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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.

18 Things to Know Before You Turn 18!

Gabrielle Flank | Posted 11.06.2015 | Teen
Gabrielle Flank

Within the next coming year I will be turning 18. Recently I have been contemplating what it means to be a adult and how an age makes me more qualified and more of an adult than I already am.

5 Types of Bacteria, 2 Vaccine Types, 1 Important Decision for Parents

William Schaffner, M.D. | Posted 10.28.2015 | Healthy Living
William Schaffner, M.D.

Parents usually rely on their child's pediatrician to keep them up to date on vaccines. But the updated meningococcal vaccine recommendation recently issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is different.

Hello, Miss Messy! Benefits of Being a "Bad" Girl

Vanessa Schenck | Posted 10.26.2015 | Parents
Vanessa Schenck

I was with my girlfriend recently, and we were discussing how her husband, bless his heart, has a tendency to encourage his daughter every now and again to be, "ladylike," and it drives my girlfriend crazy.

A Conversation with "Unlocking Parental Intelligence" Author, Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.14.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

This conversation is between Sally Allen of Books, Ink's HamletHub and author, Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Do Angry Birds Make for Angry Children?

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 10.13.2015 | Science
Christopher J. Ferguson

Despite some of the hyperbole by anti-game activists, the evidence is thin. Particularly when other factors are controlled, there is little evidence that games, whether violent or not, are related to negative outcomes in youth.

Don't Fail Our Girls as They Become Women - It's Time for Change

Flavia Bustreo | Posted 10.13.2015 | Impact
Flavia Bustreo

Around the world, far too many girls learn about menstruation on the day their period starts. It may seem shocking or absurd that this happens, but many girls aren't educated about sexual and reproductive health. Their families, communities and schools have failed them.

The No Man's Land of Teen Cancer

Jacqueline Dooley | Posted 10.11.2015 | Parents
Jacqueline Dooley

My child is unable to dream of her future. She is a teenager who is forced to confront the prospect of her own mortality. I know she's worried about more than dying. She wants to have children, but doesn't know if she'll be able to. She's a singer, but her lungs are riddled with tumors.

Girl Children Everywhere Deserve the World

Cindy Jones-Nyland | Posted 10.12.2015 | Impact
Cindy Jones-Nyland

I'd like to celebrate girls as they reach for their greatest ambitions. But let's keep in mind the 62 million girls who aren't in school, and let's all do what we can do to become part of the solution. Change starts when each of us makes a commitment to creating better circumstances for our global community.

Oh, the Misery of Size Ten Adolescent Feet

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 09.29.2015 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

I'm lost within ten minutes of leaving the airport parking lot. I didn't think I'd need a GPS in my homeland, but apparently today I do. One town just slides into another these days. I feel like there used to be space between them that let you know you were changing zip codes. Okay, it's been a while.

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.

Malawi Chief Annuls 330 Child Marriages

UN Women | Posted 09.21.2015 | Impact
UN Women

In June 2015, Senior Chief Inkosi Kachindamoto annulled 330 customary marriages - of which 175 were girl wives and 155 were boy fathers - in Dedza district, in the Central Region of Malawi. The objective was to encourage these youth to return to school, and continue a healthy childhood.

From Tanzania to Texas: Empowering Youth on World Contraception Day

Pamela Barnes | Posted 09.18.2015 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

Fear of talking about sex can translate into shame at any age, but particularly during the formative years, when young people are just starting to learn about themselves and their bodies.

The Numbers Game: The Modern Model of Success

Megan LeGresley | Posted 09.14.2015 | College
Megan LeGresley

Success and worth cannot be quantified. We are more than a number. But we are all still trapped in the numbers game.

Mental Health Barriers

Elizabeth Pessin | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Pessin

If depression is developed during adolescent years, it will most likely impact the adult years. Depression is one of the many mental health conditions that can contribute to a host of problems that may include disability, pain or death.

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.