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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.

Teen Actress Julia Sarah Stone of AMC's The Killing Talks About Her Supersticious Parents and Kissing a Girl

Ilana Rapp | Posted 09.29.2013 | TV
Ilana Rapp

Psychology and acting go perfect together for actress Julia Sarah Stone. What better way to totally understand a character? In real life, Julia and her dad always battle it out as to who gets to read the subscription Psychology Today. Julia always wins.

Three Disturbing Trends That Can Land Your Teen in the ER... Or Worse

Leigh Vinocur, M.D. | Posted 09.24.2013 | Parents
Leigh Vinocur, M.D.

Sometimes I have to ask myself on an ER shift where do they come up with this stuff! The longer I practice the more crazy things I see, and now that I have a 16-year-old I find myself discussing things I never thought I would have to, let alone to a teenager, such as "don't drink hand sanitizers!"

'I Don't Want to Go:' When Your Teen Wants Out of Your Summer Family Vacation

Carleton Kendrick | Posted 09.16.2013 | Parents
Carleton Kendrick

Although teens usually send out some preliminary signals of not wanting to accompany the family on its vacation, we are usually caught off guard when our child actually utters the words "I don't want to go."

Building Bridges With Middle East Friends

Andy Braner | Posted 09.14.2013 | Impact
Andy Braner

Yesterday was the first day at our summer camp that includes American and Middle Eastern teenagers. We have 120 students at KIVU right now, and they are learning how to share culture, reason, and background with each other in a peaceful environment.

AMAZING! Boy Survives 100 Foot Fall Without Injury

Posted 07.12.2013 | Good News

A 14-year-old Alabama boy is alive -- and largely unscathed -- after falling 100 feet from a ledge Wednesday evening. The teen was hiking with a gr...

Taking Texas-Sized Steps to End Teen Pregnancy

Pamela Barnes | Posted 09.11.2013 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

Texas has the fourth highest teenage pregnancy rate in the United States. Despite these growing numbers, public schools in Texas teach an abstinence-only curriculum, leaving teens without the sexual and reproductive health information they desperately need.

Looking for Rock Hudson

Joe Hutcheson | Posted 09.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Hutcheson

When I was about 11, I overheard someone tell a joke at a party. It was about someone pushing Rock Hudson off the Golden Gate Bridge because they wanted to see a fruit fly. I didn't get it. I probably wasn't supposed to hear it anyway.

Where a Teenager Finds Identity

Andy Braner | Posted 09.07.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

With the new revelation that university student loans are on the rise, it's ever more important we find the gifts our kids have naturally and encourage those gifts in environments they can succeed.

Lonely Inside the World of Technology

Andy Braner | Posted 09.04.2013 | Technology
Andy Braner

In a world where parents, mentors, and student leaders are trying to keep up with the latest technology, there's a place where we can lock arms to develop a balanced view of relationship.