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I Didn't Know That Would Happen #257

Claire Wapole | Posted 08.04.2015 | Parents
Claire Wapole

Ever since my first pregnancy, I developed a super sonic sense of smell. During each pregnancy it caused me to pretty much hate the scent of everything except Ivory soap and lemons. With the delivery of my last child, the intensity of scent aversion diminished, but it's still there and it's often the cause of some heated arguments.

ABC Family Generation

Samara Wolpe | Posted 07.27.2015 | College
Samara Wolpe

This year, a generation of kids will be thrust into the long awaited but still unsettling age of puberty and turn to ABC Family for answers. While you enjoy your show, think about what that half hour is creating in our generation.

Truths for Our Youth

Dr. Samineh I. Shaheem | Posted 07.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Samineh I. Shaheem

Adolescence is a particularly hard time for both boys and girls. They struggle through many new experiences, mentally and physically, which can lead t...

Juvenile Justice Reform in NY State: Raise the Age

Catharine Hill | Posted 06.16.2015 | New York
Catharine Hill

As educators, we understand the benefits of letting young people learn from their mistakes. By incarcerating them as adults, we set them on a path that makes further education almost impossible, condemns them to a dismal future and costs society significantly more than evidence-based diversion practices.

Dress Code? Spandex

Pia de Jong | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Pia de Jong

The transition to high school announced itself in the form of the middle school prom. Somewhere in that elusive moment between childhood and adulthood, my daughter floats in her too-short dress. Or, rather, in her Spandex underpants.

An Open Letter to My Teenage Daughter

Darah Zeledon | Posted 06.08.2015 | Parents
Darah Zeledon

Keep your family close to you. We always have your back and love you unconditionally. Not until you accept and love yourself the way you are will you be free.

How (And Why) To Be Humble When You Parent

Donna Wick, Ed.D | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Donna Wick, Ed.D

It's funny that we don't speak more about humility when we talk about parenting. God knows, if anything is humbling, it's the experience of being a parent.

The Teenage Brain: Scaffolding the Brain for Lifelong Learning

Smart Parents | Posted 05.08.2015 | Parents
Smart Parents

The brain is the last organ in the body to mature, and recent neuroscience has uncovered remarkable facts about brain development.

Not Taking Our Children's Behavior Personally

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 06.15.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Our children can push our buttons like no one else can, generating tremendous pain and frustration. Our challenge as parents, again and again and at every stage, is to avoid taking our children's behavior personally.

Born to Be Good

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 06.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Matthieu Ricard

A wise education should highlight the interdependence that reigns between people, animals, and our natural environment. By being taught to put more emphasis on cooperation than on competition, and on caring rather than indifference, children will be better equipped to contribute to a more altruistic society.

8 Lessons I Learned From My Daughter's Cheerleading Tryouts

Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis | Posted 06.16.2015 | 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 05.21.2015 | 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 05.18.2015 | 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 05.11.2015 | 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 05.10.2015 | 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 05.10.2015 | 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 04.30.2015 | 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 04.25.2015 | 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 04.15.2015 | 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 04.12.2015 | 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 04.05.2015 | 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.