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Raising Teens

The Throwaway Remark I Wish I'd Never Made To My Teenager

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 06.21.2016 | Fifty

My daughter, who just turned 16, is a fairly typical teenager. She's absorbed in her friends to the exclusion of almost everything else, creating an i...

10 Lies Parents Of Teenagers Tell Themselves

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.21.2016 | Fifty

If Facebook is any measure (and of course, it is not), we have all parented wonderful, happy, successful teenagers who are the lights of our life, des...

8 Lessons We Hope We've Taught Our Teenagers

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.23.2015 | Fifty

The teen years can be trying -- for everyone in the family. Teendom is when our kids straddle childhood and adulthood and there are many days when par...

Mom's Plea To 18-Year-Old Who Moved In With Boyfriend After Three Weeks

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 11.16.2015 | Dr. Phil

“Three weeks after Alexis met David on Facebook -- and only once in person -- Alexis left in the middle of the night to go live with him,” says Gi...

5 Things Teens Want To Tell You

Joni Edelman | Posted 05.18.2016 | Parents
Joni Edelman

Every time my 17-year-old has a concert or performance, he says, "Oh you don't need to come. It's OK, Mom." That's a lie. It's not OK. They understand if you miss some things, but they really do want you there. They want you to say, "I love you," and mean it. It matters.

8 Things You Should Never Say To Your Teenager

Shelley Emling | Posted 05.11.2015 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

After speaking with a lot of experienced parent friends, I've come up with a list of eight things you should never, ever say to your teenager. You may have a completely different list, and that's fine. There are no easy answers or quick fixes just as there are no perfect parents.

5 Important Teen Lessons For Dealing With Difficult People

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 05.03.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

In life we all have to deal with individuals who are tough and it's important to interact as effectively as we can. The sooner we share these skills with our kids the better off they will be.

On Being OK With Putting My Supermom Cape Away

Melissa Chapman | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

This year, I got thrown a curve ball. My daughter found herself in the midst of a social situation that Supermom could not swoop in and fix.

When They Say They Don't Care, They Actually Do

Cornelia Seigneur | Posted 02.09.2015 | Parents
Cornelia Seigneur

For now, I strive to keep up the traditions around holidays and birthdays and other celebrations, knowing that, deep down, my kids do care. And that traditions do matter.

Guiding Your Teens to Envision -- And Build -- The Lives They Want

Todd Kestin | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents
Todd Kestin

A run-in with failure can be devastating to the inexperienced. And without being taught how to respond to it, it can be destructive in its impact on a person's confidence. But it's far more easily managed when you can see a positive outcome in the end.

Thanks, Birth Control!

Devon Corneal | Posted 01.12.2015 | Parents
Devon Corneal

As our children become more independent and autonomous, they rely on us less for information and more on their friends and peers. We give them the foundation, but once they move into their dorm rooms, our kids are on their own. Which is why I'm so very, very grateful for birth control.

On The Night Before Your First Middle School Dance

Dana Talusani | Posted 01.10.2015 | Parents
Dana Talusani

I wish for that boy who approaches, biting his lip and gazing down at the floor. I wish for that hopeful flicker in your eyes, the way you can't help but smile at the ground at the sight of him. I wish for your satin curls to greet his shoulder, shy and soft.

I Used to Know Where My Stuff Was...

Teri Biebel | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Teri Biebel

I've taken to hiding things that I just refuse to part with. My deodorant is now in my sock drawer. Shampoo and conditioner? I hide those in my closet under my shoe rack and take them in when I shower each day. Razor? Underwear drawer. Shaving cream? The garage, where else?

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

GalTime | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents

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.

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...

When the Baby You Adore Becomes a Teenager

Kathy Radigan | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Unlike the deep bouts of doubt I once had over whether I was a good actor or singer, or the doubts I can have today over whether I'm a good writer, blogger, gardener or even friend, I don't have too many over my ability as a mother.

11 Ways To Reclaim A Relaxing Summer For Your Family

Grown And Flown | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents
Grown And Flown

It's worth reminding ourselves that summer is a break from routine, after all, not a break from parenting.

The Moments That Make Me Want to Hit 'Pause'

Carrie Kenny | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Carrie Kenny

I've accepted all of the milestones and markers that "growing up" bring. I've photographed them, saved them in plastic tubs, rejoiced over some and cried over others. But for some reason, this birthday just hits me harder than most.

8 Tips For Parents Of Teens With Depression

Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents

By Cari Nierenberg, Contributing writer Published: 05/01/2014 10:53 AM EDT on LiveScience The teenage years are notoriously turbulent. Adolescen...

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.

Middle-aged and Invisible at Coachella

Julie Bergman Sender | Posted 06.20.2014 | Fifty
Julie Bergman Sender

I accept that Coachella has become one of those rites of passage for millennials and far be it from me to deny my child that... but along the way I had my own rite of passage.

From Toddler to Teen in One Glance Out the Window

Maria Rodgers O’Rourke | Posted 06.07.2014 | Parents
Maria Rodgers O’Rourke

I glanced out the kitchen window and the light caught my eye, warm and rosy on my neighbor's wall. Sunset. The sun's rays were shining through the barren winter trees, projecting a silhouette of our old swing set, still and frozen on the side yard.

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....

Sunrise, Sunset: A Son Rises

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

Once I knew everything about my children from their sleep habits to their favorite foods. Now I stand on the periphery watching them change and grapple with adulthood.

Turning 13

Claire Wapole | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Claire Wapole

As much as saddens me to admit it, all the moments I will ever have with my son as a little boy have already happened. All of his little boy life has been lived. There are no more little guy moments to be made. They are over.