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About a Boy

Stephen Gray Wallace | Posted 01.27.2015 | 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 01.27.2015 | 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 01.05.2015 | 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 12.16.2014 | 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 12.02.2014 | 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 12.01.2014 | 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.

Practical Strategies for Parenting a Suicidal Teen

Michelle LeRoy, PhD, LP | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Michelle LeRoy, PhD, LP

Thoughts of suicide, or "suicidal ideation," are relatively common among teenagers and young adults. A whopping 12.1 percent of American teenagers seriously consider attempting suicide in their lifetime, and approximately 2 million teens in the United States go on to attempt suicide each year.

10 Ways to Improve Your Relationship With Your Adolescent

Donna Wick, Ed.D | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Donna Wick, Ed.D

Accept that what you did yesterday won't work today. Your child is changing and growing and your relationship with him or her has to accommodate that growth. To do this, your behavior is going to have to change, too.

We, the Adolescents

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Photo: I.Rimanoczy As I was working on my research about the sustainability mindset -- and the global unsustainability of our current behaviors -- ...

Putting the Brakes on Adolescent Impulse: The Age of Opportunity

Linda Flanagan | Posted 11.03.2014 | Education
Linda Flanagan

Adolescence begins with puberty and ends, ambiguously, with the makings of adult independence: marriage, financial self-sufficiency, employment.

The Benefits of Cliques

Andrew Smiler | Posted 10.26.2014 | Parents
Andrew Smiler

Part of being an American teenager means some effort to answer the question "who am I?" Being a member of a particular clique provides one answer to tha

I Believe In Talking To My Kids About Sex -- But This Pushed Me Over The Edge

Zanthe Taylor | Posted 10.25.2014 | Parents
Zanthe Taylor

I can't accept any longer that crude sexual language, gestures and jokes are merely a harmless manifestation of pubescent development. We can and must educate and empower girls -- and boys -- to stand up to the language and behavior they will inevitably encounter.

Is It Too Late to Change My Boys?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 10.04.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

I don't believe it's ever too late for much of anything when it comes to raising children. Still, old habits die hard; especially when the person in question doesn't want to change. Here are some thoughts for generating more selflessness in your sons.

The Power Social Media Has Over Teen Lives

Patrick Hess | Posted 09.12.2014 | Media
Patrick Hess

When setting up for a live video stream of a rehearsal for Spencer Kane's summer tour in the studio at Remedy Live in Fort Wayne, Indiana, he and I to...

We Can't Ignore Adolescent Reproductive Health

Kathy Calvin | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Kathy Calvin

Simply put: When we ignore the sexual and reproductive health of adolescent girls, they suffer, their families suffer, and their communities suffer.

Urgent Need to Protect HS Football Players From Brain Injury

Leigh Steinberg | Posted 08.23.2014 | Sports
Leigh Steinberg

Football will never be injury free, but we can act now to make it safer. Parenting is our most critical role on this earth -- we need to protect the most vulnerable youth.

Curbing America's Homework Habit, California Parents Press School to Stop the Homework Madness

Vicki Abeles | Posted 08.17.2014 | Education
Vicki Abeles

Nationwide, adolescents and teens are routinely grinding through 10- or 12-hour days. They're sacrificing a decent night's sleep, exercise, family time, a social life, and spare moments to simply read, invent, dream, or explore--everything that's essential to a growing mind