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LOOK: Groomsmen Prove Awkwardness Doesn't Go Away After High School

The Huffington Post | Erin Migdol | Posted 05.03.2013 | Weddings

Your prom pictures aren't the first thing you'd think of as inspiration for your wedding photos, but that was the case for groom Austin White, who tie...

My 13-Year-Old and I Are Both in Hormone Hell!

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 06.30.2013 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Your daughter's moods will even out, your hormones will stabilize and you will get through this rough patch.

Looking for David Addison

Claudia Zelevansky | Posted 06.30.2013 | TV
Claudia Zelevansky

David Addison was my most serious boyfriend of the fantasy variety. I had a warm-up flirtation with a few others -- namely Remington Steel, whom my mother loved and who was exceptionally handsome. I liked Alex P. Keaton, in all his sweet contrarian nature.

Creating a Vision Through Her Lens

Catherine Okafor | Posted 06.28.2013 | Impact
Catherine Okafor

With help from her best friends Sylva Raskin and Laney Rupp, Tani Ikeda, co-founded ImMEDIAte Justice, a summer workshop and community outreach program for girls devoted to revolutionizing sex education through filmmaking.

What Really Happens When Your Child Turns 18

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 06.29.2013 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

Kids don't come with instructions, yet we figure out pretty quickly how to nurture, teach, and protect them. I just didn't expect that we had only 17 years and 364 days to accomplish everything we set out to do, before the start of a whole new ballgame.

Things I Can't Tell My Daughter

Danielle Herzog | Posted 06.25.2013 | Parents
Danielle Herzog

My 4-year-old daughter thinks I'm perfect. I can say with certainty that she is the only human being on this entire earth that thinks that.

What to Expect During Your Teen's Senior Year of High School

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 06.25.2013 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Senior year of high school is a mixed bag. It's not Santa's gift bag, but is instead a bag full of emotional joys, disappointments, separations and boredom. Yes, boredom.

Helping Your Teen Make Safe, Smart Decisions on Prom Night

Carleton Kendrick | Posted 06.22.2013 | Parents
Carleton Kendrick

For parents, the primary prom-related concerns aren't financial. Our biggest prom worries are the risky behaviors associated with proms, most specifically driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and unsafe sex.

Empowering Change for Adolescents around the World

Pamela Barnes | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

Recently, I toured a health clinic in India and met a girl named Anju. Anju's family is poor. They live far away in a remote village that has no running water or health care. Although Anju is only 14, her parents expect her to marry and start having children soon.

Connecting Disconnected Teenagers: Helping Kids Feel the World

Mara Shapiro | Posted 06.17.2013 | Parents
Mara Shapiro

I'm starting to feel like these kids are immune or maybe even hardened to what seems to be evolving into a horrible, cold, cruel world. Do they not care? Or are they simply blasé, as one of my best friends describes her children?

The American Dream 'Revised'

Andy Braner | Posted 06.16.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

What if the American Dream had little to do with what "we" wanted, and more to do with who "they" are? I'm a firm believer that every student has been given an ability, a desire, a gift even, where they are made to be something.

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.