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The Lost Art of Kindness: Cyberbullying, an Ever-Growing Issue

Alicia Cook | Posted 08.12.2015 | Technology
Alicia Cook

When I attended elementary, middle and high school, things were different. There was no real anonymity. I knew which classmates wanted to humiliate me. I sat next to them in class. They would sign their actual names on their mean notes to me in between periods.

From Teens in Jail to Teens Onstage: The Odyssey Project

Ming Holden | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education
Ming Holden

The Odyssey Project, now in its fifth year, is using the arts to combat recidivism for juvenile offenders in a completely unprecedented way: by creating an arts-based "intervention" at that critical point near the end of a juvenile offender's teen years, when, like Odysseus, they have life choices to make that will indelibly determine their future's path.

When Back-to-School Means Back to Being Scared for Kids With Disabilities

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.11.2015 | Education
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Going back to school is always going to be a little nerve wracking. Kids will always worry about classes, friendships, and keeping up with the latest fads. But they should never have to worry for their safety.

To The Teenage Girls At The Swimming Pool

Christine Organ | Posted 08.11.2015 | Parents
Christine Organ

You might not remember me, but we met at the public pool last week. I use the word "met" loosely, because I never actually learned your names, and you didn't learn mine.

10 Tips to Make Switching Schools Easier

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.10.2015 | Education
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Changing schools sounds simple, but it almost never is. Parents should carefully consider whether or not switching schools is the most appropriate option. Sometimes it may be best for parents to sacrifice or delay their own new opportunities in order to ensure stability for teens or adolescents, but that's not always possible or realistic.

Identifying Teenage Cyberbullying Behavior

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 08.07.2015 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

Teens have a secret life. Much as it may be hard to digest for parents, a trot down memory lane into one's own teenage will prove that there are some circles in the teenager's life that exclude parents.

Capturing Misty Copeland's Power and Grace

Richard Corman | Posted 08.07.2015 | Black Voices
Richard Corman

As I approached from the southern end of Manhattan, where the sun had just risen, I couldn't quite believe what I was witnessing. She moved gracefully, dramatically and with intent all over the Mason and Hamlin -- sitting, leaning, standing, en pointe.

Meditation Helps Bodine Students to 'Thrive'

Anthony David Williams | Posted 08.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Anthony David Williams

Bodine was a test run. Let us now begin to follow the evolution of meditation with the mission of encouraging the implementation of meditation education in high schools world wide. Ladies and gents, we have a movement on our hands.

I Didn't Know That Would Happen #257

Claire Wapole | Posted 08.04.2015 | Parents
Claire Wapole

Ever since my first pregnancy, I developed a super sonic sense of smell. During each pregnancy it caused me to pretty much hate the scent of everything except Ivory soap and lemons. With the delivery of my last child, the intensity of scent aversion diminished, but it's still there and it's often the cause of some heated arguments.

I'm Not Sure If I'm Too Strict With My Teenage Daughter

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 08.04.2015 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

Your gut is telling you that your gauge is off and that your feelings about your daughter may be related to your childhood, and I agree 100 percent. The key here is that you feel hatred when you see your daughter and her boyfriend. That is a very strong emotion, and one which I encourage you to explore.

What Is It Like to Be a High School Principal?

Quora | Posted 08.05.2015 | Education
Quora

When I tell people that I'm a high school principal, people usually make a comment like, "God Bless you," "I'm so glad there are people like you out there," or "That's a tough job."

A Mom's Reply to "Rules for Dating my Daughter"

Lisa R. Petty | Posted 08.04.2015 | Parents
Lisa R. Petty

The Rules for Dating my Daughter meme is not funny when you have a son. It's not funny when someone assumes your Star Wars watching, animal loving boy is a threat to anyone. So, Mr. Macho Rules for Dating my Daughter, I've got some feedback for you and your silly little rule list.

The Stranger

KidSpirit | Posted 08.05.2015 | Religion
KidSpirit

Interfaith Connections is a column for teens to dialogue about how their faith or wisdom tradition influences their view of life's big questions. In e...

Parent Olympics

Samara Wolpe | Posted 07.31.2015 | Parents
Samara Wolpe

It was a Tuesday afternoon. High school juniors huddled around a long dining room table, nervously scraping their cuticle-bitten fingers along the edges of manilla folders.

The Likes of You and Not Being Cool

Kay Tacke Morse | Posted 07.30.2015 | Parents
Kay Tacke Morse

Ma'am -- may I take your lunch order? Avocado scramble with Aardvark Sauce please. My daughter smirks. The likes of you smirk. The ma'am giving her ca...

Quiet Diary: "I want to be okay with who I am."

The Quiet Revolution | Annelie Hyatt | Posted 07.30.2015 | Healthy Living

My family and I live in the heart of NYC. We have it all: Fifth Avenue, Central Park, and many great places to eat. While our apartment is small and t...

8 Venn Diagrams That Cover 18 Years Of Childhood

Melissa Sher | Posted 07.29.2015 | Parents
Melissa Sher

No two days with your child are ever alike. And, once you've been in the thick of a developmental stage and think you have something finally figured out, your kids go and change on you.

7 Ways America Needs to Be More Like Germany

Sophie Roth-Douquet | Posted 07.28.2015 | Teen
Sophie Roth-Douquet

In Germany there are bakeries on practically every corner. I lived in Stuttgart, a pretty big city in the south of Germany where I could see three bakeries just by looking out the window and swiveling my head slightly.

The Words I Want My Teenage Son to Remember

Mary Hickey | Posted 07.28.2015 | Parents
Mary Hickey

"The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice." I have been seeing this quote often lately and frankly find it somewhat terrifying.

Heavy Social Media Use Linked With Mental Health Issues In Teens

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 07.28.2015 | Science

Most members of Generation Z can't imagine life without Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter. Nearly one in four teens reports being online...

ABC Family Generation

Samara Wolpe | Posted 07.27.2015 | College
Samara Wolpe

This year, a generation of kids will be thrust into the long awaited but still unsettling age of puberty and turn to ABC Family for answers. While you enjoy your show, think about what that half hour is creating in our generation.

12 Going On 20: The Awkward Stage No Longer Exists And It's Weird

Unwritten | Posted 07.27.2015 | Women
Unwritten

Kids now live in a world where they're given a cell phone before they hit double digits. Instead of playing with Barbie dolls, girls begin to play with straighteners and makeup -- something our generation didn't do until early high school. I can even honestly say that I've taken makeup advice from a middle-schooler. In what world is that even possible?

Monkey See Monkey Do: 7 Ways to Model Responsible Behavior around Social Media and Technology

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 07.24.2015 | Parents
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

We cannot forget that real love and connection is a person-to-person experience. We need eye-contact and touch to experience connection, not just a screen.

My Little Girl Has Turned Into a Tween and It's Hard as Hell

Scott Shamberg | Posted 07.23.2015 | Parents
Scott Shamberg

So as you depart for camp this year, on the precipice of your teenage years, it felt like the right time to give you less comedic advice and offer some truth. Truth that I hope will bring us both some insight into how to get older together because I'll tell you, babe, it is damn hard for me.

The One Thing DC Comics Is Getting Wrong

Lauren Galley | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
Lauren Galley

As a girl who loves a good superhero film, I wish more than anything that I had more female characters to look up to. Not women that are sexy and flexible, and are the love interests, but women who are strong, brave and just as tough as the male superheroes.