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An Excellent Case for Eating Your Young

Jami J. Amerine M.Ed. | Posted 05.09.2016 | Parents
Jami J. Amerine M.Ed.

Here is the truth: I am not an awful mother. No, I am not the best mom ever, but I am not all bad. I have tried, and I tried hard. This is the truth, it is impossible to not fully embrace fault in the failures of your children.

Don't Call My Daughter A Moody Tween

Jeff Bogle | Posted 05.09.2016 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

We humans are moody a bunch, each and every one of us. Some more so than others, yes, but it's there inside us all as we experience sadness, melancholy, frustration, disappointment, hurt and, hopefully, some joy along the way. To be human is to experience a full range of moods from day to day, hour to hour, moment to moment depending on factors often out of our control.

The World's Longest Umbilical Cord: A Mother's Day Special

Michael Schulder | Posted 05.06.2016 | Parents
Michael Schulder

Dedicated mothers often wonder -- as do dedicated fathers -- how can I become a better parent? With that goal in mind -- for this Mother's Day -- I offer you the gift-wrapped parenting wisdom of Julie Lythcott-Haims and the story of the world's longest umbilical cord.

Watch Nyle DiMarco and Tyler Oakley Flirt in Sign Language to Destigmatize Disability and Reduce Bullying | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact

By Rex Leonowicz You may know Nyle DiMarco from America's Next Top Model, where he was the first-ever deaf contestant and winner of the show's 22nd s...

What Is Transgender? Beyond the Bathroom Debate | Posted 05.03.2016 | Parents

Making fun of a child for coming out as transgender, or any of the identities under the LGBT umbrella, is as nonsensical as ridiculing a child for their height or hair color.

Why 'Shadowhunters' Star Katherine McNamara and Her Puppy Are Barking Out Against Secondhand Smoke | Posted 05.03.2016 | Impact

By Rex Leonowicz Onscreen, as the star of Freeform's Shadowhunters, Katherine McNamara is a part-human, part-angel demon hunter. Offscreen, the 22-ye...

Finding My Inner Teen With The Help of GPS

Jen Mendelsohn | Posted 05.02.2016 | Parents
Jen Mendelsohn

So I give my dad a hug, kick the fluorescent metal road kill to the side with as much grace as one can muster, take away his snack and insist on GPS. You really cannot argue with technology and I'm hungry.

Four Chicagoland Camps for Teens on the Autism Spectrum this Summer

Lauren Rabin | Posted 05.02.2016 | Parents
Lauren Rabin

If you are a parent or professional in the autism community, you know that resources are popping up regularly for early learners and school age childr...

Hello Anxiety, My Old Friend

Ishan Patel | Posted 05.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Ishan Patel

We need to realize that sleep plays a huge role in our productivity, and is a major key to a successful future. I strongly encourage all of you to get a good night's sleep, otherwise sleep deprivation may just strip you of your sanity, and turn you into an anxious sociopath.

BLACK IS... Winner of Inaugural Harper Lee Memorial Award & Scholarship from Facing History

Facing History and Ourselves | Posted 04.28.2016 | Teen
Facing History and Ourselves

BLACK IS... - Diallo Thornton, Moore High School, Louisville KY Black is ... the color they see. Darkness is what they think of me. Find fear is the...

How to Parent Stubborn Children

Tre Harrington | Posted 04.27.2016 | Parents
Tre Harrington

The one thing that I am exceptionally good at is producing very head strong offspring. The one thing I really had to work at was learning to parent them.

Free-Range Parenting: The Unintended Consequences

Daniel Patterson | Posted 07.18.2016 | Parents
Daniel Patterson

I do not support the concept of free-range parenting as a parental strategy or approach. Free-range parenting exists when a child's needs are provided in-excess of typical freedoms and entitlements (in either scope or sequence), typically both.

The Detrimental Effects of an Early School Start Time for Students

Frano Katalinic | Posted 04.26.2016 | Teen
Frano Katalinic

Sean Gallop via Getty Images A majority of high school students across the United States do not receive a sufficient amount of sleep. A recent CD...

Why Inappropriate Isn't Appropriate

Dr. Logan Levkoff | Posted 04.20.2016 | Parents
Dr. Logan Levkoff

When you don't want to talk about a subject, you call that topic or question: "inappropriate." When you want to shut down what someone is thinking, feeling, or worrying about, you call it: "inappropriate." I hear the effects of this in classrooms daily.

How I Struggled as a Teen With Diabetes

Brittany Gilleland | Posted 04.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Brittany Gilleland

My teenage years were a struggle, to say the least. I was a typical teenager, combating hormones, stress from school, and lack of self-confidence. Then throw diabetes into the mix, and you have yourself a world full of trouble.

Teens Addicted to Social Media

Judith Johnson | Posted 04.15.2016 | Teen
Judith Johnson

I attended an interview with Nancy Jo Sales about her book American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers, at the 2016 Woodstock Write...

Simple Evolution

Lauren Derrett | Posted 04.14.2016 | Parents
Lauren Derrett

I've been having a really tough time with my eldest son lately. He wants to grow up, I don't know how to let him. I've never had an 18 year old son before and I'm as in the dark as much now as I was on that first day I brought him home from the hospital all full of newborn smell and innocence.

Foster Beans

Sandy Thomas | Posted 04.13.2016 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

For two days it lay on my kitchen counter. Two greenish plants with bare roots, and no soil, that were laying on a damp paper towel inside a plastic baggie.

The Day I Was Diagnosed With Type One Diabetes Changed My Life Forever

Brittany Gilleland | Posted 04.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Brittany Gilleland

With insulin, syringes, blood sugar meter, and snacks in hand. I left as this person I didn't even know yet. I didn't know the severity of the condition I was now diagnosed with. The day I was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes changed me forever.

The Only 940 Words Every Struggling Teenager Should Read Today

Kc Agu | Posted 04.13.2016 | Teen
Kc Agu

I've not always been confident. I've had days when I felt I could take on the whole world come what may and there have been days when I could barely ...

Help, my daughter wants to be a pop star...and other parenting worries!

Michelle Cove | Posted 04.13.2016 | Parents
Michelle Cove

Maybe your daughter seems obsessed with being the next Taylor Swift, Adele, or Rihanna. Perhaps this makes you nervous because she seems to have the c...

Why I'm Afraid to Have Children in Today's Digital Age

Lyndsay Cambridge | Posted 04.11.2016 | Parents
Lyndsay Cambridge

"So...when are you having children?" I must get this question once a week. Or twice a day over Christmas during visits to see the family. And I'm gu...

Timmy Being Timmy: A Day in the Life of an Aging Ballplayer

Tim Koechlin | Posted 04.11.2016 | Fifty
Tim Koechlin

I received an unexpected gift yesterday from a skinny kid named Devin - a trash-talking 15 year-old with a very good crossover. Devin has no idea. ...

To My 16 Year Old Self

Jon Vaughn | Posted 04.11.2016 | Parents
Jon Vaughn

As a 16-year-old high school student, my junior year, I transferred schools three times. It wasn't a performance issue, I was actually quite smart and...

Today's Proms Are As Elaborate And Costly As A Small Wedding

Leslie Blanchard | Posted 04.10.2016 | Fifty
Leslie Blanchard

Prom season is upon us. It's that time of year when mothers all over the country will go out and purchase dresses for their daughters that cost more than their own wedding gowns. Face it folks. These days, Prom feels like a small dry-run-practice-wedding you throw for your high schooler.