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Parenting Teenagers

When Your Kid Leaves Home For Good

Rebecca Deurlein | Posted 05.03.2015 | Fifty
Rebecca Deurlein

When my son accepted the job that will take him away from us, it was different from all of his other departures. Before, I knew he'd be back. There were college breaks and summers. There was the job that took him just a half hour away. But this time, everything is different. He's leaving, and I don't think he's coming back.

Why I Don't Like the Number 171

Cindy Cook DeRuyter | Posted 05.01.2015 | Parents
Cindy Cook DeRuyter

For the most part, I love numbers. However, there is one number that I am struggling to embrace: 171. No, it's not my weight; neither is it my IQ. It's weekends. Yes, weekends.

The Boy Who Couldn't Be A Cub Scout

Mary Hickey | Posted 04.28.2015 | Parents
Mary Hickey

Do you know that this boy was born a month too soon? Do you know that in the hospital, I watched him through the glass as warming lights and IVs gave him the things that I couldn't provide?

Who Is Operating Your Control Panel?

Joshua Wayne | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Joshua Wayne

I have news for you. It may be frightening and it may be liberating. Regardless, I assure you it's true: There is a control panel wired directly into ...

Senate's Proposed 2016 Budget Turns a Deaf Ear to the Needs of Young Families

Aline Gubrium | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
Aline Gubrium

Some of the nation's most vulnerable families are headed by young parents, many who juggle poverty-level wages and social shaming. From homelessness and housing insecurity to violence and abuse, these young families face hardships that should be at the top of our nation's agenda.

Are You Confident In Your Parenting?

Joshua Wayne | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Joshua Wayne

Building up this self-confidence is critical to restoring balance at home. It's the first step in reducing the terrible stress of being at odds with your children and everything that comes with it.

Why Your Teenager Gets So Annoyed With You

Joshua Wayne | Posted 04.03.2015 | Parents
Joshua Wayne

Let's get right to it: why does your teenager get so annoyed with you? Afterall, you love him more than the most gifted poet could put to words and you'd happily throw yourself in front of moving truck to keep him safe. How could he possibly keep reacting this way?

5 Things Parents Of Teenagers Say And What They REALLY Mean

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.02.2015 | Fifty

I am the very proud mother of two teenagers. Teenagers are what you get when adorable, loving, cuddly children move towards independence and young adu...

Dear Daughter, I Just Wanted You To Be Better Than Me

Julie Maida | Posted 04.03.2015 | Parents
Julie Maida

I always thought it was my job to teach you about life, but I fear you may not have learned as much from me as I have from you.

The 15 Stages Every Parent Goes Through When Dragging Teens Out Of Bed In The Morning

Posted 03.09.2015 | Parents

Besides running a marathon uphill, completing a Rubik’s cube in 60 seconds flat, and preparing a five-course dinner for you and 20 of your closest f...

My Growing Boy

Mary Hickey | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Mary Hickey

Nobody prepares you or teaches you how to celebrate the journey into adulthood when your child has a disability and the future doesn't necessarily hold the same promises.

My Son Is a Loser (and So Am I)

Doug Gertner | Posted 02.28.2015 | Parents
Doug Gertner

My son is, and has long been, a loser. This simple teenage truth became comically clear about this time last year and remains true to this day. The mystery also remains, "Why can't my son keep track of his things?"

Messages Our Daughters Need to Hear in This Overly Sexualized Society

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 02.22.2015 | Parents
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

Each young woman has purpose well beyond what they see on TV. Self-love is what will bring our daughter long-term happiness and fulfillment. Self-obsession will only bring her depression.

A Teenager's Guide to Good Parenting

Quora | Posted 02.15.2015 | Parents

We are at a point in our lives where as much as we need you to be realistic with us, we also need you to be supportive of our dreams. No matter what your child wants to do, make sure they know that you'll help them get there.

Teaching Your Teen to Drive

Bernadette Noll | Posted 01.25.2015 | Parents
Bernadette Noll

We get in the car. Riding shotgun is new for me. She turns the key, backs out a bit too quickly, and we are on the road.

The Best Way To Learn Tolerance? Raise A Teenager

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 01.13.2015 | Parents
Edwin Leap, MD

Tolerance is the word we now use to say, "you have to agree with my views." However, as one sees with teenagers, tolerance in truth means to disagree, but to respect. And in its highest, most beautiful incarnation, to disagree and yet love.

10 Hilariously Bad Pieces Of Retro Sex Ed Advice For Teens

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 11.17.2014 | Teen

Sex ed is pretty awkward, but sex ed of the past was apparently even worse. Parents and teachers have always been generally lousy when it comes to...

Just Wait Until She's 17

Bernadette Noll | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Bernadette Noll

She's 17 and I really am in for it. I'm in for all of it. I'm in for discussing colleges and options and cities and futures as yet unknown. I'm in for staying up late at night watching heart-wrenching movies. I'm in for great conversations about life, liberty and the constant pursuit of happiness.

Looking for Groundhogs: Everyday Mindfulness

Katie Craig | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Katie Craig

It's easy not to notice the groundhogs or blooming flowers or even the smiling faces in a crowd if I am caught up in my own drama. It is easy to get swept up in meaningless negative mental chatter. Noticing the groundhogs takes practice.

Surprise. My Kids Don't Tell Me Everything.

Susan Borison | Posted 11.29.2014 | Technology
Susan Borison

All I kept wondering was where had I gone wrong and how could I ensure their safety if I didn't know everything about them. Of course, when I was a teenager, I didn't tell my parents everything. But I believed that my relationship with my kids was different, better, more honest. (Don't we all.)

The Real Reason Your Teen Is Shutting You Out

OWN | Posted 09.19.2014 | OWN

If you've ever had a door slammed in your face by your teenage son or daughter, you're well aware of the existence of seemingly random mood swings ove...

Yoga, Motherhood and Stumbling Through Transitions

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Buckstaff

This time in my life feels awkward, unfamiliar and off-balance. But as I return to these stories of humor, pain and sweetness, I see that experiencing deep love is a gift even though I'm stumbling through the transitions.

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.

My Son Is a Little Different Now That Camp Is Over

TueNight | Posted 11.02.2014 | Parents

As a mom, I'm so proud to see him grow into the young man I've always hoped and knew he could be. And at the same time, it's impossible to keep from tearing up when I think about how soon he'll be packing up to leave to blaze his own trail.

28 Ways To Ask Your Teens 'How Was School Today?' Without Asking Them 'How Was School Today?'

liZ Evans | Posted 11.02.2014 | Parents
liZ Evans

When you get engaged dialogue with a teen, it's never disappointing. It's guaranteed to be interesting; sometimes it can be very enlightening; and it's ALWAYS worth the work. ALWAYS.