Some say the high school years are the best years in your life. I say that's a sad statement and you don't want to count your best years so young, but they can be pretty fun. And crazy. And hilarious. You'll learn so much about yourself, about friendship, about community, and about the world as a whole -- good, bad and confounding.
One of the simplest things we can do at any age to avoid overeating is to slow down so that there's time for our brains and stomachs to signal that we're full. Wolfing down our dinners in a pit stop mindset or mindlessly munching our way through our favorite show are doing us a disservice on so many levels.
You're not alone in feeling like you're walking through a treacherous jungle this time of year. When it comes to the college-application essays, many parents believe they're stepping forward onto firm ground, only to discover that they've landed themselves -- and their son or daughter -- in quicksand.
All kids dabble in stretching the truth or outright lying, and of course it's to their benefit to learn that lies have consequences. To be clear, all kids lie at one point or another. I know you may be thinking yours has never lied to you, but if so you're in La-la-land. Once you've come to grips with this truth keep reading.
The Odyssey Project, now in its fifth year, is using the arts to combat recidivism for juvenile offenders in a completely unprecedented way: by creating an arts-based "intervention" at that critical point near the end of a juvenile offender's teen years, when, like Odysseus, they have life choices to make that will indelibly determine their future's path.
Changing schools sounds simple, but it almost never is. Parents should carefully consider whether or not switching schools is the most appropriate option. Sometimes it may be best for parents to sacrifice or delay their own new opportunities in order to ensure stability for teens or adolescents, but that's not always possible or realistic.