genuine curiosity. The more you really want to learn and know, the more powerful you become. Your success in life is about who you are, not where you go to college.

Female Betrayal: 3 Reasons Women Hurt Other Women

Dr. Andra Brosh | Posted 11.11.2015 | Women
Dr. Andra Brosh

Several women in my life have betrayed me. From adolescence through adulthood I have had to overcome the intense feelings that come with being backstabbed and hurt by my own gender. During my elementary school years I was "dumped" by my best friend for another older and prettier girl.

Adolescent Maneuvering of Loss and Grief

Melanie Bishop | Posted 11.10.2015 | Books
Melanie Bishop

A Series of Small Maneuvers by Eliot Treichel is an exquisite debut novel about a father/daughter river trip gone horribly wrong. Classified as young adult due to the age of the protagonist, this book is entirely relevant for readers of all ages.

Deep Down, We Are All Peter Pan

Sandra Lorenzo | Posted 10.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Sandra Lorenzo

We all have a dormant Peter Pan on the inside. Our generation may need more time to manage the fear of growing up than the previous generation did.

The Fire Next Time: The Precious Opportunity of Climate Change

David_Goldstein | Posted 09.30.2015 | Green
David_Goldstein

We are in the process of burning ourselves and many of the beings on Earth right out of existence. Overwhelming. Unbelievable. Wildly inconvenient. We...

6 Ways To Discipline Teens

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 09.29.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

We can all agree that it is easier to to discipline little kids than it is to discipline teens, right? I think that I can hear a collective yes in the background.

It Ended Before It Began: Criminalizing a Young Brain

Merritt Juliano | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Merritt Juliano

Trying to identify those circumstances where an 18- to 25-year-old might fairly be treated as a juvenile, difficult though it may be, should be a priority for a modern society, particularly for non-violent offenders with a low outlook for recidivism.

Thank You, Elizabeth Gilbert, for Encouraging the Hummingbirds!

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 09.15.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Please share this story with your daughter, and encourage her to approach life with wide-eyes and an open heart, following whatever bread crumbs capture her interest without trying to manufacture a calling.

When Kids Read Other Kids' Minds: From Preschool to Middle School

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.11.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Understanding the minds of children and their development is critical for parents who want to unlock their Parental Intelligence.

Teenage Girls, Mothers, and Aunties

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 08.31.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Until very recently, raising children almost always included the support of extended family and friends. These days, parents often feel terribly isolated as they attempt to meet the needs of their children, whether they are raising them on their own or with a partner.

For Kenyan Girls, It's More Than Pens, Pencils & Backpacks

Gina Reiss-Wilchins | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Gina Reiss-Wilchins

My 9-year-old daughter goes back to school this week as a brand new fourth grader. In preparation, we were mailed a list of school supplies to bring and found the usual suspects: markers, notebooks, binders, pencils...

Growing Up: The Transition From To Kill a Mockingbird to Go Set a Watchman

Emily Hay | Posted 07.31.2015 | Teen
Emily Hay

Go set a Watchman is about growing up and realizing that your own parents are no more than flawed human beings too, learning how to stand by your own values -- set your own watchman if you will -- and still be able to live alongside those you disagree with.

Confessions Of An 'Old' Virgin

Wes Janisen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wes Janisen

My unshakable virginity was due to 40% social anxiety, 30% bad taste in potential sexual partners, 15% unrealistic expectations, 10% stupidity and 5% being a little too focused on pizza.

On Becoming a Good Writing Mentor to Teen Girls

Christine Stoddard | Posted 07.28.2015 | Education
Christine Stoddard

I could hear them marching up the stairs and down the hallway like a pack of amateur pageant queens, performing for each other. There were only titters or guffaws, no moderate laughs. Everything was "very" or "totally" or "literally," not simply as it was.

How the Best Traditions Help Adolescents Lead Healthier Lives -- And How They Can Alter Adults' Stereotypical Views of Them

Christopher Phillips | Posted 07.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Christopher Phillips

it is my experience, in the hundreds of dialogues I've held with adolescents, that no one is more open and honest and piercing than than they are when it comes to investigating questions such as: Who am I? Who can I become? What do I want to be when I grow up? It behooves the rest of us, at every age and stage, to hold inquiries on such questions with them, so we can be privy to their keen insights.

Unravelling Your Teenager's Brain: An Infographic

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 07.17.2015 | Parents
Devishobha Ramanan

I met one of my old friends over lunch after a long time, and he lamented- " My daughter seems to have changed so much. She was an angel even till a year ago. Now we don't know what she is thinking!"

On Freedom and Independence: 11-Year-Old Boys

Lorri Horn | Posted 07.04.2015 | Parents
Lorri Horn

Eleven-year-old city boys camping, ride bicycles freely as we once did, up and down the cul-de-sacs, no helmets, no curfews, no limits. Coming and going as they please, a first taste of freedom and independence. Mine comes in only to water and feed, dropping his bike at the base of the cabin.