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It Doesn't Have to Be So Hard

Catherine Gobron | Posted 05.22.2015 | Education
Catherine Gobron

As a culture we believe deeply that school is the only way forward. We believe that people absolutely, positively must get through the gauntlet of high school for any hope of a successful future.

How to Save a Life

Hilal Isler | Posted 05.22.2015 | Education
Hilal Isler

By the time I turned thirteen, I had attended five schools, in four cities, on three continents. My parents were professors who had me late in life and, perhaps because of this, I am an only child.

5 Basic Banking Lessons to Teach Your Teen

David A. Dedman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Money
David A. Dedman

I'm surprised at just how little teens know about basic banking these days. I recently opened a checking account for my 18-year-old at our credit union. It was a real eye-opener. Here's what I'll go over with my teenager about basic banking.

A Real-Life Youth

Zane Rubin | Posted 05.21.2015 | Teen
Zane Rubin

Albert and Ida remain the sole members of the entirety of my sexual experiences. I'm still unsure of where they stop and I begin. Had Ida been in my position I think she would have been more zen, but then again she is on Paxil, and she isn't real. She's just a girl on TV.

Graduates, Take Your Time

Angela Keck | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Angela Keck

I have so many things I still need to teach you about how to be the amazing person I know you can be. You're already becoming her, and watching you turn into that woman you'll soon be each and every day has been the highlight of my life for the last 18 years.

In Praise Of The Mohawk

Ravishly | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Ravishly

At first, I didn't realize the full significance of David's Mohawk, but it quickly became clear. This seemingly small change was a mammoth one in an almost-6-year-old's life.

How to Deal with Your Moody Teenager

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Show me a moody teenager and I'll show you someone who won't adapt to change, much less embrace change or accept that a change has happened. Before w...

5 Things Teens Want To Tell You

Joni Edelman | Posted 05.18.2015 | 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.

How (And Why) To Be Humble When You Parent

Donna Wick, Ed.D | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Donna Wick, Ed.D

It's funny that we don't speak more about humility when we talk about parenting. God knows, if anything is humbling, it's the experience of being a parent.

You Can Buy Happiness

Margaret Marshall | Posted 05.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Margaret Marshall

Happiness is not bought with the same currency used to purchase a car. You cannot buy happiness with dollars. You may be happy with a new car, but continued happiness must come from within. But you can buy happiness with a different currency. The currency for happiness is intangible. It comes from within and it is never depleted.

Growing Up: The Hardest, Most Enjoyable Thing You Will Do

Robin Cassady | Posted 05.14.2015 | Women
Robin Cassady

When you're an adolescent, coming into your teen years sounds awesome. We wake up every morning pick out outfits based on how we feel that day, or consider the thought of grabbing the attention of a cute boy at school. Life is so easy for us then.

The Ultimate Price of Our Hyper-Achievement Culture

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.14.2015 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

These stories demonstrate the ultimate price that young people can pay for buying into the hyper-achievement culture. Yet, though infrequent and extreme in their finality, they only lie at the far end of the continuum that many young people exist in these days.

The Ever-Evolving Mom

Julie Dermer | Posted 05.14.2015 | Parents
Julie Dermer

I've dabbled into the "selfless mom" mentality over the years and it never felt good. In fact, the more I obsessed about my mommy role, the more batty I started to feel.

Melissa Rivers Opens Up About Romance, Body Image and Joan's Best Motherly Advice

Caroline Presno | Posted 05.13.2015 | Entertainment
Caroline Presno

In The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation, Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa Rivers delivers a tribute to her mom with a lot of life and a lot of laughs.

How an Unexpected Class Change Helped This Mom Reconnect With Her Teen

Kathy Radigan | Posted 05.14.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I will always be grateful for the class that brought the two of us a little closer together at a time when it was so easy to grow apart.

The Legacy I Didn't Know I Wanted

Amy Mullis | Posted 05.12.2015 | Fifty
Amy Mullis

Now that I'm in the stage of life where good advice usually involves a recipe loaded with fiber, I realize that what Mama left me was a handbook for life.

A Girl's Perspective: Why 13-Years-Olds Shouldn't Be Married

The Next Ten Challenge | Posted 05.12.2015 | Teen
The Next Ten Challenge

Today is Mother's Day, the day of the year when we celebrate our mothers. But in so many countries, mothers are far too young. In fact, in many places in the developing world, girls are more likely to become mothers than to finish school.

Teen Takes Great-Grandma To Prom Because She's 'The Prettiest Woman'

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.11.2015 | Fifty

Choosing to avoid awkward promposals and the anxiety that comes with asking someone out, high school junior Drew Holm decided to take his 93-year-old ...

Forget the Promposal. We Want MOMPOSALS!

Peyton Price | Posted 05.08.2015 | Parents
Peyton Price

Our teenage sons need to stop shuffling up to us in their boxer shorts to mumble their demands. Now that we've seen what these boys can do, they had better step it up when they have a question to pop Mom. Teenage girls aren't the only one who need social media likes, amiright ladies?

The Case For Not Giving Up On America's Troubled Teens

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 05.08.2015 | Media

As journalists, we dutifully report on what's going wrong, from scandals and corruption to natural disasters and social problems. But far too often th...

Women Are From MARS, Too

Hilal Isler | Posted 05.06.2015 | Women
Hilal Isler

That night at home, I studied myself in the mirror. I brushed my growing hair carefully, groomed my eyebrows, and practiced throwing sultry looks at my reflection. After a lifetime of feeling ugly, suddenly, in a singular, slow-motion instant, everything had shifted.

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

Lori Ferraro | Posted 05.06.2015 | 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.

Sex Education or Sex Ignorance?

Gabrielle Van Tassel | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Gabrielle Van Tassel

Some fear that teenagers' access to contraceptives and learning comprehensive sex ed will inspire more sexual activity. But as sex therapist Dr. Gloria Brame explains, "No comprehensive sex ed = no reliable information on how STDs are transmitted and no understanding of how to prevent them."

Victim-Blaming of Teen Rape Survivors in Cameroon

The Advice Project | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
The Advice Project

According to a U.N. survey of crime trends in 2008, the rape rate in my country, Cameroon, was 2.4 women per 100,000 citizens. Sadly, these numbers don't reflect the reality of how many women and girls actually get raped in Cameroon.

Students: Find Your Passion

Emily K. Genser | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Emily K. Genser

My hope for you is that you realize that all of the pressure of this year, all of the stressors and worries, have set you up to succeed wherever you land. It is up to you to find the career that will make you genuinely happy.