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'My 16-Year-Old Daughter Won't Stay Off Drugs'

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 05.23.2016 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

From this piece of information as well as your description of how she's acting at the treatment centers, it sounds like there is more going on with your daughter than drug abuse and dependence.

Stop Telling Me I'm 'So Lucky' To Have Been Adopted

Mei Webb | Posted 05.20.2016 | Women
Mei Webb

As a 19-something-year-old adoptee living in a Western society, I've often been thrown the phrase, "you're so lucky!" after telling someone I'm adopted.

What Your Teenager Who Won't Talk to You Wants You to Know

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 05.19.2016 | Parents
Mark Goulston, M.D.

This is the first in the "What Your ... Wants You to Know" series of Conversation Catalysts created to help stimulate you having positive and long overdue conversations.

5 Ways You May Be Damaging Your Kid's Reputation

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 05.18.2016 | Parents
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

There are many ways teens can damage their own reputations without our help. After all, their frontal lobes aren't even fully developed, so they are ...

Sackcloth, Ashes and High School Graduation

Laura A Boggs | Posted 05.18.2016 | Parents
Laura A Boggs

Maybe I'm overdoing -- one is heading to university only 35 minutes from home, the other will be two hours away. We'll visit, call, text. There won't be an ocean between us. How on earth did Ellis Islanders manage?

Parents: You Can Play An Important Role in Keeping Your Teen Drivers Safe. Really!

Kate Carr | Posted 05.16.2016 | Parents
Kate Carr

Learning to drive is an exciting time for a teenager, and a stressful one for any and all parents. A driver's license brings freedom and a new level o...

Giving Teenagers Weapons is NEVER a Solution

Abby Norman | Posted 05.13.2016 | Education
Abby Norman

A few days ago, a story came across my news feed that I was sure was not true. Apparently, a school district in North Carolina has changed their handbook so that high schoolers are allowed to carry pepper spray with them to school.

Being Little Badasses Again

Lexi Herrick | Posted 05.13.2016 | Women
Lexi Herrick

As women, we aren't born feeling the same pressures that often plague our young adult and adult lives. We didn't inherently feel guilty for ordering cheese fries over a side-salad or for being ruthlessly stubborn about what we want and believe in. We wore our tangly hair proudly down our backs and knees skinned up from way too many adventures.

Slasher Movies, Catholic Guilt And Friday The 13th

Tom Cramer | Posted 05.13.2016 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

On May 9, 1980, the movie 'Friday the 13th' was released. I was 15-years-old, and you had to be 17 to get into an R-rated film.

How Saying Yes Changes Everything

Todd Kestin | Posted 05.13.2016 | Parents
Todd Kestin

No is not always the answer. In fact, saying No at the wrong times can shut down a teen faster than an eighth-grade romance gone bad or a cell phone battery on its last leg.

The Unique Challenges for Teenagers on the Autism Spectrum

Lauren Rabin | Posted 05.11.2016 | Parents
Lauren Rabin

When children become adolescents, they pose new challenges for parents and providers. Providers must develop unique tools for difficult - and sometime...

CrossFit for High Schoolers

Kevin R. Stone, M.D. | Posted 05.10.2016 | Sports
Kevin R. Stone, M.D.

"To be a high school recruit in any major sport, you have to play that sport year round." This statement has been the dogma (and often the reality) for many youthful athletes during the past 20 years.

Prince's Death Is an Opportunity to Talk to Our Kids About the Dangers of Prescription Drug Abuse

Marjorie Clifton | Posted 05.09.2016 | Parents
Marjorie Clifton

Most parents are unaware of both how common prescription medicine abuse has become in high schools across America, and how easy it is for young people to acquire pills in their own homes and classrooms.

My Kid Eats Off of the Floor and I'm Okay With That

Tamara Grant | Posted 05.10.2016 | Parents
Tamara Grant

I'm totally okay if my child eats off of the floor. I don't believe in breaking that natural and unbridled spirit that a child is born with. My daughter is something special, even if she prefers that I serve her meals while she's sitting on the floor.

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.