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Why It's So Important To Listen To The Music Your Teens Love

Grown And Flown | Posted 01.29.2014 | Fifty
Grown And Flown

Our kids listen to their music in private, an activity hidden from us like the text messages and snapchats they send to friends over their smart phones.

The Case Against Monitoring Teens Online

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 01.29.2014 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Parents have nosed around in their kids' lives ever since the invention of the telephone, but these days, technology has taken the spying game to an entirely new level with multiple points of entry, from Facebook and Twitter to Instagram, Vine, and Tumblr.

Parents of Teenagers, Unite

Susan Borison | Posted 01.26.2014 | Parents
Susan Borison

Something about that period of shared vulnerability enabled the forming of a deep bond among new moms. But as our kids got older, people moved away, our kids preferred some kids over others and our lives got busier with the birth of other children. Gradually, we lost that connection. And that support.

Holiday Stress Can Amplify Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues

Jamison Monroe, Jr. | Posted 01.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Jamison Monroe, Jr.

In many respects, it is the most joyous time of year and should remain that way for your family. Still, the holidays serve as a perfect opportunity for parents to spend more time with their children and address alarming behaviors you may have missed during the year.

Could Something Be Wrong? My Son Spends All His Time in His Room

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

It is hard to admit that our child may be struggling; we want so much to think that they're happy and well. And sometimes we assume the worst when our child is just going through a rough patch. But if your instincts suggest something is wrong, I urge you to take steps to find out.

One Direction: Pour Some Midnight Memories on Me, Baba

Dana Elle Salzberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Dana Elle Salzberg

In a world where #ThrowbackThursdays and #FlashbackFridays dominate social media, I wonder, do teen girls -- who seem to live in a constant state of nostalgia -- get the clear '70s/'80s references?

Asking Teens About Their Dream Dates

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I was just blown away. Teen after teen described the ideal date as one during which they would go to dinner,the beach, picnics and even European vacations! Secretly, our teens are still romantics at heart even though they are growing up in a hook-up culture.

Scottoline's Accused Is Chock Full of Great Characters

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

She also has other things on her mind such as her love affair with Anthony Rotunno, one of the nicest guys to ever walk the earth. He loves her and she loves him, but she also loves the memory of her first husband.

5 Steps to Finding Your Girl Power

Lauren Galley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Lauren Galley

Teens no longer understand the term self-esteem. The Millennial generation focuses on the term validation. It's appalling to see tweens and teens using social media to feel good about themselves, and then you have the models in magazines, they're "fake.

What Every Teenager Needs: Cognitive Control Online

Daniel Goleman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Daniel Goleman

The persona who tweets or posts online may not be the one who would get the job. So why do people act on the Web in ways that they would regret in real life?

How Much Is Too Much Online Time?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Today's parents are navigating uncharted territory when it comes to figuring out appropriate guidelines for kids and digital media.

Why It Is Important To Remember LGBT Teenagers When You Donate to Holiday Toy Programs

Sue Kerr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

This is not easy. Most programs are about toys and toys are for younger kids. We would often receive items like portable CD players or handheld poker games for the older youth -- one of which was very outdated and the other very inappropriate.

Why My Daughter's Messy Room Says More About Me Than It Does About Her

Mary DiPalermo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Mary DiPalermo

I could tell myself it's our small NYC apartment that demands order. We can't afford to clutter. But that's not it. Her room has a door. I can close it. This is not a thoroughfare. And except for the occasional laundry drive-by, I'm not forced to face it. So why does her mess make me crazy?

Sexy? A High School Horror Story

Pamela Scully | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Pamela Scully

American popular culture encourages teenage girls to think that if they can make themselves attractive to young men, their high school years will be a blast. In fact, being considered attractive can become more akin to a gothic novel than a teenage romance.

Facebook Nation

Raquel Regalado | Posted 01.23.2014 | Miami
Raquel Regalado

Today, I ask you to consider how social media platforms are changing the way we interact. To consider the impact that constant access to thoughtless chatter is having on our society and what example our own constant use is setting for our children.

Free Speech? Free Bullying?

Rachel Busman, PsyD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Rachel Busman, PsyD

We hear more and more that schools have a "no tolerance" policy for things like bullying, and I believe that in some cases more action is being taken when kids experience it at school. But what about online?

How Pema Chodron Saved My Life

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Amos Kahn

Divorce, death, job loss, moving, it was a monumentally, ridiculously traumatic time. Life is bitter and life is sweet. It's painful and it's scary -- and it's the only way to know that we can fly.

It's Ok to Say No!

Lauren Galley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Style
Lauren Galley

Being a teenager in today's media driven society can magnify pressures that are not necessarily new to my generation but have made their way to the top of the list for tweens and teens of the Millennial generation.

With Danger Lurking Around Web, FB Leaves Teens' Privacy Doors Ajar

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Preetam Kaushik

Did Zuckerberg ever put himself in the place of millions of parents, single mothers, doting fathers, immediate or extended family, and decide whether changed Facebook privacy settings would be beneficial for teenagers in ANY manner?

How Did She Let Her Daughter Wear That?

Susan Borison | Posted 12.31.2013 | Parents
Susan Borison

Beyond the school dress code, I understood that our community had its own standard of dress. As moms, we quickly learned that standard. Standing around looking at prom pictures, we--the moms--judged. "How did that mother...?" Well, no one wants to be THAT mother.

A Warning to Hip Hop

Zondra Hughes | Posted 12.30.2013 | Chicago
Zondra Hughes

For example, if you happen upon your trusted fiancé embracing another, for an instant you may rationalize that the other person must be a relative, a friend, i.e., a non-threat to your relationship. It's too uncomfortable to consider the obvious.

Parenting Through the Teenage Years

Rebecca Perkins | Posted 12.30.2013 | Parents
Rebecca Perkins

I have worked hard at being a parent. I have strong values and have always stood by these. They don't come from any religious foundation, they are simply my life values and the ones I have taught my children. Your values will no doubt be different to mine. We are all different.

Duck Syndrome: How to Help Your Stressed-Out Teen

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Ryan Thomas Neace

So far as the tendency to be overinvolved and overwhelmed with school and social life, I don't suspect that teenagers today are fundamentally different than those from 10 or 20 years ago -- too much pressure on a foundation has always resulted in cracks. Yet, I suspect there are at least two cultural changes that do make teens today feel these pressures more acutely.

The School Girl Who Took on the Taliban

Natalie Pace | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Natalie Pace

By the grace of God, Malala survived, where many others have not. And she has emerged even more powerful, with a commitment to help girls worldwide to receive an education through

Teens Lack Empathy?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

We've been wondering for years why teens seem to be so self-centered and at times so insensitive to the thoughts and feelings of others. This is true of both teen boys and girls. Just consider all of the dreadful bullying that goes on during the teen years.