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Peer Pressure

Peer Pressure Affects Your Decisions And Purchases More Than You Think

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 12.13.2014 | Healthy Living

We often think that we have far more control over our actions than we really do. According to a new study, peer pressure has the power to weaken o...

People Around You Control Your Mind

The Washington Post | Jeff Guo | Posted 12.05.2014 | World

So you’re sitting on a plane, somewhere in the back. Sweat is rising off this human stew, and in horror you watch it condense, trickling down the wi...

An Open Letter to Teens About Your Future High School Reunion

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 11.11.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

You have the opportunity as a teen to be kind and helpful and to make an impact on a peer's life. This will not be lost on your peers.

Peer Influence, Shaming Drives Green Behavior

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 11.06.2014 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

Peer influence, whether in a corporate or a residential setting, modifies environmental behavior. Can peer shaming work too? Freakonomics economist Steven Levitt, would argue yes. Benchmarking in industries and companies leads to greater adoption of renewable energy.

High School Reunion

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 12.08.2014 | Women
Barbara Greenberg

It's been over 30 years since I've seen these now middle-aged adults who were teens back then. I am a little nervous.

Why I Want My Daughter To Curse

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents
Lorne Jaffe

I'm not ready for Sienna to have her mom's sailor mouth, but eventually, when she's a teen, I don't want her to be afraid of speaking the language of her classmates and once she reaches adulthood, I hope to be ready for her to speak such words in my presence as part of normal conversation because the reality is that cursing is ordinary and sometimes, often even, acts as a release for pent up stress.

It's Your Life, Take Control Now!

David Kanegis | Posted 10.31.2014 | College
David Kanegis

Congratulations, you're a college student! For the first time you have free will to spread your wings and lead the life you want... even though you're probably not sure all that entails or exactly what's headed your way.

Dear Freshman Girls

Lauren Galley | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Lauren Galley

First days are an amazing part of growing up and now that I have just begun my sophomore year of college, I too am feeling all the excitement once again as I start a new chapter in my life.

The Benefits of Cliques

Andrew Smiler | Posted 10.26.2014 | Parents
Andrew Smiler

Part of being an American teenager means some effort to answer the question "who am I?" Being a member of a particular clique provides one answer to tha

The Magic Formula for Dealing With Your Teens 'Pom-Poms, Tissues or Toolbox?'

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 09.28.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Sometimes we need to be cheered on. Other times we need tissues. And yet other moments call for something from our figurative toolbox. Right, parents? Let me help you in every possible way by letting you know that your teens too need these three magic responses from you.

This 'Party' Anthem Has A Message No One's Hearing

Jessica Chassin | Posted 09.10.2014 | Teen
Jessica Chassin

He relates to teenagers, expressing that he's been there and gave into peer pressure. He also uses his own life experience to explain not only that excessive drinking isn't cool, but also that it can lead you to a perilous and poisoning path. So why don't young people respect that?

How to Handle the Other B.S.

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 09.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Pay attention to the B.S. in your life. Dream of new things, and get excited if it's authentic to you. Allow others to dream big, too. And if you want to offer some careful advice to others, keep the B.S. out of it.

What Successful People Say About My Post-Grad Plans

Aliza Polkes | Posted 08.19.2014 | College
Aliza Polkes

Nearly all those who express such emotional discontent over my choice to study for the law school entrance exams are successful and established people. They are overwhelmingly professors, college advisors, lawyers, or the spouses of lawyers.

Am I the Only Parent Who Calls Before Sleepovers?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 06.08.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

When we focus on being their friend, we abdicate the far more important job of being our children's parent.

What My Students Think About Being Popular

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 05.19.2014 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

Teenagers say some of the most profound, and most entertaining, things you could ever imagine.

Staying in Is the New Going Out: Forget FOMO

Unwritten | Posted 05.17.2014 | College
Unwritten

The stereotypical FOMO sufferer is that one person that will never turn down an invite. They will be peer pressured into going out, despite swearing blind they were going to take a night off, simply for the fear of missing out. See, I'm more of a JOMO kind of gal -- I relish in the joy of missing out.

There Will Always Be Someone 'Better' Than Me (And That's OK)

Sarah Convissar | Posted 04.20.2014 | Teen
Sarah Convissar

Though I am not a fan of high school, I feel that it is a comfort zone. It's the same monotonous routine for four years but at least I know what to expect. College signals a new chapter in my life. That excites and terrifies me at the same time.

The Words I Hated To Hear My Daughter Say

Kim Bongiorno | Posted 04.12.2014 | Parents
Kim Bongiorno

What is it about girlfriends that makes us go against every fiber of our beings just to be accepted? I wish I had the answer.

5 Things To Say When Someone Asks Why You Aren't Married

Nimati Emam | Posted 03.27.2014 | Women
Nimati Emam

Those who take their time are aware that life is not only about the wedding, the honeymoon and the first couple of years, and they are realistic enough to understand that love doesn't come after you get married -- well at least not the kind of love they want.

Lonely Street of Dreams

Stephen Gray Wallace | Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents
Stephen Gray Wallace

It is a cruel irony that some students may find that this time in their life when they have the most social interaction is also the time when they feel most isolated. The holiday season offers parents a unique opportunity to gauge their student's adjustment and provide support before they return for second semester.

The Most Difficult Thing About Giving Up Junk Food

Maureen Anderson | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Maureen Anderson

The people who have had hostile reactions to my diet -- despite my best attempts to stay under their radar -- are either overeaters or heavy drinkers, or both. Once they fire a shot, I back away. Call me crazy. And while you're at it, color me healthy. And very happy.

Why I No Longer Care About 'The Fear Of Missing Out'

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 02.17.2014 | Fifty
Lois Alter Mark

I've always been a magazine junkie. I suffer from a serious Us Weekly addiction, as I described in a recent blog post, but my obsession goes way deeper than that.

How Positive Peer Pressure Could End Bullying in Your School: The Be O.N.E. Project

Toan Lam | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Toan Lam

Grab a tissue and watch how every single kid has 'crossed a line.' Be inspired to take action -- you will discover that you have the power to BE ONE person that is the change-maker in your community.

My Relentless Pursuit Of 'Cool'

Tom Cramer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

I believe that some of what follows may be universal, and some of what follows undoubtedly was shaped by my own life experience. I am eternally grateful to have grown up in a loving family in a middle class suburb on the southwest side of Chicago in the 1970s.

Student Leaders Offer Simple Solutions to School Challenges

Kyle Redford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Kyle Redford

At the heart of Peer Group Connection is a simple and compelling premise: caring school cultures can be created by students connecting to students in healthy and supportive ways.