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Parenting Teenagers

When Your Teenager Is Handed A Prescription For Vicodin

Suzy Hayman DeYoung | Posted 07.21.2016 | Parents
Suzy Hayman DeYoung

According to a survey by the National Safety Council, ninety-nine percent of primary care doctors routinely prescribe potentially addictive opioid painkillers for longer than the three-day period recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

10 Tips to Use During Summer Months to Prepare Your High School Senior for College Applications

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.13.2016 | Teen
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

The senior year of high school is a pressured time for most kids. They not only have to keep up their grades that colleges will look at, they have to ...

Empower Your Teen | Posted 06.08.2016 | Parents

Statistically, I am supposed to be dead, in jail, or homeless. At 14, I'd been kicked out of so many foster homes that it became a game to me. I acted out because I didn't trust anyone, and I didn't expect that to change any time soon. So, how come I didn't end up as yet another statistic? ONE. CARING. ADULT.

Why is My Teen so Tired?

Carin Winter | Posted 06.10.2016 | Education
Carin Winter

Adolescence is filled with a plethora of social and academic path-altering decisions, which is why it is essential for our teens to have unplugged dow...

How to Make This Summer's Camp Experiences Matter

Kara Powell | Posted 06.09.2016 | Parents
Kara Powell

Our oldest child was eleven when he went away to his first weeklong summer camp. He came home sunburned, sleep-deprived, and filthy. When I picked him up from our church parking lot, everything in me wanted to get him home so he could shower and I could start the (massive) post-camp laundry. But instead, I took him out for a hamburger.

And the Painted Ponies Go Up and Down

Carol Bryant | Posted 05.16.2016 | Parents
Carol Bryant

My daughter, Cassie, turns 30 today. As much as that is certainly a milestone worthy of celebrating, I will also be celebrating my own milestone today...

How Saying Yes Changes Everything

Todd Kestin | Posted 05.13.2016 | Parents
Todd Kestin

No is not always the answer. In fact, saying No at the wrong times can shut down a teen faster than an eighth-grade romance gone bad or a cell phone battery on its last leg.

The Unique Challenges for Teenagers on the Autism Spectrum

Lauren Rabin | Posted 05.11.2016 | Parents
Lauren Rabin

When children become adolescents, they pose new challenges for parents and providers. Providers must develop unique tools for difficult - and sometime...

Don't Call My Daughter A Moody Tween

Jeff Bogle | Posted 05.09.2016 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

We humans are moody a bunch, each and every one of us. Some more so than others, yes, but it's there inside us all as we experience sadness, melancholy, frustration, disappointment, hurt and, hopefully, some joy along the way. To be human is to experience a full range of moods from day to day, hour to hour, moment to moment depending on factors often out of our control.

The Talk Every Parent Needs To Have With Their Teen

Leslie Blanchard | Posted 05.05.2016 | Fifty
Leslie Blanchard

My phone started buzzing. I looked down at the screen. One of my best friends was calling, but I was busy, so I didn't answer. It buzzed again. Still in the middle of something. Couldn't answer. Good thing we have a code. She texted me to call her ASAP. I dropped everything of course.

I Thought Parenting Was My Life's Purpose: I Was Wrong.

Tracy Otsuka | Posted 04.29.2016 | Women
Tracy Otsuka

My ambition is restless and my drive is relentless. There's this need I've always had--a constant calling to do things differently than they've always...

10 Things Your Teens Will Eventually Thank You For

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.27.2016 | Fifty

The teenage years can be a test of wills. Here are 10 things that your teen will eventually thank you for. 1. Being a good parent, not a good friend. ...

Foster Beans

Sandy Thomas | Posted 04.13.2016 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

For two days it lay on my kitchen counter. Two greenish plants with bare roots, and no soil, that were laying on a damp paper towel inside a plastic baggie.

How to Respond When Your Teen Wants Space

Lisa Firestone | Posted 04.07.2016 | Parents
Lisa Firestone

Adolescents and teens have a natural tendency to want to separate from their parents and seek psychological autonomy. No matter how great a parent you've been, at some point, your teenager will pull away from you. The good news is that this is totally natural.

What To Do and Not Do With Your Teen During Divorce

Joshua Wayne | Posted 03.23.2016 | Divorce
Joshua Wayne

No marriage begins with the end goal in mind of getting a divorce. It's a painful and often devastating experience for all involved, and is particularly destabilizing for children. It's an experience that can provoke anger and anxiety as they struggle to understand something beyond their control that turns their lives upside down.

The Difference A Stay-At-Home Parent Can Make For Older Children

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 03.08.2016 | Fifty

Many mothers look forward to maternity leave -- assuming they get it -- but I have to admit that those periods were not the best times of my life. I l...

10 Signs Your Angsty Teen Actually Really Does Love You

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 03.01.2016 | Fifty

Parents, it's never easy when your child goes from a loving tween who asks you to come to all their ball games to a too-cool teen that never wants to ...

Taylor Swift Sings 'Life Makes Love Look Hard': Top 5 Tips for Love

Dr. Vanita Braver | Posted 01.19.2016 | Parents
Dr. Vanita Braver

As a mother of three daughters, I frequently find myself singing along to the catchy tunes of Taylor Swift. Singer, songwriter, and overall superstar Taylor Swift is famous for penning undeniably captivating love songs.

Ride Along With a Teenager

Claire Wapole | Posted 01.15.2016 | Parents
Claire Wapole

The following is an actual conversation I had this morning while driving my fifteen year old son to school. This is a prime example of what life is l...

Do You Trust Your Teen, and Does Your Teen Trust You? (Part 2)

Joshua Wayne | Posted 01.05.2016 | Parents
Joshua Wayne

While your perception of the strength of the relationship counts, it's her's that really matters. If she perceives it as strong and feels a genuine connection, she's much more likely to behave the way you'd like when you aren't around. She won't want to disappoint you.

Do You Trust Your Teen, and Does Your Teen Trust You? (Part 1)

Joshua Wayne | Posted 12.22.2015 | Parents
Joshua Wayne

There are two essential questions you must ask yourself when it comes to the role of trust in your relationship with your teenager. They are both important, but the second one is critical.

Would You Pay Your Teen to Participate in a Family Activity?

Mary Rowen | Posted 12.18.2015 | Parents
Mary Rowen

I don't have plans to offer my kids cash again for a movie night -- at least not any time soon -- but the evening was really lovely, and it wouldn't have happened without that lousy ten bucks.

Beautiful Mess

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 12.03.2015 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

Sometimes the stuff we need to hear from our children is muddled or falls to the floor, silent as snowflakes. Other times, those gems of communiqué are deafening, delivering messages that are both unfiltered and unapologetic. Still other times, the meat of the message is sandwiched in-between layers of fluff, artfully disguised as something unimportant.

What Parents Should Know About Eating Disorders

Wendy Adamson | Posted 12.03.2015 | Parents
Wendy Adamson

Imagine for a moment, you're an insecure teenager struggling to fit into the world and a parent tells you that you need to lose ten pounds. Afterwards, every time you look in the mirror you see your body as being "fat and ugly." Suddenly you are obsessed with losing weight and you will do whatever it takes to shed the pounds.

Talking With Your Teens

Wendy Adamson | Posted 11.20.2015 | Parents
Wendy Adamson

Raising a teenagers isn't easy, in fact, it's probably the hardest time for most parents. For me, it often felt as if I was throwing information over a large, brick wall. I didn't know if that information was landing by their feet, bopping them on the head or if they even noticed at all.