iOS app Android app

Peer Pressure

Teens: What Do All Those Moods Mean?

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Even when you have a strong parent-teen bond, there are times it's hard to understand your teen's irritability and mood shifts. Do all teens go through these mood shifts? How do you know what's normal? Here are a few tips.

To My 16 Year Old Self

Jon Vaughn | Posted 04.11.2016 | Parents
Jon Vaughn

As a 16-year-old high school student, my junior year, I transferred schools three times. It wasn't a performance issue, I was actually quite smart and...

Does Mindfulness Mean You Are Perfect? A Meditation

Amy Elias, MS | Posted 04.04.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Amy Elias, MS

What is perfection? And who needs to be perfect? Who and what defines perfection and by what and whose standards? And besides, who is the who, who i...

Be Yourself. The 2 Things College Students Should Know about Personality on the Job

Garrett Mintz | Posted 03.21.2016 | College
Garrett Mintz

Lee's sentiment about being yourself is something everyone should keep in mind. Straining yourself to be somebody you are not creates immense amounts of unneeded stress. This is especially true for college students pursuing their careers.

Be Your Own Hero

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 03.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Jason Saltmarsh

My point is not that these races are bad. I admire the runners who compete in these events. My point is that these overly expensive, aggressively marketed and highly socialized races can push runners to jump in too early, or for the wrong reasons. Peer pressure, intentional or not, is a difficult thing to resist.

The Latest 'God-in-the-bod' Research: How One Kind of Faith Can Help Young Women -- and Men -- Take Their Body Image Higher

David Briggs | Posted 02.23.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

Go tell it at the gym, on Instagram, at the mall and everywhere young people compare themselves to their peers. New research has found a potential antidote to the pop culture worship of ultra-thin body types.

I Don't Want My Daughters to Be Popular at School

Jill Campbell | Posted 02.10.2016 | Parents
Jill Campbell

As much as I don't want to admit that these movies are accurate, the teen social hierarchy is evident in schools all over the globe. You have your cliques, your pecking orders and your gangs. And you likely have varying degrees of self-segregation by race, age, gender, culture, sexual orientation and social status.

Peer Pressure Isn't Just for Kids Anymore!

Natalie Diaz | Posted 02.04.2016 | Parents
Natalie Diaz

As we get older peer pressure becomes less and less of an issue. Or does it? Many parents today are always looking at the parent next to them to find out what's "normal."

I Give you Permission to Hate December

Janet Bertolus | Posted 12.11.2015 | Comedy
Janet Bertolus

December, you are a little bit like childbirth. You are miserable and painful in the moment but after some time has passed (like 365 days), I forget and repeat all the madness because when I look back on the holidays, you brought me miracles and filled me with wonder and THAT my friend, makes you impossible to hate.

What I've Learned

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 09.02.2015 | Parents
Maggie Lamond Simone

As I watch them navigate these years, I remember every single emotion each of my children is feeling at any given moment, because I felt every single one when I was their age. And I wish to God I could make it easier for them with what I've learned since.

Who Develops an Eating Disorder?

Morena Duwe | Posted 09.02.2015 | Impact
Morena Duwe

Have you ever wondered what leads people to developing an eating disorder? Though many different types of individuals suffer from this illness, there are a number of contributing factors that end up making some more susceptible than others.

My 5-Year-Old Experienced Peer Pressure and This Was My Take-Away

Jennifer S. White | Posted 08.27.2015 | Parents
Jennifer S. White

I asked my 5-year-old yesterday why she didn't eat her snack at school. The "none" box was highlighted next to how much she had eaten. She told me because of the other kids. IThis didn't completely make sense, so I emailed her teacher to inquire further and, boy, am I glad I did.

Confessions of a Millennial in Shame

Ernest Owens | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Ernest Owens

They say that some things in life won't be realized until you get a little older. I've been stubborn to coming around the following truth I'm about to profess, but I think it's time to admit it. I'm ashamed to say this: but millennials, we are lazy as hell.

10 Truths Middle Schoolers Should Know

Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis | Posted 08.07.2016 | Parents
Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis

Make it your goal to peak later in life. Make good choices that set you up for a bright future. If you're not a superstar now, that's OK. This simply means there are better things ahead as you continue to evolve and learn.

How a Trans Best Friend Changed My Outlook on Life

Connor R. McLaren | Posted 06.23.2016 | College
Connor R. McLaren

We have all done things in life that we regret and are not proud of. I am no exception. Sometimes you get a do over--and sometimes you don't.

Why It's Okay to Live a Life That Others Don't Understand

Daniel DiPiazza | Posted 06.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Daniel DiPiazza

Whenever you try to make positive changes in your life, you'll experience resistance. Sometimes, the resistance is internal. (You vs. Yourself) Wak...

8 Things I Wish I Could Tell My '80s 8th Grade Self

Lori Ferraro | Posted 05.06.2016 | Women
Lori Ferraro

If he won't hold your hand, acknowledge you in the halls or even look at you at school, but he likes to make out with you after school in the orange grove... he's probably not that into you.

Peer Pressure Attack? Here's What to Say

Bernadette Anat | Posted 06.29.2015 | Teen
Bernadette Anat

When I say "peer pressure," I can feel you mentally side-eyeing me, thinking, Kay, Mom, I'm pretty sure I learned how to say no when I was in diapers. I hear you! But peer pressure isn't always Creepy Guy Trying To Shove Cigarette In Your Face.

Wild One

Marcia Liss | Posted 05.30.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


The More Friends At The Bar, The More You'll Drink

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 03.03.2015 | Healthy Living

If you've succumbed to sticking around at the bar for "just one more," you're not alone. A new study published in the journal Addiction reveals tha...

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 01.11.2015 | 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 01.06.2015 | 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.