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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.

Straight Educators for LGBT Students (#SE4LGBTS)

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nicholas Ferroni

We can no longer be quiet on matters that involve the well-being of our students. Which is why we must openly support the LGBT cause in our classrooms, because it will save lives. I am asking -- pleading for my fellow educators [especially straight educators] to no longer be a silent supporter in this matter.

What I've Learned

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 09.02.2015 | Parents
Maggie Lamond Simone

As I watch them navigate these years, I remember every single emotion each of my children is feeling at any given moment, because I felt every single one when I was their age. And I wish to God I could make it easier for them with what I've learned since.

Becoming Fearless: A Conversation With A Girl Undone Author Catherine Linka

Devra Maza | Posted 09.11.2015 | Books
Devra Maza

Catherine Linka knows books. So it shouldn't have surprised her when, before her award-winning debut novel A Girl Called Fearless was even published, she was asked to write a sequel.

Do Parents Know What's on Their Teenager's Mind?

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.31.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

There's a lot of drama in a teenager's life that can build or lower self-esteem on a dime. These teens are vulnerable as they struggle to find their sense of belonging. If they act in unexpected ways or seem difficult to be around, it's essential for us as parents to recognize what may be churning in their minds.

Teens Trapped by Coercive Control

Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD | Posted 08.28.2015 | Women
Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD

Sometimes teen romance can be downright dangerous. Early relationships can be traps for young people, spoiling months or years of their lives and setting the pattern for future coupling.

Four-Year College Isn't the Only Road

Amy Fortney Parks | Posted 08.27.2015 | Parents
Amy Fortney Parks

He is taking a different route -- I am so grateful that he is still on the road, honestly. He is going to community college this fall. Maybe he'll transfer one day -- maybe he'll go to work -- or move to India.

Loneliness: The Sound of Silence

Risa Garon | Posted 08.26.2015 | Divorce
Risa Garon

Divorce and other family transitions don't have to define youth and adults; these transitions can be integrated in to everyone's life moving forward but key factors are needed to make this happen.

5 Things Parents Can Do To Help Their Homesick College Students

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 08.26.2015 | Fifty

Most 18-year-olds will eagerly arrive at their dorm rooms this fall, ready to unpack and start what they've heard will be "the best four years of your...

8 Back To School Tips Every Student Should Know

Gabrielle Flank | Posted 08.26.2015 | Teen
Gabrielle Flank

It's that time of year again and we can hear the school bells ringing! It can be hard to adjust from the dog days of summer to the busy and fast pace of the school year. Here are eight tips to get back into the school mode and start this year off right!

First as Tragedy, Then as Frat

Zachariah Ezer | Posted 08.25.2015 | College
Zachariah Ezer

Ultimately, there's no one to blame the protracted demise of the "Greek" system on but the "Greeks" themselves. My own school, Wesleyan University, has changed its mind from forcing fraternities to co-educate to just kicking them off campus.

Why "Back to School" Is Not the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

John McCormick | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
John McCormick

I already long for those July mornings when all I had to worry about was getting myself fed and dressed. Or sip my coffee and read the paper in a quiet kitchen while the boys sacked in 'til noon.

Smells Like One Direction

Amy Arndt | Posted 08.24.2015 | Parents
Amy Arndt

There's nothing like a user review from a tween who has like, literally been to heaven, returned, and compares that smell to a One Direction perfume. That kid has a mighty celestial olfactory system. Can you imagine what is going to happen to that girl when she finally smells Chanel?

The Art of Putting Pen to Paper in a World Full of Noise @HuffPostBlog

Lauren Galley | Posted 08.21.2015 | Books
Lauren Galley

Through all the stages of my life thus far, I have had a natural tendency to write my feelings down and call it art, even if it were writings on a sticky note with a few doodles scattered here and there.

7 Things I Want My Son to Know About Leadership

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Standing in a crowded gym I watched as my teenage son and several of his friends took to the basketball court. He's been playing sports since he was f...

Lots of Beautiful Hair at Teen Choice, Some With Splash of Color

Gina Rivera | Posted 08.20.2015 | Style
Gina Rivera

Teen Choice delivered! Rita Ora added a light breeze of pink to her signature platinum blonde tresses and Britney Spears, honored as a style icon, spl...

12 Things I Want My High Schooler to Know (That Have Nothing to Do With Academics)

Bernadette Noll | Posted 08.20.2015 | Parents
Bernadette Noll

Some say the high school years are the best years in your life. I say that's a sad statement and you don't want to count your best years so young, but they can be pretty fun. And crazy. And hilarious. You'll learn so much about yourself, about friendship, about community, and about the world as a whole -- good, bad and confounding.

11 Creative Ways Your Thumbs Can Prevent Texting While Driving

Gabriel Gomez | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Gabriel Gomez

Yep, these lil' protective coverings for your thumbs remind others not to text behind the wheel. Here's how 11 members got super creative while keeping their friends super safe.

Why Not Talking About Over-Eating Might Be the Healthiest Option For Your Family

Lola Reed | Posted 08.19.2015 | Parents
Lola Reed

One of the simplest things we can do at any age to avoid overeating is to slow down so that there's time for our brains and stomachs to signal that we're full. Wolfing down our dinners in a pit stop mindset or mindlessly munching our way through our favorite show are doing us a disservice on so many levels.

Should Young Drivers Stay On Their Parents' Auto Policy or Get Their Own?

Laura Adams | Posted 08.18.2015 | Money
Laura Adams

There comes a time in most young drivers' lives when they have to ask themselves an important question: Should I get my own car insurance policy or add myself to the one my parents already have? A new study suggests the latter option is the way to go.