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Teachable Moments

Emily K. Genser | Posted 04.21.2015 | Education
Emily K. Genser

Today, I was out of patience. All day, while teaching, my mind was on my son. I did that horrible thing that we sometimes have to do, and sent him to daycare even though he should have been home sick.

12 Life Lessons I Wish I Knew At 16

Rebecca Grainger | Posted 04.21.2015 | Women
Rebecca Grainger

When I was 16, I didn't have a clue about what I wanted to do as a "job" or really what a "career" was. I was more worried about boys, boobs (which I lacked at the time) and getting through school. If I knew then what I know now, I might have relaxed and enjoyed the journey more.

Why Girls Gossip

Lauren Galley | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Lauren Galley

The power of a face-to-face conversation, learning what drives us, and the ability to visualize body language empowers us to be tolerant, inclusive and empower each other.

Why Teens Become Terrorists and What Schools Can Do

Alan Singer | Posted 04.19.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

The West has to find a way to copy and compete with groups like ISIS. It will not be through Common Core. The best way to establish a sense of membership and a sense of purpose for young people is by promoting civic activism, in schools, in communities, in municipalities, and in the broader society.

High School Takes On Week-Long 'Survivor' Competition

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 02.16.2015 | Teen

"Survivor" may be in its 30th season, but a high school just put a whole new spin on it. On Jan. 29, Oregon City High School kicked off its own ve...

Rehab Camp -- It's Not What You Think (It's MUCH Better)

Debra Fine | Posted 03.29.2015 | Business
Debra Fine

I, like many parents of middle-schoolers, sent my kids to camp. Each time, seeing them off left me with mixed emotions. Euphoria was the big one (sor...

7 Ways for Parents to Stay Calm, Cool and Connected

Tara Cousineau, PhD | Posted 04.14.2015 | Parents
Tara Cousineau, PhD

Yes, there is a mound of research that shows that emotional support, resilience skills, healthy lifestyle habits, mindfulness and stress management techniques work; not only that, these skills can positively influence the mind-body connection in ways we didn't imagine before.

3 Sisters Open Up About Growing Up With A Mom Who Drinks

Posted 02.23.2015 | Dr. Phil

"My mom is an alcoholic, and it's really gotten out of hand. My mom drinks every day, all day ... I would definitely classify my mom as a hostile or m...

Should You Force Your Teen to Learn to Drive?

Judy Mollen Walters | Posted 04.12.2015 | Parents
Judy Mollen Walters

Driving is one of the major milestones of growing up; it signals independence and adulthood and moving away. Even with a healthy dose of fear, we, as parents, should embrace this time and we should encourage our kids to embrace it, too.

How I Really Feel About My Chinese Heritage As An Adoptee

Mei Webb | Posted 04.08.2015 | Teen
Mei Webb

Growing up, with Western parents and living in a fairly Western society, has made me feel rather 'Western.' However, my mother thought that it was still important for me to stay connected to my 'roots.'

The Secret Life of a Teenage Caregiver

Michelle Hanson | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Michelle Hanson

I hated the anger I felt towards him, hated the way I treated him in his moments of weakness. I hated the doctors that gave him the opiates that eventually took over his life, and I hated the disease that robbed me of the father that had taught me to play baseball and make the best ice cream sundaes in the world.

Dear Little Sister

Liz Kaydanovsky | Posted 04.07.2015 | College
Liz Kaydanovsky

As if your AP books aren't heavy enough, I see all these weighing on you. And somehow, you manage to carry on, but who's carrying you?

How the Dynamics Change When Your Teen Gets Her Driver's License

Judy Mollen Walters | Posted 04.06.2015 | Parents
Judy Mollen Walters

I like getting to talk to my daughter, and the car is one of the best places. There's little or no eye contact, so we can talk about lots of things we might not otherwise talk about.

10 Most Annoying Things Adults Say To Teens About Love

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 02.04.2015 | Teen

It's pretty much inevitable that, at some point during your teen years, you'll be rejected or dumped or even heart broken. And when that happens, it's...

Teens Fight for Better Global Education Opportunities

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Students are calling on world leaders to put policies in place to eradicate hunger, violence against women and children, and poverty in order to make the world a better place by 2030. This global group of students recently made their case to the U.S. State Department, calling for everything from clean drinking water to better educational opportunities for children across the globe.

Video and the Tabletop: How Millennials Play the Game

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 04.05.2015 | Technology
Jonha Revesencio

Game makers will continue to adapt to the new marketplace, the millennial experience will continue to drive changes in how people play and the value of social engagement will help to make these changes rapidly.

The Power of Personal Storytelling

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 04.05.2015 | Parents
Mitch Ditkoff

I was not probing. I was not teaching. I was not "looking for an opening" to establish more rapport. I was merely recounting a story that mattered to me -- one, it turns out, that mattered to her.

Why You Can't Fix Your Pre-Teen's Social Angst

Zanthe Taylor | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Zanthe Taylor

Middle school is a treacherous time for kids, but I didn't anticipate how tough it would be for a parent. I didn't expect to relive that time again so painfully as a mother, nor did I anticipate that the parental remove can bring not only perspective, but also extra heartache.

Touching a Diverse Audience: A Conversation With Author Sharon G. Flake

Amanda Gorman | Posted 04.01.2015 | Teen
Amanda Gorman

In the 6th grade I was inspired to overcome insecurities about my dark skin because of Sharon G. Flake's 1998 debut novel, The Skin I'm In. The story changed my life and is one of my favorites to this day.

Vine Fame and Preferred Pronouns

Jeffrey Marsh | Posted 03.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey Marsh

Most of us who are over 20 grew up with strict rules, with ideas about the "right" way to be a man or woman. Kids don't see it this way! At least not the kids I talk to... and that is truly amazing.

The 3rd Option: How Parents Can Respond to In-Between Behaviors (Part 2)

Dr. Tim Cavell | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Dr. Tim Cavell

The third option is a statement that combines parent's observations of what children are doing with a reminder of what the family values or believes. Also critical to using the third option is letting children decide whether their behavior should change following feedback from parents.

The Demise of the Summer Job

Janet Eve Josselyn | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Janet Eve Josselyn

From what I've learned, these expensive unpaid internships afford students an opportunity to meet new people, make new friends and acquire new skill sets. Like a job at a fast food restaurant wouldn't also provide those things, along with a paycheck.

What Would Steve Jobs Do?

Lola Reed | Posted 03.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Lola Reed

If we're frustrated with not getting our kids' full attention -- much less eye contact from them -- we need to own up to what we're modeling with our loved ones and seriously reconsider just how short our leads are to our screen of choice.

Two Traditions: A Multitude of Symbols

KidSpirit | Posted 03.29.2015 | Religion
KidSpirit

Aside from the rich cultural heritage, there are priceless pearls of wisdom that continue to be passed down through the generations, even today. These heirlooms have grown to be an important part of our lives.

Menopause and Driver's Training Don't Mix

Stephanie D. Lewis | Posted 03.29.2015 | Fifty
Stephanie D. Lewis

I was thinking of skipping the Driving-Right-of-Passage thing completely and just sending her to college in NYC, hoping she'd eventually get married and settle down blissfully on the subway system.