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An Open Letter to My Teenage Daughter

Darah Zeledon | Posted 06.08.2015 | Parents
Darah Zeledon

Keep your family close to you. We always have your back and love you unconditionally. Not until you accept and love yourself the way you are will you be free.

13 Things I Will Never Have To Do Again In My Empty Nest

Grown And Flown | Posted 06.07.2015 | Fifty
Grown And Flown

My youngest son heads off to college in August. When he finally slams the screen door, he will be emptying the nest my husband and I began to fill 22 years ago. With his departure, I reflect on a few things that, frankly, I am more than a little ready to let go of.

'My Teenage Daughter Has Become A Cat'

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 06.08.2015 | Fifty
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

Being older parents has its benefits, which is that we get love, affection and snuggles from our children well into our 50s while everyone else we know is packing their kids off to college. However no one warned me that when my daughter turned 13 she'd become a cat.

7 Ways College Kids Home For The Summer Are Exactly Like Mice

Jennifer Ball | Posted 06.05.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Ball

With mice, you find droppings. With college kids, you find wet towels everywhere, dirty dishes in bedrooms and Bob Marley posters.

To My 12-Year-Old Self

Louise Chapman | Posted 06.04.2015 | Women
Louise Chapman

I know you are questioning your beauty and worth. Please know that you were made, as you are, for a reason.

4 Inspiring Life Lessons I Learned From My Teenage Son

Erris Langer Klapper | Posted 06.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Erris Langer Klapper

There is nothing more humbling and rewarding than taking advice from your kids. Can I make myself feel better by taking credit for my son's intuitive words of wisdom? Maybe not. But I can be smart enough to pay attention. He's making good sense, so perhaps I'm not screwing up 100 percent of the time.

My Daughter's Education Didn't Meet My Expectations; It Got Rid Of Them

Heather Risinger | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Heather Risinger

As I watched everyone happily posting their kid's prom pictures and making their big college announcements, I was going through something completely different with my daughter. This was the last semester of my her high school career, and nothing was going according to plan.

I'm With Stupid: Arrested Despite 72,000 Good-luck Charms

Todd Hartley | Posted 06.01.2015 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I have to admit that I'm a big fan of the senior prank, that time-honored tradition of doing something extra stupid just before you graduate high school. I consider it a much cooler rite of passage than the prom, which is downright barbaric. But it can't be just any old prank.

WATCH: NYC Teens Distribute Food and Water to Hurricane Victims

HooplaHa | Posted 05.29.2015 | Good News
HooplaHa

After one mother initially suggested the idea to her son, he quickly texted his friends and within 15 minutes they had all gathered and started planning their relief efforts! They walked through the neighborhood giving assistance to others in need. What incredible young men!

'Poltergeist' and Why Gender Tropes are Apparently 'Ok' so Long as They Target Teens

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 05.29.2015 | Entertainment
Christopher J. Ferguson

Tropes about teens are, I'd argue, not just a minor issue, but reinforce poor interactions between adults and teens that ultimately disadvantage teens.

The Summer of Risk

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 05.28.2015 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

Years ago, a wise and trusted friend -- a veteran mother - told me that the summer before sophomore year of high school was the summer for crossing over, the summer of risk, the summer when all of those things you were scared about in junior high didn't seem so bad.

Influence of Social Media on Teenagers

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 06.08.2015 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

The influence of social media on adolescents and teenagers is of particular importance, not only because this particular group of children is developmentally vulnerable but also because they are among the heaviest users of social networking.

Bringing the Wonder Back to Alice

Joanne Rendell | Posted 05.26.2015 | Education
Joanne Rendell

It's a warm spring evening in Central Park and a group of teens are gathered at the Alice in Wonderland statue, just up from the boating lake. For most of them, frolicking on the iconic statue is probably something they haven't done in a while. But today the teens don't hold back.

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 06.25.2015 | 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.