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Parenting Teenagers

Generation Like

Mimi James | Posted 07.30.2014 | Media
Mimi James

My ears bleed and I suffer in silence when I'm schlepping a carful of tweens to the beach or to the movies. When these girls are not singing along to Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea, my senses are being bombarded with a symphony of "likes."

The Me I Love

Mary Beth Holcomb | Posted 07.19.2014 | Parents
Mary Beth Holcomb

I won't pretend to be excited about my newly-sagging eyelids or gradually gradating chins, but I contest the idea that it's somehow selfish of me to walk around like this, as if I'm exposing others to some sort of putrid, decaying, possibly contagious zombie flesh.

Teens, Character and the Myth That Keeps Them Apart

Todd Kestin | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
Todd Kestin

By focusing on your own expressions of character -- instead of what your teen lacks -- you'll not only follow a better path, you'll help your children follow closely behind. Here are a handful of ideas of help get you started.

9 Things Teens Desperately Want (But Will Never Tell You They Need)

Bobbi DePorter | Posted 06.16.2014 | Parents
Bobbi DePorter

Teens crave meaningful connections with you, with teachers, and with peers. Unfortunately, teens are often stopped by fear. They're figuring out who they are and what their place is in the world. As a result, teens may feel vulnerable and hide their confident, capable selves.

Why I Told My Kids About My Wild Teen Years

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 05.22.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

My high school years were a pot smoke-filled haze of bad decisions. For a variety of reasons, including a cross-country move at the age of 14 and the break-up of my parents' marriage, I was not a happy girl during my high school years.

5 Things I Never Want To Hear My Teenagers Say

Shelley Emling | Posted 04.13.2014 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

When I asked a good friend whether there's anything she regrets saying in front of her teenager, she responded "pretty much everything I've ever said....

10 Steps to Raising a Healthy, Happy Kid

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

We will know what kind of parent we are by how we see our children get along and interact in the world. Love should be the foundation of parenting. It is also important to know that discipline is the highest form of love.

Making a Difference in the Lives of Teenagers | Posted 03.23.2014 | Parents

We know that teenagers are prone to engaging in risky behaviors, but what are the solutions? In addition to intervention and professional support, parents can play a key role in their adolescents' well-being and their ability to make good decisions.

Is the Tail Wagging the Dog?

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

Children, especially teenagers can be incredibly dramatic. The one thing we must do as parents is not buy in to the drama.

Kristen Bell, You're Not Alone

Kristen Hansen Brakeman | Posted 02.18.2014 | Parents
Kristen Hansen Brakeman

Actress and new mom Kristen Bell recently confessed that she felt no connection with her baby while pregnant. I could totally relate because I once felt the same way. But unlike Ms. Bell, even after giving birth, my maternal instincts did not kick in.

School Pressure: Rx to Self-Medicate?

Todd Kestin | Posted 02.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Todd Kestin

When we're guided to a place where we let go of everyone else's ideas on how we should live and begin to live our own story, the urge for alcohol and drugs may disappear. In its place is a love for life, the passion to explore, and the hope of finding our place and purpose in this world.

6 Ways To Survive Your Teenage Daughter

Posted 03.11.2015 | OWN

Lara Fox and Hilary Frankel, authors of Breaking the Code: Two Teens Reveal the Secrets to better Parent-Child Communication, give us their best a...

8 Reasons I Want my Daughter to Date Whenever She's Ready

Emma Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Emma Johnson

It' s my duty to help them seek balance and strive for success in every part of their lives. But starting now, at ages 3 and 5, I hope my children start to absorb the message that dating is positive. Their bodies' signals are natural and beautiful.

6 Things Only The Parent Of A Teenage Girl Would Understand

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.30.2013 | Fifty

Years ago, when my then 8-year-old daughter was as sweet as sugar and my then 5-year-old son a holy terror, someone wise said to me "It all changes wh...

The Vulgar Face of Purity Culture

Anne Almasy | Posted 11.16.2013 | Women
Anne Almasy

What purity teaching did for me was distill me down to my body. The core of purity culture was that my mind didn't matter, my personality didn't matter, my dreams and desires and goals didn't matter -- if my shorts were too short.

How Young Teens Are Different From Older Millennials

Reuters | Posted 08.19.2013 | Parents

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK, June 19 (Reuters) - Young teenagers who make up the second wave of millennials, the generation that began...

The Unlikely Force Driving Teen Prescription Drug Addiction: Parents?

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 08.18.2013 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

A recent study by The Partnership at reveals that parents are taking a hands-off approach to prescription drugs even though we have clear evidence of the magnitude of the epidemic.

Father's Day

Andree Rachelle | Posted 08.13.2013 | Parents
Andree Rachelle

There is a moment I think of often. My son, about 13 at the time, had been sporting a shadow above his lip for several months, and had been asking when he could start shaving. I was aware that this was supposed to be one of those hallmark moments between father and son.

Holding on to Your Kids in a Digital Age: An Interview With Gordon Neufeld, Part 2

Omega Institute | Posted 07.28.2013 | Parents
Omega Institute

Many people think that discipline is the essence of parenting. But that isn't parenting. Parenting is not telling your child what to do when he or she misbehaves. Parenting is providing the conditions in which a child can realize his or her full human potential.

5 Reasons Why Proms Used To Be Better

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.10.2013 | Fifty

Proms have been the pinnacle social event of high school for as long as dinosaurs roamed the Earth. We here on Huff/Post50 have observed them from bot...

The American Dream 'Revised'

Andy Braner | Posted 06.16.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

What if the American Dream had little to do with what "we" wanted, and more to do with who "they" are? I'm a firm believer that every student has been given an ability, a desire, a gift even, where they are made to be something.

Why Paying for Your Child's College Education Isn't Giving Them a 'Free Ride'

Mara Shapiro | Posted 06.04.2013 | Parents
Mara Shapiro

Should parents do their best to cover their kids' educations, or should students pony up, cobbling together the funds through part-time jobs, grants and loans, possibly putting themselves in financial straits for years?

I Don't Care How Big the Market Is, Those Are My Daughters

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 05.27.2013 | Parents
Christine Carter, PhD

Between the cotton candy colors, bright toys and Beiber-fever, it is obvious to me why Victoria's Secret appeals to the bat mitzvah set.

Observations of the College Tour II

Elizabeth Donoghue | Posted 05.04.2013 | College
Elizabeth Donoghue

Inspired by the scenery on Route 80, I begin my College Tour lecture series with: "Be Careful if You Get a Job working in a Silo."

Three Surprising Truths about Teens

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 04.23.2013 | Parents
Christine Carter, PhD

If you could ask any question of a wise and experienced neuroscientist and pediatrician, one who specializes in the secret emotional life and bizarre brain activity of your adolescent child, what would you ask?