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9 Reasons Parenthood Doesn't Get Any Easier

Grown And Flown | Posted 06.15.2013 | Parents
Grown And Flown

Sure, your little kids may not have slept, may have barfed in your hair and thrown tantrums in the grocery store, but teens still throw up, only now it is a much bigger worry, and good luck picking them up and putting them in their rooms when you want to change their behavior.

Dr. Bill Dorfman: He Who Does the Giving, Receives the Greatest Gift

Getrude Matshe | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact
Getrude Matshe

Not only does Dr. Dorfman bring smiles to his Hollywood clientele, he also helps women in the community who are victims of domestic violence. Restoring their smiles gives them confidence to go back to work.

Is Big Media Slowly Killing Our Children?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 06.12.2013 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Children have no chance against this tsunami of unhealthy messages that drowns them in a torrent of poor eating and obesity. While your children are immersed in media, playing video games or surfing the web, they are being sedentary instead of physically active.

New Study Reveals How Teens Are Using Social Media

Craig Kanalley | Posted 06.11.2013 | Technology
Craig Kanalley

Facebook is number one, but its popularity is shrinking, according to a new study on teenagers' use of social media. This is more evidence of a "teenager problem" that Facebook seems to be battling.

AAR: Prevention Education Points for Parents and Kids by Susie Spain

Susie Spain | Posted 06.09.2013 | Impact
Susie Spain

As a community the issue of drug and alcohol use and abuse in teenagers and families is an epidemic crisis. We know that early education, prevention, intervention and treatment can change families' futures forever. Our mission is to raise this awareness.

What 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' Taught My Autistic Son

Priscilla Gilman | Posted 06.09.2013 | Parents
Priscilla Gilman

As I drove Benj to his school, I thought about the poignancy of showing this particular movie to a group of children who struggle with making and sustaining peer relationships, telling and understanding jokes, coloring outside the lines -- all the things Ferris Bueller does so effortlessly.

It's Time to Make Sex Education Mandatory in Our Nation's Schools

Steve Siebold | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Steve Siebold

I'm not encouraging teenagers to go out and have sex, but critical thinking says as sure as the sun will rise in the east, teenagers are going to have sex. So rather than fight the inevitable, why not do everything we can to make sure they are having safe sex?

What My Students Think About....

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 06.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Ferroni

I decided to not only empower my students, but give them a forum where they can freely, and without judgment, share their thoughts, views and opinions on the topics that are current and being discussed in the mainstream media.

What A Mom Really Does When She's Home Alone

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 06.08.2013 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

By the time you read this blog post, my family will have gone away and left me home alone for the weekend, then returned -- presumably with tales to tell. Borrowing two expressions frequently heard from the teenagers who visit my house on a regular basis: It feels totally weird and makes me want to LOL.

Walking The Parenting Tightrope

Jennifer Cullen | Posted 06.05.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Cullen

Luckily, the more I walk on the parenting tightrope, the more confident I am that I'll be able to stay centered. It's not like I have a choice. There's no way I'm going to fall and fail my daughter. I am her rock, her home base, her safety. I am her mother.

A Future Stuck in the Pipeline

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.04.2013 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

The time has come to declare an end to this entire era -- of militarized racism, violent solutions to everything. Ending violence in our communities is a realistic focal point and immediately draws our attention to our bedeviled, militarized public education system.

Learning the Landscape of Parenthood

Andy Braner | Posted 06.03.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

Hey, let's be honest, There's no manual for raising teenagers. Sure, there's plenty of parenting books on the shelf at Barnes and Noble, but what happens when your kid decides not to follow the linear timeline your particular parenting favorite outlines?

7 Things You Should Never Say To Your Teenager

Shelley Emling | Posted 06.01.2013 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

There's a certain question that's guaranteed to get you a one-word answer like "good" or "fine."

Fighting Teen Pregnancy With Peer Influence

Catherine M. Abate | Posted 05.31.2013 | New York
Catherine M. Abate

To effectively encourage teens to make the right decisions about sex, their relationships, and their health, we need to expand our strategies to include more teen-to-teen education.

PHOTO: How Teen Girls Had Fun In 1921

Posted 03.30.2013 | Women

We're all daydreaming of warmer weather. Sitting outside! Eating lunch in the sun! Bringing back bathing suits! So when we came across this picture...

Ending Violence in a Decade

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.28.2013 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

Yes, now is the time to choose our future, so let us choose one that transcends the insanity and sheer stupidity of violent behavior. This requires personal empowerment. It also requires collective empowerment.

Tweet, Text, or Talk? Decisions for a New Way of Living

Andy Braner | Posted 05.27.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

I'm finding more and more teenagers don't have "hang out places" anymore, they've found their tribe of friends on social media and smart phones. Looking someone in the eye is a foreign concept for a new generation of emerging adults.

My First Love Was a Sexual Predator

Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D. | Posted 05.18.2013 | Crime
Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D.

I noticed him leaning up against the door jamb as I entered the kitchen. He was tall, wore a white t-shirt and Levis and had his left ear pierced. He told me it was his 29th birthday. After a guessing game of how old I was, I revealed that I was 13.

What Marissa Mayer and Shia LaBeouf Can Teach Parents

Annabelle Gurwitch | Posted 05.15.2013 | Parents
Annabelle Gurwitch

As my teenage son has told me, he too is relying on telecommuting to realize his current goal in life. He gets lonely in his home office, aka his smelly sock-strewn bedroom as well.

Victor Rivers Connects

Dennis Danziger | Posted 05.15.2013 | Impact
Dennis Danziger

In this age of obsessive testing, it's clear to me that students sometimes need to get out of their classrooms in order to learn something that can't be graded but might just stick, something that will make a difference in the world we are creating together.

The Mind Games of Mothering a Teenage Daughter

Mara Shapiro | Posted 05.14.2013 | Parents
Mara Shapiro

When you have a baby, you imagine it gets easier as they get older. That by the time they are nearly 19, they won't have the ability to make you doubt yourself. But today I had a day where it was hard to remember the good parenting moments.

The TED of All Things

Michael K. Powell | Posted 05.13.2013 | Technology
Michael K. Powell

Our generation may have invented the Internet, but we're merely stewards of its possibilities. Until a generation that knows no different takes the reigns and shows us the true power of what we've created, its full potential will be unknown.

Spring Break Woes: My Kid is Too Old for Camp

Quia Querisma | Posted 05.12.2013 | Parents
Quia Querisma

I miss the days when I could send them to camps to occupy their little minds and bodies all day. They've since aged out of camps and now they're home all day, vegging out on school breaks. What exactly does one do with big kids on spring break? Allow me to share my theories:

Chicago Play Features Real Stories Of Youth Violence

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.11.2013 | Chicago
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: Steppenwolf Theater (Left to right: Pastor Brooks (Mark Smith) comforts a grieving mother (Celeste Williams) and her son (Charles Gardn...

What If Daylight Savings Actually Meant Saving Time?

Janie Emaus | Posted 05.07.2013 | Fifty
Janie Emaus

One minute you're walking down the aisle wearing a silk gown for a big ceremony, and the next you're being wheeled down the corridor wearing a paper gown for a colonoscopy.