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Raising Teenagers

Talkin' Bout My Generation

Beth Diane Bradley | Posted 06.15.2015 | Fifty
Beth Diane Bradley

Accidents happen. I know this for a fact because I am one. Meaning my existence was not planned, at least not by my parents. My family not only had the normal generation gap between parents and children, but we had a second one of 12 years between my siblings and me.

4 Inspiring Life Lessons I Learned From My Teenage Son

Erris Langer Klapper | Posted 06.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Erris Langer Klapper

There is nothing more humbling and rewarding than taking advice from your kids. Can I make myself feel better by taking credit for my son's intuitive words of wisdom? Maybe not. But I can be smart enough to pay attention. He's making good sense, so perhaps I'm not screwing up 100 percent of the time.

9 Things Only The Mother Of A Teenage Girl Would Understand

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff and Shelley Emling | Posted 05.13.2015 | Fifty

Being the mother of a teenage daughter has taught those of us at Huff/Post50 a few things. Here are nine issues only the mother of a teenage girl woul...

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.

I Still Don't Have All the Answers and Other Parenting Nuggets of Wisdom

Melissa Chapman | Posted 06.14.2015 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

I have to admit that this past year -- her first as a teenager and my first parenting a teen -- has been a major learning experience for me and has forced me to re-examine our relationship as well as my parenting fails.

Laughs and Lessons Learned Through Motherhood

Honey Good | Posted 06.14.2015 | Fifty
Honey Good

My phone rang and I heard a young voice say, "Hello, my name is Lizzie Forman and I am calling to make an appointment for my mother. She needs help! I am out of school at 3:05 everyday. I want to bring my mom to see you!"

17 Things I Want My Son To Know On His 17th Birthday

Shelley Emling | Posted 06.14.2015 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

People always say that middle kids get lost in the shuffle. That's why I've tried extra hard, with my own middle kid, to make sure his birth order was never a detriment. Towards that end, we've gone on trips, just he and I, to places as far-flung as Kenya. Both of us share a passion for travel, the more exotic the better.

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...

5 Lessons Boys Should Learn From Their Moms

The Doctors | Jennifer Ashton, MD | Posted 04.01.2015 | Dr. Phil

I am a doctor, medical news correspondent, and daytime TV co-host, but the single most important title I have is "Mom." My son is 16 years old, my dau...

How To Communicate With Your Teen Daughter, Explained

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 03.22.2015 | Parents
Trisha de Borchgrave

Telephone occasionally and bring the call to an end yourself, citing things you need to do. If leaving a voicemail (not more than one or two, max), don't sound breathless with that feigned surplus of activity, just minimally distracted by the fulfillments of your own life.

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?"

'They Grow Up So Fast!'...and Other Cliché Phrases

Denice Duff | Posted 12.31.2014 | Fifty
Denice Duff

I came home from the airport to quiet house with an empty laundry hamper, the sink devoid of dirty dishes and a bathroom counter I could actually see. And I thought to myself, there are two things that are keeping me from sobbing from loneliness.

What to Do When Your Teen Thinks She's Beyond The Rules

GalTime | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
GalTime

Your teens are watching you. They will want to see if you mean what you say. Surprisingly, they may secretly be watching to see if you are looking out for them.

Why Kids Sext -- And What Parents Can Do About It

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents

Last week, author and journalist Hanna Rosin prompted renewed conversation about teens and nude photos in an in-depth article for The Atlantic titled ...

6 Reasons It's Easier To Raise A Teenager Today Than Ever Before

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling and Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.03.2014 | Fifty

Many people are under the impression that teenagers -- buried face down in their smartphones -- are tough to handle. But that's not necessarily the ca...

Actor Gives Prospective Parents The Chance To 'Rent A Teenager'

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.03.2014 | Parents

They say there's no rehearsal for parenthood, but one young man begs to differ. For $300 a week, Stanley Robinson of Lexington, Kentucky will visit th...

What Happens When Your Teen Has an Allergic Reaction and You're Not There?

Kate Ryan Williams | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Kate Ryan Williams

Tears came along with the terror of the realization that I could do nothing for my child. Things were beyond my control, out of my hands.

How To Crack Your Manipulative Teen Daughter's Code

Jill Kohel | Posted 06.27.2014 | Fifty
Jill Kohel

This is a simple, two-step program for parents to learn how to detect and respond to their teen daughter's manipulative behavior.

6 Things Only The Mother Of A Teenage Boy Would Understand

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.21.2014 | Fifty

I have both a son and a daughter and can say this with 100 percent certainty: In my case, it's been two totally different parenting experiences. From ...

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....

For My Teenage Sons: Lessons From Super Bowl XLVIII

Valerie DeLoach | Posted 04.08.2014 | Parents
Valerie DeLoach

The Super Bowl and the weeks leading up to the big game gave us plenty of material to discuss with the boys.

Gradually Growing Up

Jennifer Cullen | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Cullen

You're always saying "Stay together, even if one of you has to go to the bathroom. Don't talk to strangers. And most definitely, don't be lured by the promise of candy or puppies. Or a Frappucino."

The Radical Thing This Parent Did Last Weekend

Shelley Emling | Posted 03.30.2014 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

Last weekend, I did something radical. Not radical as in going from blonde to brunette to pink and then back to blonde again. But radical nonetheless. I spent an entire evening compiling contact information for all the parents of my 13-year-old daughter's closest friends.

An Open Letter to My Daughter, Who Will (Someday) Ask For Her First 'Real' Tattoo

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

I cannot imagine how many times you have wanted to do something long before your father and I were ready to let you do it, nor can I imagine the young woman you would be if I could.

How I Finally Realized What My Son (And I) Needed

Brain, Child | Posted 03.15.2014 | Parents
Brain, Child

Just like anyone, I know my son needs physical affection. The trouble is, he's a 10-year-old boy and doesn't know where to get it.