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September, So Exciting

Susie Spain | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Susie Spain

For all of us at Angels at Risk, what we love most about September is all the newness, the hope, the crisis, the tears and all the joy that we get to see. The fact for us all is that it comes under the category of helping everybody's self-esteem.

Gap Year Is the New Education

Andy Braner | Posted 11.10.2013 | College
Andy Braner

I'm so excited for the class of 2014 as they engage in learning important leadership skills, invest in global business, education, and health care, and become the leaders of tomorrow who can make a difference in the world by knowing the world's problems and wresting through real solutions as they pursue higher education.

What to Do When You Google the Guy you Lost Your Virginity to and His Mugshot Comes Up

Anastasia Basil | Posted 11.09.2013 | Comedy
Anastasia Basil

3. When the time is right, tell your daughters you lost your virginity to a boy who wrote poetry and bottle-fed abandoned baby birds. Then, with a far-away look in your eyes, say he died tragically rescuing a drowning foal.

Dear Mrs. Hall, Regarding Your 'FYI (If You're a Teenage Girl)'

Beth Woolsey | Posted 11.09.2013 | Parents
Beth Woolsey

What you need to know is this: You are beautiful. You are valuable. You are worthy. You are your physical body, and you are so very much more. And you, baby girl, have infinite chances for grace and redemption and relationship and community and wholeness and LOVE.

What I've Learned About Eating Disorders and Teenage Boys

Lois Metzger | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Lois Metzger

The lures are everywhere -- all the billboards and trailers featuring abs and pecs and glutes. Many boys start out wanting to achieve physical perfection and then spiral down into full-blown eating disorders.

Back to School: Skin Care Basics

Indie Lee | Posted 11.06.2013 | Style
Indie Lee

The stress of new beginnings and putting your best foot (and face) forward can cause breakouts. School is in session and today our lesson plan is what you can do to lower your chances of that first day breakout.

Why Today's 13-year-old LinkedIn Users Might Revolutionize Tomorrow's Workplace

Dr. Layla McCay | Posted 11.04.2013 | Business
Dr. Layla McCay

My penchant for the potential of social media compelled me to click on Robert Shrimsley's article on LinkedIn opening up to those as young as thirteen -- a plan he brands "utterly and miserably aberrant." I struggle to agree.

Back To School Is A Great Time For Teens To Sleep

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 11.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

The assumption is that the teenagers are falling asleep because they are bored or disinterested in the class. Was elementary school more exciting than high school? No, that is not the reason. It is a misconception that boredom causes sleepiness. Boredom just unmasks sleep deprivation.

Adults vs. Teens: The Different Ways We Use Social Media

Jeff Hindenach | Posted 10.29.2013 | Technology
Jeff Hindenach

Check out the infographic below to see how adults and teens stack up against each other when it comes to social media usage:

The Outing That Turned Into A Power Struggle With My Daughter

Judith Natelli McLaughlin | Posted 10.29.2013 | Fifty
Judith Natelli McLaughlin

She was bathed and dressed, wearing cute summer shorts and a matching top. Blue. We went to play on the bay beach for a few minutes before dinner. Swing on the swings. Dig in the sand. Sit on the teeter-totter. It was not time to play in the water. Re-read the first part of the first sentence -- she was bathed and dressed. She was also 4 years old and into testing both herself and me.

A Reason Behind Youth Violence? No Quick McAnswers

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 10.28.2013 | Crime
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

Doing the deep work of therapy is difficult and gut-wrenching. When will this country's pain over youth violence become reason enough to do the deep work?

Tired of Fighting My Teen to Wake Up in the Morning

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 10.27.2013 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Many kids tune out a well-meaning parent's efforts to get them to rise and shine, going back to sleep over and over.

Teens Use Twitter To Thumb Rides

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 10.26.2013 | Parents
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Bianca Brooks Photo Credit: Tanginekka Hall/Youth Radio Teens look to Twitter to get around. Back in the 1970s, my mom turned 18 and got her dr...

Whiny Parents: College Drop-Off Is Not About You

Valerie Frankel | Posted 10.26.2013 | Parents
Valerie Frankel

Absolutely, this stage of life is hard for us. Yes, we'll miss our kids. Undoubtedly, we're getting older and confronting our fear of death. But college drop-off is their big moment.

Puppy Fills Gap Left By Busy Teenagers In Obama White House

Reuters | Posted 10.23.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON, Aug 23 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama says Sunny, the new dog that became part of the Obama White House this week, helps fills a voi...

Guess Which Age Group Is Buying The Most Cars?

Renee Fisher | Posted 10.23.2013 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Most boomers' parents didn't grow up with cars as their ultimate status symbol. A lot of them had to interrupt their joyriding days in order to save the world from war. And the generation that followed us cared more about fancy technology than something on four wheels.

It's Back-to-School Time: What Your Students Needs to Know Before They Enter the Hallways

Andy Braner | Posted 10.19.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

In the midst of all the buzz, I've started thinking about some of the most important lessons I learned after coming off a fun filled summer vacation, and I think it would be good to share a few before we pull up the family truckster in the drop off line.

What I Learned From Kids This Summer

Fernie Tiflis | Posted 10.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Fernie Tiflis

Kids are loud, messy, needy and sticky, but hey, I know some adults who are all these things too. Kids are also full of wonder, curiosity, joy, and they have infinite love to give. And for that, in a lot of ways, they've taught me to love life even more.

Why We'd Be Screwed if Young Adult Books Were Real

Lisa Parkin | Posted 10.12.2013 | Books
Lisa Parkin

Nothing against the youth of today, but... aren't there some adults with real world experience who could, you know, jump in with the whole saving humanity thing?

Kid Power: Building the Next Generation of Great Lakes Stewards

Roger Germann | Posted 10.05.2013 | Green
Roger Germann

In our own way, each of us in the Great Lakes region can contribute to similar experiences for the next generation. For me, it's seeing the sense of wonder in my children's' eyes as they discover new treasures on the shoreline.

The Best Way To Wake A Sleeping Teenager

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 10.05.2013 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

When I hear parents of young children talk about how their kids wake them at the crack of dawn, and how they'd give anything for an extra hour of sleep, I empathize. Then I tell them not to wish it away too fast, because snuggly toddlers in the wee hours beat teen vampires any day of the week.

A Three-Word Message For My Teenager (With Love)

Beth Woolsey | Posted 10.02.2013 | Parents
Beth Woolsey

I say this in love. Knowing that you can't. But that someday you will. Knock it off.

Florida Teen Makes History

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 08.02.2013 | Black Voices

If you thought a 14-year-old set to graduate from Chicago State University with a degree in Psychology was an amazing feat, wait until you hear about ...

Arab-American Diplomacy With Teenagers

Andy Braner | Posted 10.02.2013 | Impact
Andy Braner

I wonder if it's possible to create a bridge of trust through developing stories together? Certainly we don't have to do ropes courses or bike rides with heads of state, but maybe there's a place, a program, a reason for those involved in intimate negotiating to stop and forge friendship.

Our Wedding Was Perfect... For Us

Susan Chatzky | Posted 10.01.2013 | Weddings
Susan Chatzky

It was a wonderful night. It was filled with love and happiness, and everyone seemed to have a really good time. No one seemed to miss any of the usual traditions, no one scoffed at my wedding dress, everyone loved the kids singing.