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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.

Is Social Media A Friend Or Foe To Moms?

Sara Chana Silverstein | Posted 05.01.2015 | Parents
Sara Chana Silverstein

I make my way to the kitchen and crash into my 19-year-old, who is posing for a 'selfie' with his new haircut. "Sorry, Mom," he says sheepishly as he posts his picture on Instagram. As I dice onions for dinner, I observe my 21-year-old dancing wildly for his latest Vine video.

An Entrepreneur vs. His Eye-Rolling Teenager

Naveen Jain | Posted 05.01.2015 | Parents
Naveen Jain

I may have managed to build a successful technology startup that had gone public by the time my three kids hit their 13th birthdays, but don't think that bought me any special respect from our teenagers. Just like teens everywhere, our children challenged us, ignored us, and rolled their eyes at our crazy ideas.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Bruce Jenner

Jessica Herthel | Posted 04.30.2015 | Parents
Jessica Herthel

At the end of the day, dodging the question just means that our kids are going to hear about Bruce Jenner from someone else; most likely an ill-informed classmate on the playground. Better we show respect for our kids by keeping it simple and speaking the truth, just as Bruce Jenner has finally and admirably done.

Teenage Girls: Angst-Ridden Changemakers

Tara Cousineau, PhD | Posted 04.30.2015 | Parents
Tara Cousineau, PhD

Generation K refers to Katniss Everdeen, the heroine of The Hunger Games series. Here is a cohort of girls coming of age in full immersion with technology; who are experiencing the effects of a major economic recession during their childhood; in a world where terrorism has no boundaries.

I Don't Need An Instagram Filter To Be Beautiful

Mackenzie Patel | Posted 04.29.2015 | Teen
Mackenzie Patel

So before you go to slather on Valencia, Sierra or Perpetua, just remember that the real you doesn't have some cookie cutter filter applied to it. You are fantastically "Normal."

When the Internet and Teenage Girls Collide: Why We Need Better Sex Ed

Alexandra Levy | Posted 04.29.2015 | College
Alexandra Levy

If we want to actually address issues like teen pregnancy and redefining consent in a socio-techno world, different generations must work together to understand the differing needs of today's young people.

Peer Pressure Attack? Here's What to Say

Bernadette Anat | Posted 04.30.2015 | 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.

Prom 2.0: If I Knew Then...

Annie Fox | Posted 04.28.2015 | Parents
Annie Fox

The anticipation. The awkwardness. The fear of rejection. The actual rejection. The logistics. The clothes. The cost. I've been thinking about my high school prom and what went wrong. If I knew then what I know now, what would I do differently?

Who Is Operating Your Control Panel?

Joshua Wayne | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Joshua Wayne

I have news for you. It may be frightening and it may be liberating. Regardless, I assure you it's true: There is a control panel wired directly into ...

Why Sexist Dress Codes Have to Go

Jamie Rifkin | Posted 04.27.2015 | College
Jamie Rifkin

While dress codes are important so that students aren't wearing anything offensive, inappropriate or containing profanity, it is wrong for public schools to set strict restrictions, especially those of which unfairly target young ladies.

Actual Movie Dialogue That Works For Everyday Situations

Mary Beth Holcomb | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Mary Beth Holcomb

When Your Kids Become Teenagers (The Bourne Identity). Me: "I don't want to do this anymore." Husband: "I don't think that's a decision you can make."

Stand Up for Sleep-Deprived Students

Vicki Abeles | Posted 04.26.2015 | Education
Vicki Abeles

For growing teens, this daily trudge is more than a minor annoyance. Countless studies and medical experts are sounding the alarm (no pun intended): Insufficient sleep is endangering our students' health and learning.

7 Values That Will Help You Raise Resilient Children

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 04.23.2015 | Parents
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

To parent our children to live exceptional lives and become exceptional people, we must teach them to have the fortitude to stand tall no matter what is happening.

How to Deal With Rejection

Jamie Rifkin | Posted 04.23.2015 | College
Jamie Rifkin

Everybody experiences rejection. As a small child you learn almost automatically that you don't always get what you want and sometimes life isn't fair. Even with this awareness, rejection still sucks.

Are You Confident In Your Parenting?

Joshua Wayne | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Joshua Wayne

Building up this self-confidence is critical to restoring balance at home. It's the first step in reducing the terrible stress of being at odds with your children and everything that comes with it.

An Open Letter to Teens: Just Keep Winging It

Deborah Dunham | Posted 04.21.2015 | Education
Deborah Dunham

If you're feeling not-so-together right now, know this: You are not alone. You are going to be JUST FINE. And you are going to land in the right place.

Does Technology Impact a Child's Emotional Intelligence?

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 04.20.2015 | Technology
Suren Ramasubbu

It seems that technology does not bode particularly well for Emotional Intelligence. That however, does not demonize technology.

Sharing the Stories of LGBTQ Youth: Caitlyn, 18, From Las Vegas

Diana Scholl | Posted 04.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

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What's It Like Working on a Film in Sub-Zero Temps Without Cell Phone Access?

Ilana Rapp | Posted 04.17.2015 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Call these actors crazy or call them troopers - either way, their bravery in treading through harsh weather and barely any internet or cell phone access is what helped make Astraea come to life.

Should I Force My Teenager to Come on Vacation With Us?

Nicole Scobie | Posted 04.17.2015 | Parents
Nicole Scobie

Ok, so here is my message in a bottle question, I am writing it down on this little scrap of laptop and tossing out into the ocean of Internet. What's a mom to do? My teenage son does not want to come on vacation with us.