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My Biggest Fear About Meditating -- And How it Relates to Your SAT and ACT Prep

Erika Oppenheimer | Posted 10.07.2015 | Education
Erika Oppenheimer

When I first started meditating during my junior year of college, I didn't have many expectations, so I didn't see much of a downside. I was studying abroad in London at the time, and one of my classmates invited me to join her for a group meditation she attended regularly.

Michigan Lawmakers To Introduce 21 Bills Targeting Kids in Adult Corrections

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Michigan lawmakers are expected to introduce 21 bills this week that address prison treatment and criminal justice practices for kids i...

Runaway Teens At Large: Greenwich Commissioner Alan Barry's Answer

Katherine Du | Posted 10.05.2015 | Teen
Katherine Du

Teenage runaways fall into two categories: chronic and episodic. Chronic running away is a routine power ploy that could involve substance abuse, while episodic running away involves isolated incidents in which a humiliating event, such as a pregnancy or fear of parental disapproval, triggers a teenager to flee home.

Oh Boy, Scouts.

Tim Arnold | Posted 10.05.2015 | Arts
Tim Arnold

If I were to say I was active in the Boy Scouts of America into early high school, it would no doubt conjure up certain images. They'd be wrong. No matter what they are, the images you have would all be wrong.

Are You Ready for the Teen Transition?

Todd Kestin | Posted 10.05.2015 | Parents
Todd Kestin

From the moment they placed that bundle of joy and hope and love in your arms, you've been in control. You spoke, they listened. (At least that was the plan.) Now you have something else on your hands. Now you have a teenager.

Who's Right About School Shootings?

BJ Gallagher | Posted 10.02.2015 | Crime
BJ Gallagher

There once was a school/where people were always right./They knew they were right . . .and they were proud of it.

When a Lost Wallet Leads to Felony Arrest: Interview With Greenwich Police Sgt. Zuccerella

Katherine Du | Posted 10.01.2015 | Crime
Katherine Du

Fake IDs are a Class D Felony, states Sec. 53a-139 of the Connecticut Penal Code. Yet out of the 8720 arrests Greenwich Police Department has made in the past decade, only 247 individuals were charged with second or third degree forgery. Four juveniles out of the 247 were arrested for possession of fake licenses.

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.