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Teen Besties Beat Childhood Disease, Start Company That Gives Back

Hilal Isler | Posted 04.11.2016 | Impact
Hilal Isler

We were diagnosed with chronic illnesses a year apart; best friends devastated by diabetes and cancer at a very young age. Our respective time in the hospital had a lasting impact on both of us.

How to Respond When Your Teen Wants Space

Lisa Firestone | Posted 04.07.2016 | Parents
Lisa Firestone

Adolescents and teens have a natural tendency to want to separate from their parents and seek psychological autonomy. No matter how great a parent you've been, at some point, your teenager will pull away from you. The good news is that this is totally natural.

10 Tips for Stress-Free Travel With Teenagers

James E. Porter | Posted 04.07.2016 | Travel
James E. Porter

In order to have a "stress-free" or more realistically, low stress vacation, you have to decide in advance what your objectives are. Are you trying to see historical sites and go to interesting places or are you trying to spend time relaxing and rejuvenating with your family?

I Suffer From Erythromelalgia, And It Feels Like I'm Burning Alive

Melissa Curley Bogner | Posted 04.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Melissa Curley Bogner

The pain feels and looks like a scorching fire inside the limbs. I'd jump up and down on one leg in a blazing desert while eating live crickets if a doctor said it would cure me.

Two 7th Graders at Talent Show Read Their Poem on Feminism, and Blow the Crowd Away

Cort Ruddy | Posted 04.06.2016 | Parents
Cort Ruddy

When you go to a middle school talent show, you expect a few things. You expect to hear some kids playing the piano. You expect a few aspiring soloist...

A Bridge to Sexual Assault Prevention: Helping Kids Build Healthy Relationships

Nancy C. Lee | Posted 04.06.2016 | Women
Nancy C. Lee

It's startling that in the United States, nearly one in five women has been raped, and about half of women have experienced other types of sexual assault. Almost half of the female rape victims are under the age of 18. That's why as parents, grandparents, teachers, and mentors, we must take steps to stop sexual assault.

Why Stay Angry?

Melissa Heisler | Posted 04.06.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Melissa Heisler

Notice when anger stays for longer than ninety seconds. What is the story you are replaying? What do you gain by replaying the story? How would your experience of life change if you let go of the story?

Not In Their House, Not in My House, Not In Any House: The Four Risks of Social Hosting

Dr. Karen Soren | Posted 04.05.2016 | Parents
Dr. Karen Soren

While many parents prohibit their teens from drinking at their friends' houses, I often hear about parents who are comfortable with their children dri...

I Was a Teen Mom!

Janella Panchamsingh | Posted 04.04.2016 | Women
Janella Panchamsingh

Many people look at me with a stunned look on their faces when I tell them I am a mother of 3 with my oldest child being 16 years old. The truth is... I was a teen mom!

Education, The Major Key to Change

Hariella Lawson | Posted 04.01.2016 | Teen
Hariella Lawson

Today, there are about 7 billion people living on this planet. Among these people, it is clear to say that no one is the same. Many individuals may pr...

Busy Mom Has No Problem Using Uber To Chauffeur Kid Around

Leslie Blanchard | Posted 04.01.2016 | Fifty
Leslie Blanchard

There's no question that parents raise their youngest kid differently from their oldest. Anyone who denies this truth is either lying to you or to themselves. And, without a doubt, the further apart your children are spaced, and the more kids you have -- the greater the disparity.

Kissing a Needlefish: My Son Turned 18 This Week

Jarid Manos | Posted 03.31.2016 | Black Voices
Jarid Manos

I've always wanted to meet a needlefish up close while swimming or diving. Streamlined and athletic, their bodies glow in silvery blue perfection. Long beaks, very sharp teeth. From a dock I've seen live ones a few times. That's it.

Emotions, Emotions, Emotions: Time to Experience Them for What They Are

Laura DiMinno | Posted 03.31.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Laura DiMinno

You see, emotions have gotten a bad rap for so long causing us to repress them. It's time to shift that perspective and to embrace the treasures that emotions are; energy in motion that needs to flow and wants to be free as much as you want to be free of them!

Motherhood Is a Season

Rachel Brehm | Posted 03.30.2016 | Fifty
Rachel Brehm

Motherhood is a season -- the good and the bad, the sweet moments sprinkled in with the hard days. It's raising babies, then kids, then teenagers, then adults -- each is an ever moving season, and I want to hang on so tightly to the one I'm in now.

Who Cares Where Your Kid Goes to College? (The Myth of the Golden Ticket)

Bryan Behar | Posted 03.29.2016 | Parents
Bryan Behar

You can get a top notch education anywhere. It simply depends on how much effort you are willing to put in.

Parenting an All-Star: Perspective From Mike Trout and His Mom

Todd Kestin | Posted 03.30.2016 | Parents
Todd Kestin

In my practice working with families and teens, I'm on a continual quest to find out what values best prepare teens to become healthy, well-adjusted adults.

The Myth of the Superhero Teacher

JP Fugler | Posted 03.28.2016 | Education
JP Fugler

Lawmakers want us to be magicians. Administrators want us to be superheroes. Parents want us to be them. Take it from this educator: teachers just want to be teachers, no cape required.

How I Wound Up Planning A Funeral Over Spring Break

Leslie Blanchard | Posted 03.28.2016 | Fifty
Leslie Blanchard

Today kicks off yet another Spring Break Week at our house. I admit, my husband and I take a sliver of pride in our reputation for providing our offspring zero amusement over Spring Break. But this year, our oldest son talked us into letting him fly down to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico with friends.

The #SleepRevolution Matters For Teens, Too

Sherina Harris | Posted 03.28.2016 | Teen
Sherina Harris

"Sleep is for the weak," my sister informed me as I rearranged the fluffy pillows by my head and pulled my eye mask over my forehead. No it's not, I c...

Why Are Some People More Popular Than Others?

Ombretta Di Dio | Posted 03.25.2016 | College
Ombretta Di Dio

I have never been popular. I have had my five minutes of fame on a couple occasions, such as that time the food on my tray rolled all over me in the cafeteria at summer camp and my face magically encountered the floor.

Will Many Of Our Kids Go To Space?

Pradeep Aradhya | Posted 03.24.2016 | Education
Pradeep Aradhya

The teens' rockets did not quite touch space but one of their satellites did go into orbit! The passion and knowledge being built up along with the imminent commercialization of space travel makes it seem inevitable that many of these kids will get past the stratosphere! If they are not rocket scientists already, they are going to get there soon enough and more than likely to space as well in their lifetime!

Is Prepping for the SAT Putting Your Children's Personal Information in the Wrong Hands?

Rob Sawicki | Posted 03.23.2016 | Technology
Rob Sawicki

How problematic is it that a service collects personal information from high school-aged students preparing for the SAT's is also owned by the company that uses personal information for dating sites? As a parent, I find the answer to this question quite troubling.

What To Do and Not Do With Your Teen During Divorce

Joshua Wayne | Posted 03.23.2016 | Divorce
Joshua Wayne

No marriage begins with the end goal in mind of getting a divorce. It's a painful and often devastating experience for all involved, and is particularly destabilizing for children. It's an experience that can provoke anger and anxiety as they struggle to understand something beyond their control that turns their lives upside down.

How You Can Raise an Activist Kid: A Teen's Perspective

Max Guinn | Posted 03.23.2016 | Green
Max Guinn

People often ask me how I became an activist, since I am only 15. At 10, I started an organization called Kids Eco Club, which has grown to over 100,...

What It's Like To Be A 13-Year-Old On Social Media Today

Nancy Jo Sales | Posted 03.22.2016 | Technology
Nancy Jo Sales

Is there sexism in the lives of American girls? I wasn't aware of just how much until I started talking to girls about their experiences online, which happened sort of by accident one night in Los Angeles in 2013.