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Raising Teenagers

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

Denice Duff | Posted 10.31.2014 | 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 10.23.2014 | 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.

The Case Against Monitoring Teens Online

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 01.29.2014 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Parents have nosed around in their kids' lives ever since the invention of the telephone, but these days, technology has taken the spying game to an entirely new level with multiple points of entry, from Facebook and Twitter to Instagram, Vine, and Tumblr.

6 Ways To Survive Your Teenage Daughter

Posted 11.19.2013 | 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...

Can't You Just Text Me?

Dr. Robert M. Myers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Dr. Robert M. Myers

If you want to make an impression today, put your phone away when you are at a social function. If someone invites you to dinner, focus on that person, not your phone. If you are invited to someone's home, leave your phone in the car and engage in some conversation.

4 Things They Never Tell You About Parenthood

Shelley Emling | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

Just over a month ago, my oldest child left home for his freshman year of college. My husband drove him the four and a half hours it takes to get to Boston from our house. Since I had already visited the university twice -- and knew I'd find it tough to keep my emotions in check-- I didn't go. Instead, I cried.

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.

Gap Year Is the New Education

Andy Braner | Posted 11.10.2013 | College
Andy Braner

I'm so excited for the class of 2014 as they engage in learning important leadership skills, invest in global business, education, and health care, and become the leaders of tomorrow who can make a difference in the world by knowing the world's problems and wresting through real solutions as they pursue higher education.

'My Kids Are Not Happy To See Me Anymore'

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 10.08.2013 | Fifty
Laura Berman Fortgang

One 16 year old and a set of twins coming up fast on their 13th birthday: They want freedom, they earn some money and they don't want to be with me all the time. I'm on the back nine of my kids being kids.

Father To Son

Steve Pemberton | Posted 09.22.2013 | Black Voices
Steve Pemberton

Here, on your 13th birthday, it's time for The Talk. No, not the one about the birds and bees. We've had that one. The other one-about what it means to be a young, black male in this country.

4 Summer Camps We'd Like To Ship Our Kids Off To

nickmom | Posted 06.06.2013 | Parents

Written by Shari Simpson for NickMom Don’t get us wrong. We love that our kids learn about sailing, basketball and arts and crafts at summer cam...

Talking to My Teen Daughter Without Words

Jennifer Cullen | Posted 08.03.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Cullen

She poked her head out from behind the person in front of her, looking for me. We locked eyes and she gave me that sweet, sweet smile. The one that I know. The one that's just for me. The one that says, "Hey Mom."

Why Teens Are Either Ignorantly Dumb Or Purposefully Stupid

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 07.02.2013 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

'Did I ever tell you I almost died in this pond, Mom?' my son asked as we were having a lovely walk in the woods near my home. It is fun to shock a parent who believes their kid is close to perfect. I have shocked my own mother of course about the things I did when I was young -- and just like her, it turns out I was sometimes clueless.