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He's Leaving For College

Lisa Katz | Posted 12.08.2015 | Parents
Lisa Katz

I am not sure where to begin. My life as a Mom flashed before my eyes as I watched my 6-foot-tall son walk across the stage to receive his high school diploma. Where did eighteen years go?

Watching a Novelist at Work

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 12.08.2015 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

I never thought about the writing process in terms of what it looks like. It's not pretty; at least not for me. Or exciting. For one, my clothes are shlumpy. I can't be productive when I'm dressed nicely. Secondly, it's very quiet (unless I'm editing--the bawling could get disorderly).

Frontline Challenges and Opportunities of Parenting a Teen

Rohini Ross | Posted 12.08.2015 | Parents
Rohini Ross

You might ask yourself, how relevant are spiritual principles when you get a call from your teenage daughter at 3 am on a Sunday morning, when you t...

12 Tips to Tame Tense Kids Applying to College

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 12.08.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Is your teen a junior or senior in high school choosing which colleges to apply to? Do they hear advice as pressure? Are they struggling with safe and reach schools, unsure where they belong? They want help but can hardly bear it because college talk just makes them tense.

Beautiful Mess

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 12.03.2015 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

Sometimes the stuff we need to hear from our children is muddled or falls to the floor, silent as snowflakes. Other times, those gems of communiqué are deafening, delivering messages that are both unfiltered and unapologetic. Still other times, the meat of the message is sandwiched in-between layers of fluff, artfully disguised as something unimportant.

Forget Mom Guilt, I've Got Mom Anxiety!

Ravishly | Posted 12.03.2015 | Parents

Just because I don't feel guilty doesn't mean I'm not freaking out. I am a mom, after all. Now, I'm staring down the barrel of new stages. While a part of me is excited, another part is freaking out. Can they and I handle this? There are so many things to worry about.

What Happened to Bullying?

David Michael Conner | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Michael Conner

Then she asked, "what happened to bullying, anyway? It used to be on the news every day. When did it stop being a concern?" Good question.

Why Binge Watching is to Blame for Kids Not Learning

The Conversation Africa | Posted 12.02.2015 | Education
The Conversation Africa

Craig Blewett, University of KwaZulu-Natal The Collins English Dictionary unveiled a thoroughly modern concept as its word of the year for 2015: bing...

What Disney Channel Taught Me

Jamie Gleklen | Posted 12.01.2015 | Teen
Jamie Gleklen

When I see seven year-olds under a captivated trance from their iPhones, my reaction tends to be a mixture of shock and disbelief. Entertainment for t...

Micro-Rejections Impact Children's Self Esteem

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 12.01.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

As parents, we often fail to consider the subtle messages we send our children. A sarcastic tone when we answer a question about what we're having for dinner can leave a child feeling diminished.

13 Tips For Parenting Your Teen

Elinor Robin, PhD | Posted 11.30.2015 | Parents
Elinor Robin, PhD

Don't be your child's friend. Your teen will have many friends in his lifetime, but only one mother and one father. If you are your child's friend today and tomorrow you try to set limits, you will become a traitor. So stay out of the friend category.

5 Things to Tell Your Teenager Before it's Too Late

Marilyn Harding | Posted 11.30.2015 | Parents
Marilyn Harding

Keeping the communication thread with your teenager resilient and firmly held by both ends is key to help your young adult navigate this big, often-confusing world. So before they get drawn into high-risk diversions, it's time to look your teen in the eye.

The Evolution of Emoji Language

Sherina Harris | Posted 11.29.2015 | Teen
Sherina Harris

I don't know if emojis will ever be deemed appropriate enough to use in a news article, but the thought alone is pretty cool. And what about for essays? No more changing "it's" to "it is" in an attempt to get your word count up: just add some emojis!

Danger Stranger, Limousine Driver: The Perils of Prom, Tolo and Homecoming Nights

Kerrie Houston Reightley | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Kerrie Houston Reightley

I've had many a (relatively) safe drives to-and-from the airport, via limousine services offered in far more diverse cities than my own; such as, New York, Istanbul, Mexico City, Tokyo, Prague, and, St. Petersburg (sorry Jakarta, I can't include you in this list). So, this isn't a limo/taxi-driver bashing story, because after all, they take their chances, too.

What My Stepdaughters Taught Me About Divorce

Lisa Dubino | Posted 11.24.2015 | Divorce
Lisa Dubino

Children have their own set of needs. Don't add yours to theirs. Stay focused on being the parent. It's all about them. You had your time pre-divorce. Once the papers are signed, start living your new life.

Make Thanksgiving a College-Free Zone

Scott Anderson | Posted 11.24.2015 | College
Scott Anderson

This week, as you gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, be mindful of the high school seniors seated at the table. Odds are they don't want to talk about their college applications any more than you want to talk about work.

American Students: Smartphone Experts Who Struggle in Reading and Math

Richard Freed | Posted 11.24.2015 | Education
Richard Freed

Is the dramatic increase in teen smartphone and entertainment tech use contributing to their academic struggles? It's not the only factor, but it's a critical one.

20 Ways Not to Talk to Your Teenage Daughter - Then How to Fix Things

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.21.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Teenage girls are sensitive to the way people in authority talk to them, especially their mothers. They are easily wounded, feel criticized, and vulnerable when they sense or get outright disapproval. However, mothers are only trying to shape them up to be young women and don't understand their sensitive narcissism.

J.R. Smith Allegedly Chokes Teenager After Kid Trash Talks Him

Reuters | Justin Block | Posted 11.20.2015 | Sports

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Talking With Your Teens

Wendy Adamson | Posted 11.20.2015 | Parents
Wendy Adamson

Raising a teenagers isn't easy, in fact, it's probably the hardest time for most parents. For me, it often felt as if I was throwing information over a large, brick wall. I didn't know if that information was landing by their feet, bopping them on the head or if they even noticed at all.

How "Catfish" Star Nev Schulman Is Using Emojis to Get Older Adults Connected This Thanksgiving | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact

Nev Schulman is the face of Grandparents Gone Wired, a campaign from and Mentor Up. This holiday season, Grandparents Gone Wired activates young people to teach their grandparents -- or other older adults -- how to text and how to use emojis.

Rough Day for Your Teen? Give Him a Smooth Finish with Parental Intelligence

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.20.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

When you understand his mind, then quite naturally solutions will emerge. You don't really know the overarching problem yet. The grades are just the behavior that is sending a message. It is your job to decipher that message. That's using Parental Intelligence.

Learning Languages Beyond the Classroom

Yii-Huei Phang | Posted 11.19.2015 | Teen
Yii-Huei Phang

There is no right or wrong way to learn a language, but there are many other ways to implement that aren't monotonous or arduous to improve your learning.

Why We Can't Afford To Ignore 'Stage 1' Psychosis

Chantel Garrett | Posted 11.18.2015 | Good News
Chantel Garrett

Twenty years later, a lot has changed for the nine million Americans like my brother who are living with serious brain health challenges, but not nearly enough.

3 Tips for Talking About Tragic Events With Kids

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

It is important in times like this to remember that individuals respond to grief and difficult circumstances in a variety of ways.