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Beyond Texting: the Fine Art of Face to Face Communication for Teens

Spur of the Moment Speech? Here's Help.

Debra Fine | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Debra Fine

If you have an engagement coming up and you are nervous about it (and you probably are because everybody is), there are ways to ease the anxiety. Preparing, practicing, exercising, breathing, medication and even donning a pair of lucky socks can help. But what if you are under a surprise attack?

Rehab Camp -- It's Not What You Think (It's MUCH Better)

Debra Fine | Posted 03.29.2015 | Business
Debra Fine

I, like many parents of middle-schoolers, sent my kids to camp. Each time, seeing them off left me with mixed emotions. Euphoria was the big one (sor...

Lose Five Pounds in Less Than a Minute With This Simple Trick

Debra Fine | Posted 03.09.2015 | Technology
Debra Fine

By ridding ourselves of the laptop, and smartphone, and e-reader, and tablet, and ear buds, and Go Pro camera, and selfie stick and charger (and backup charger and solar charger) and whatever else may qualify we can experience instant weight loss. Like magic. Try it: Toss all your devices and get on the scale.

6 Ways to Be a More Present Parent

Debra Fine | Posted 11.15.2014 | Parents
Debra Fine

Why are we so surprised that the teens in the world are attached to their smartphones? Addicted to their devices? Aren't we, too, "just checking Facebook" or "sending a quick text" or "making a call" when we are with our children? Aren't we teaching them by example?

Three Simple Ways to Prepare Your Child For the Complications of Life

Debra Fine | Posted 10.26.2014 | Business
Debra Fine

Allowing children to hone the skills needed to become productive members of society may cause a few bumps in the road now, but by doing so, they will be able to successfully navigate the twists and turns of the future so they, too, can enjoy the ride.

9 Back-to-School Tips To Avoid Flunking Fall

Debra Fine | Posted 10.06.2014 | Parents
Debra Fine

Because the summer usually offers many freedoms -- later nights, lazier mornings and space in between to just be a kid -- the structure of a fall schedule can be a bit jarring for the under-20 crowd.

Three Ways to Stop a Conversation Monopolizer

Debra Fine | Posted 08.25.2014 | Business
Debra Fine

If you have had enough of listening to someone else's stories about their children, their renovation, their vacation and their stock market success, try to steer the conversation into a more general direction, like current events.

Teaching Teens the Fine Art of Making a Meaningful Impression

Debra Fine | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business
Debra Fine

We teach our children so many things over the years: how to hold a cup, tie a shoe, ride a bike or share a toy are all building blocks to the future. Learning tasks at an early age prepares children for the big, bright future, right?

Teens and the Summer Job

Debra Fine | Posted 07.19.2014 | Business
Debra Fine

I've read articles knocking the teen sector for their lack of willingness to find a summer gig; but every young person I've encountered wants a summer job because they want money. The two sort of go hand-in-hand, yes?

8 Steps to Teaching Teens How to Make Conversation

Debra Fine | Posted 06.30.2014 | Teen
Debra Fine

No matter how advanced technology becomes, landing a scholarship, job interview or fiancé will still require some form of verbal communication.