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8 Lessons I Learned From My Daughter's Cheerleading Tryouts

Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis

Whatever happens, it's all good. In every scenario there are lessons to be learned and opportunities to grow.

Social Media: A Narcissist's Virtual Playground

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

When does normal adolescence angst become a compulsive need for affirmation? And when does that angst turn into pathological narcissism? For starters, we might look at the devices in our hands.

Bigotry Hits US-Born Latino Teens Harder than Immigrant Teens

Daniel Cubias | Posted 03.18.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

If it sucks to be an adolescent, it sucks more to be an immigrant teenager in a new country. Take all the angst that faces every teen, then add language barriers, cultural confusion, discrimination, and general discombobulation. It's not pretty, is it?

Parenting Tweens: An Exercise in Presence

Lindsey Mead | Posted 03.11.2015 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

Mothering these days is about knowing that I can't fix everything -- or, often, anything. It is knowing that listening without trying to change is actually the most profound gift.

When the Rules Don't Have to Rule: Lessons From the Narbonne Gauchos

Clark Power | Posted 03.10.2015 | Sports
Clark Power

Rules should ordinarily be upheld, and adolescents should be taught the function that rules serve. Yet enforcing rules that do not take into account the violator's knowledge and intention undermines adolescents' trust in authority.

Women's History Month Through One Woman's History

Ming Holden | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Ming Holden

How can I do justice to the fact that every traumatized woman in the world is more than what has happened to her, more than the worst memory she has, if that memory is the most of what I know about her, and therefore the most of what I have to tell you about her?

What I Learned After Living With An Eating Disorder For 42 Years

Robin Korth | Posted 02.28.2015 | Fifty
Robin Korth

As a woman who threw up for more than four decades to control my weight, even as I needed the comfort and "cure" that over-eating provided, I have some insights on what the 'over love of food' is all about. It wasn't the problem. It was the answer.

'Dad, Stop Posting Pictures of Me on Facebook!'

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 02.23.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

For years, one of the best ways to humiliate a teen would have been to sit down with her friends and go through the family photo album. Now that every smartphone is a camera, many kids share your daughter's dilemma.

A Page in the Life of an Indian Teenager (and 9 Sad Facts About It)

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
Devishobha Ramanan

I was 13. My body had started to change. I had grown taller, my breasts had sprouted. I had also recently started getting an unwelcome bloody visitor every month. I was not sure if I was beautiful.

My Kids Used to Think I Hung the Moon...

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 02.10.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

I remember the days when I was the oxygen my son could hardly do without. Reunions were dramatic; after being away an hour or two he would leap into my arms before I had barely walked through the door. And then, it changed... as it must.

Why Our Daughters Need More Body-Positive Movements

Roxie Jane Hunt | Posted 02.03.2015 | Women
Roxie Jane Hunt

I recently interviewed psychologist and Wise Minded Parenting author Dr. Laura Kastner about the importance of young women and body-positive movements, and here is what she had to say.

About a Boy

Stephen Gray Wallace | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Stephen Gray Wallace

Children and teenagers know about sex, think about sex and act on their biological and psychological urges to try it -- or to at least imagine trying it.

Is My Isolating Teen Destined for Addiction?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

The important thing is to gently steer him out of isolation and into activities that connect him with others, in ways that feel safe and manageable to him.

8 Things Parents Can Learn About Character Building From the Movie 'Unbroken'

Daniel Griffin, Ph.D. | Posted 03.07.2015 | Parents
Daniel Griffin, Ph.D.

No one in their right mind would suggest replicating the perils Louis Zamperini engaged in, but there is much to learn from what was done with what he did.

Securing the Future With Youth Reproductive Health

John Seager | Posted 02.15.2015 | Impact
John Seager

Without the ability to control when and how to have a family, young people won't be able to drive the economic and social progress needed to secure a prosperous future for our planet and its inhabitants.

Great Concern for Adolescents and HIV/AIDS

Craig McClure | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Craig McClure

As we celebrate the unprecedented footing gained in ending the AIDS epidemic this, the 26th World AIDS Day, I have some alarming facts to share.

Young People Most Affected by HIV Finally Gain Seat at the Table

David J. Olson | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
David J. Olson

Tailored and integrated youth-friendly HIV and sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents -- including those from the most marginalized groups -- must be prioritized if we are to bring about an end to AIDS.

Guess What? This Ain't the Holiday Inn: A Memoir on Adolescent Mental Health

Melanie Bishop | Posted 01.25.2015 | Books
Melanie Bishop

I consider teaching to be a privilege, and consider myself lucky to have loved my job. Shepherding talents like DeLeo's, witnessing her insight, hard work, growth and self-rescue, there is no greater satisfaction for a teacher than this.

Young People, Media and Health: Risks and Rights

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.22.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The agonizing book chapter title "Stealing Children's Innocence in Egypt: Media Literacy, Human Rights and Roads of Violence" hit the nail on the head...

When There's No Going Home

Susan Kools, RN, PhD, FAAN | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Susan Kools, RN, PhD, FAAN

It's high time that we understand the lost human capital of foster care children and be proactive in our approach to to usher them into adulthood -- really, just another three to five years -- the right way.

How to Help Teens Reduce Stress in High-Anxiety Times and Always

Emma Adam | Posted 01.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Emma Adam

It's college application season, and millions of high school seniors across the nation are coping with the stress of writing application essays, filling out scholarship and financial aid forms and worrying if they will be admitted to the school of their choice.

Knowing Yourself: There's No App for That

Marsha Lebedev Bernstein | Posted 12.28.2014 | Parents
Marsha Lebedev Bernstein

How will they engage in any self-reflection or inner mining if they're in a constant loop of Vine videos and Starbucks selfies?

Waking Up to Our Teenage Sleep Problem

Tom Allon | Posted 12.28.2014 | New York
Tom Allon

There are some problems in society that are irrefutable and also relatively easy to fix. We sometimes fool ourselves by saying that these issues are p...

Can't Get My Teen to Get Out of Bed in the Morning!

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

I struggle every morning to get my 17-year old son up for school. He messes around on his computer till way past midnight and is exhausted every morni...

Why We're All The Same Freaks We Were In High School -- And Why That's Okay

Robin Hoffman | Posted 12.15.2014 | Fifty
Robin Hoffman

As a teenager I felt like that solid, red pimple with no give, no whitehead ripe for a satisfying squeeze. The pain on the outside reflecting the tense churning and discomfort underneath. A differentness I knew would keep me permanently locked out of their circle, disconnected from everyone else who seemed so in tune with one another. They had best friends. I never did.