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Letter to My Pre-Teen Daughter

Marwa Azab | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Marwa Azab

As desperate as my pre-teen might be to shed her childhood, I am desperately holding on to whatever childish reminders kind moments offer me.

Who I Am Now and Who I Am Not

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

I am daydreaming about sex on the sidelines of the soccer game. I am sleeping with my 6-year-old more often than my husband. I wear stretch marks like a vixen and sweatpants like a high schooler.

Rate Yourself As A Mom On A Scale of 1 to 10

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 03.27.2015 | Parents
Eva Lesko Natiello

Between forkfuls of asparagus risotto, she asked, "What if someone asked you to rate yourself as a mother? What would you say, on a scale of 1 to 10?" It's a waste of time to skirt my daughter's hypotheticals. "Umm, I don't know. An 8?" "What? Why an 8? Who's better than you?" she asked.

Seeing the College Admissions Glass as Half-Full

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 03.27.2015 | College
Rebecca Joseph

The happiest students in this process are willing to attend several colleges on their lists; they realize that these colleges will offer them extraordinary programming, including merit scholarships.

A Letter To My Teenage Daughter While You're Still A Little Girl

Lauren Cormier | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
Lauren Cormier

In case we lose our way somewhere in the next 16 years, and you find yourself standing some distance from me on the day you leave the nest, I want you to know what our relationship is like right now, when you're 2.

To My Friend Who Lost Her Teenage Daughter

Abby Pingree | Posted 03.25.2015 | Women
Abby Pingree

She lives on in all of us, but mostly she lives on in you.

The Necessity of LGBT-Inclusive Curriculum

Mark Pino | Posted 03.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Mark Pino

To get to the root of the problem and eradicate homophobic language in everyday jargon, we need to create a link between the word "gay" and the real faces of the LGBT community. Students need to be taught about the accomplishments of LGBT men, women and gender nonconformists.

What Is the Political Situation in the Super Mario Universe?

Quora | Posted 04.13.2015 | Weird News
Quora

This is one of my favorite questions to date on Quora! The first task in answering the question is to define the frame of reference -- what is the Mario Universe?

Social Media: A Narcissist's Virtual Playground

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

When does normal adolescence angst become a compulsive need for affirmation? And when does that angst turn into pathological narcissism? For starters, we might look at the devices in our hands.

6 Ways To Stop Negative Self-Talk

ShimmerTeen | Posted 03.23.2015 | Teen
ShimmerTeen

Sometimes, it can be extreme, making you unnecessarily insecure, taking jabs at your confidence and making you question your abilities to achieve your dreams. Obviously, that's not ideal. So what can you do about it?

The Hard Truth America's Children Are Forced to Learn

Isabel Song | Posted 03.20.2015 | Teen
Isabel Song

America doesn't care that having armed security guards at school doesn't do a single thing to make me feel safe in a place where I'm supposed to walk into a classroom ready to learn.

Your Tween's Private Photo Could Go Viral. Here's How.

Galit Breen | Posted 03.18.2015 | Parents
Galit Breen

Our kids aren't all that different then we were at this age. But their access to social media makes their quickly made decisions capable of being a little bigger, a little louder, have a little more impact, a bigger punch, if you will.

To The Younger Me Who Married At Age 20 In A Strip Mall: I Don't Judge You, I Admire You

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 03.19.2015 | Divorce
Nicole Jankowski

I was married, for the first time, in a strip mall on a sunny Friday morning in late October, 1999. I was not quite 21, and all the world was still unknown to me, wonderful and inviting. I did not care that there were murmurs of discontent among the guests.

Bigotry Hits US-Born Latino Teens Harder than Immigrant Teens

Daniel Cubias | Posted 03.18.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

If it sucks to be an adolescent, it sucks more to be an immigrant teenager in a new country. Take all the angst that faces every teen, then add language barriers, cultural confusion, discrimination, and general discombobulation. It's not pretty, is it?

'Hey, Big Tobacco, I'm Not a Replacement Smoker'

Matthew L. Myers | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Matthew L. Myers

Today, America's kids are standing up to the tobacco industry for the 20th annual Kick Butts Day, a national day of activism sponsored by the Campaign...

Ten "Spokes of Life" That Parents Should Teach Their Children

Quora | Posted 03.18.2015 | Parents
Quora

Had 6 kids; four full time step kids, two part time kids, thousands counseled now. As a therapist, probation officer and trainer, teacher, coach and scout master.

Fostering Love

Lisa Steinberg | Posted 03.17.2015 | Entertainment
Lisa Steinberg

ABC Family has always been at the forefront for groundbreaking and driven young adult programs and they hit the mark once again with their family centered show The Fosters.

6 Life Lessons Your Gamer Children Can Learn From Playing Video Games

Quora | Posted 03.16.2015 | Parents
Quora

When I was seventeen years old, I became one of the highest ranked World of Warcraft players in North America. Below are some of the most powerful lessons I learned on my quest for Internet fame and success:

7 Cool Colleges You've Probably Never Heard of

Teen Vogue | Posted 03.12.2015 | Teen
Teen Vogue

There are plenty of schools out there with unique programs, stunning campuses, notable grads and low tuition that are often overlooked simply because people don't know about them.

5 Ways to Raise a Successful Teenager

Zondra Hughes | Posted 03.12.2015 | Chicago
Zondra Hughes

Here are a few nuggets of wisdom from the world-renowned motivational speakers, celebrities and executives that participated in the event.

3 Secrets I'm Ashamed To Tell My Kids About My Teenage Years

YourTango | Serge Bielanko | Posted 03.10.2015 | Fifty

Adults think they remember what it's like to be a young person, but the reality is: they don't. Times change hard and fast, and what people in their 3...

First Dates Can Be Awkward, Just Ask These Celebs

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 03.09.2015 | Teen

Awkward first date got you down? You're not alone. While chatting with the United Kingdom's Capital FM, celebrities opened up about their first da...

March Into College Readiness

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 03.09.2015 | College
Rebecca Joseph

March is a busy time for high school juniors and their families. Here are our March college readiness tips.

Parenting Advice: Don't Kill Them

Ijeoma Oluo | Posted 03.09.2015 | Parents
Ijeoma Oluo

You deserve an award for not evicting what is surely the world's worst houseguest. Acknowledge that, and instead of beating yourself up for feeling the way anybody would feel if a fellow human had just literally sh*t all over them, pat yourself on the back.

The 15 Stages Every Parent Goes Through When Dragging Teens Out Of Bed In The Morning

Posted 03.09.2015 | Parents

Besides running a marathon uphill, completing a Rubik’s cube in 60 seconds flat, and preparing a five-course dinner for you and 20 of your closest f...