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How an Awkward Middle Kid and a Super Blood Moon Changed My Outlook

Rachel Pross | Posted 09.29.2015 | Parents
Rachel Pross

All of this time we spend worrying about meaningless things could be spent cherishing the fleeting moments that we have on this tiny planet with our loved ones. How many families stood outside that night staring at the moon together?

My Teen Doesn't Even Like the Way I Breathe

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 09.25.2015 | Parents
Irene Rubaum-Keller

With the understanding that this too shall pass, if your teen is just venting angst, than it's OK to just laugh it off and let them vent. Remember, they feel safest with you to express their innermost feelings.

What to Tweet Your Teen Self

Tommy Campbell | Posted 09.24.2015 | Comedy
Tommy Campbell

I got to thinking about myself as a teenager, and I thought it would be interesting to see how others felt, so I wrote the original hashtag #TweetAtYourTeenSelf. There were thousands of sincere, intelligent and hilarious responses. Here's a few that I really enjoyed.

No Coasting With a Fixie... Ever

Claire Wapole | Posted 09.24.2015 | Chicago
Claire Wapole

My 14-year-old son spent the summer biking all over Chicago on a "fixie". I spent the summer dreading a phone call from an ER. Fixies have a devoted following among teen-age boys. They are the cool, hip bikes to own.

'Tune In' to Tumultuous Teenage Gossip

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.24.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Gossip is communication. If your teenager off-handedly tells you a remnant of something going on, tune in!

Why All Mothers Should Be Sex Positive

Gracie X | Posted 09.22.2015 | Parents
Gracie X

Educating my children on sex, love and relationships is a crucial part of what I consider good parenting. It's right up there with keeping them out of danger, teaching them to respect the environment, and making them responsible for their own actions.

How to Figure Out Who You Are

Alicia Nunn | Posted 09.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Alicia Nunn

If you Google searched who am I?, what would come up? The search for identity is part of our human struggle. As children our parents show us who we...

Godzilla and Grandma: Where the Night Winds Take You

Paola K Amaras | Posted 09.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paola K Amaras

Taking a walk late at night has a wonderful effect on me -- on my sleep, my dreams, and my creativity. A couple of weeks ago, I walked home from our l...

The Numbers Game: The Modern Model of Success

Megan LeGresley | Posted 09.14.2015 | College
Megan LeGresley

Success and worth cannot be quantified. We are more than a number. But we are all still trapped in the numbers game.

When the Second Child Leaves Home (for the First Time)

Elaine Taylor-Klaus | Posted 09.14.2015 | Parents
Elaine Taylor-Klaus

My second child is heading off to a gap year program in a matter of days, and last night, (let's be serious -- in the wee hours of this morning), I cried. Not just cried. Boo-hooed. Sobbed. Wept. Lost it. Shed a river of tears.

Is Hating High School Inevitable?

Jacqueline Dooley | Posted 09.13.2015 | Parents
Jacqueline Dooley

I hated high school. Just like my daughter, I was shy, self-critical, approval-seeking and incredibly sensitive. She has all of these qualities, and on top of that, she's battling nausea, extreme fatigue and stomach pain due to her oral chemotherapy medication and her anti-rejection medication.

The Slamming of the Teenage Door

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 09.11.2015 | Parents
Irene Rubaum-Keller

If you are suffering the slings and arrows of teen angst, I'm sorry. It's what they need to do to form their own identity and separate from us in a healthy way. Having gone through it as a teen does not, I repeat, does not, make it easier to parent one.

Putting the Safety Net Under the Kids Instead of Over Them

Jane Adams Ph.D. | Posted 09.10.2015 | Impact
Jane Adams Ph.D.

There is no perfect mother, just the mother we wish we'd had, the one we wish we'd been, the one we can never be. However perfectly we may be attuned in infancy -- theirs and ours -- separation is inevitable, because without it growth is impossible.

Steve McQueen and That Song

Sandy Thomas | Posted 09.10.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

Thank you dear friend, for helping me get this show right. It was such a luxury to get exactly what I wanted, instead of skipping the braces because of the expense. Every time I used them, it added to the specificity of Patty, making her real to me, and real to the audience.

10 Tech Truths From Parents That Teens Need to Hear

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 09.09.2015 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

You can come to me. I can handle it. I will help you. Even if I'm unsure, I will still help you. Even if I have feelings of anger or sadness or uncertainty, we can figure it out. We are stronger together. I understand.

How to Find Your Center When Sh*t Hits the Fan

Sage B. Hobbs | Posted 09.08.2015 | Parents
Sage B. Hobbs

When we bought our house as a young couple about to get married, we pulled up to find adorable, four-year-old twins happily playing on our front step. Over time, a path was worn between our homes.

Sick Kid Demands That He Go to School, and Other Stories of Teenagers Gone Wild

Christopher Lamb | Posted 09.07.2015 | Parents
Christopher Lamb

It's one thing that we have to pick up after them, remind them to do their chores, tell them to put away their iPods when they have homework, and buy them shoes every six weeks; now we have to be their frontal lobes, too.

Feminist Masterpiece on Teen Survival

Kimberly Dark | Posted 09.03.2015 | Books
Kimberly Dark

It's not that you want to save Taylor; you know you can't. By the end of page two, Debra Busman has established a child character as complex and compelling as any adult.

Straight Educators for LGBT Students (#SE4LGBTS)

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 09.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Ferroni

We can no longer be quiet on matters that involve the well-being of our students. Which is why we must openly support the LGBT cause in our classrooms, because it will save lives. I am asking -- pleading for my fellow educators [especially straight educators] to no longer be a silent supporter in this matter.

What I've Learned

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 09.02.2015 | Parents
Maggie Lamond Simone

As I watch them navigate these years, I remember every single emotion each of my children is feeling at any given moment, because I felt every single one when I was their age. And I wish to God I could make it easier for them with what I've learned since.

Becoming Fearless: A Conversation With A Girl Undone Author Catherine Linka

Devra Maza | Posted 09.11.2015 | Books
Devra Maza

Catherine Linka knows books. So it shouldn't have surprised her when, before her award-winning debut novel A Girl Called Fearless was even published, she was asked to write a sequel.

Do Parents Know What's on Their Teenager's Mind?

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.31.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

There's a lot of drama in a teenager's life that can build or lower self-esteem on a dime. These teens are vulnerable as they struggle to find their sense of belonging. If they act in unexpected ways or seem difficult to be around, it's essential for us as parents to recognize what may be churning in their minds.

Teens Trapped by Coercive Control

Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD | Posted 08.28.2015 | Women
Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD

Sometimes teen romance can be downright dangerous. Early relationships can be traps for young people, spoiling months or years of their lives and setting the pattern for future coupling.

Four-Year College Isn't the Only Road

Amy Fortney Parks | Posted 08.27.2015 | Parents
Amy Fortney Parks

He is taking a different route -- I am so grateful that he is still on the road, honestly. He is going to community college this fall. Maybe he'll transfer one day -- maybe he'll go to work -- or move to India.

Loneliness: The Sound of Silence

Risa Garon | Posted 08.26.2015 | Divorce
Risa Garon

Divorce and other family transitions don't have to define youth and adults; these transitions can be integrated in to everyone's life moving forward but key factors are needed to make this happen.