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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.

Inside the Mind of a Teen's Instagram Post

Lauren Galley | Posted 03.21.2015 | Media
Lauren Galley

Most parents don't use Instagram and therefore have no concept of the anxiety that girls face when using this popular application. It's a lot like a roller coaster ride.

I Hate You, Don't Leave Me (Conversations With My 12-year-old Daughter)

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

I awoke one morning and my logical, agreeable daughter had been replaced by one who was rude. And angry. For no apparent reason.

What We All Need to Learn From Teenagers

Tami Shaikh | Posted 03.27.2015 | Parents
Tami Shaikh

"Mother Nature is providential. She gives us 12 years to develop a love for our children before turning them into teenagers." -William Galvin Now tha...

A Birthday Message to My 14-Year-Old Daughter

Kristen Daukas | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
Kristen Daukas

I love the fact that I still get to catch glimpses of you as a little girl when you get excited over things. Sometimes I'm jealous of the secret giggles that you share with your friends -- especially when I ask what's so funny and get that look that teenagers are so good at giving

Open-Ended, Mouth Shut

Peyton Price | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
Peyton Price

As you can see, the key is to continue asking questions with increasing levels of specificity. Under no circumstances should you allow your child to leave the room until you are satisfied.

7 Rules of Hiring a Teenager to Babysit

Angela Keck | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Angela Keck

Hiring a sitter and having an evening out on the town is a treat. By following these steps, you can (hopefully) relax enough to enjoy yourself!

The 8 Players of "Cards Against Humanity"

Angelina Massoia | Posted 01.21.2015 | College
Angelina Massoia

At the end of the night, you will not care who actually won the game. What matters is how truly twisted your opponents/friends can be and how their dirty humor will never cease to be funny.

Driving Is A Privilege, Not A Right

Dana Westreich Hirt | Posted 03.22.2015 | Parents
Dana Westreich Hirt

Logging 50 hours of supervised driving time, an Illinois requirement, takes a lot of time, patience and courage. Now is the time to take advantage of your motivated and captive audience and make clear everything you think is important about driving.

That Time Kanye West "Discovered" Sir Paul McCartney: A Modern Fairytale

Chiara Cortese | Posted 03.17.2015 | Entertainment
Chiara Cortese

So, for all you tweens and teens and people who live under rocks in general, just in case Kanye decides to do any more collaborating with old white dudes in the future, I've put together a little cheat sheet for you.

Come at Me, (Frat) Bro!

Zachariah Ezer | Posted 03.16.2015 | College
Zachariah Ezer

Even if fraternities aren't directly responsible for every instance of sexual assault and inebriated death on a college campus, they engender an attitude that is no longer permissible in the 21st century.

Illinois Is the Third-Best State for Teen Drivers

Reboot Illinois | Posted 03.15.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Something teenagers do every day is also the thing that kills more of them every year than anything else: driving. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for 16 to 19-year olds, with more car accidents among that cohort of drivers than any other.

The Problem With Those '20 Under 20' Lists

Anna Juszczyk | Posted 03.15.2015 | Teen
Anna Juszczyk

We live in the world of 16-year-old millionaires, teenage entrepreneurs and child celebrities. It is hard not to get lost in this "youth madness."

Have Smartphones Made Parents Dumb?

Tara Cousineau, PhD | Posted 03.11.2015 | Parents
Tara Cousineau, PhD

Sometimes it feels like technology is raising -- or rather -- regressing our kids. We can complain all we want about the tsunami of media flooding our children's lives, but are we seriously willing to give in to it?

14, Unplugged, and Innovating

Jayme Cellitioci | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Jayme Cellitioci

I have a coffee shop scene burned in my mind that I cannot seem to shake: ten teen girls sitting in a circle, each one of them looking down at their smartphones. Eye contact did not appear to be on the menu that day.

10 Things I Want My Son To Learn Before He Becomes A Teenager

The Next Family | Posted 03.10.2015 | Parents
The Next Family

As we stand on the cusp of zits and body hair and raging hormones, I am beginning to think about the type of teenager I want him to be in a couple of years. And the type of man I want him to eventually become.

What Happened When My Track Coach Told Me I Wasn't Good Enough

Ashley Massis | Posted 03.09.2015 | Women
Ashley Massis

Under the thought process that "sports gave you structure" embedded into me by my father, I decided to join the Modified Track team. Not being the star athlete like my brother, I decided to pick a sport where I didn't feel the pressures of not being in the sport since I was in diapers. Track seemed like a simple sport... or so I had thought.

Living With Courage in a World of Bullies

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 03.08.2015 | Education
Stuart Muszynski

In 2015, on the cusp of our presidential election year, courage can take us to being above party politics, putting employee good above profit to shareholders, demonstrating caring and responsibility to our neighbors, being true to our word, valuing life, and exhibiting love.

10 Rules of Being a Sexy Woman

Alexandra Harra | Posted 03.08.2015 | Women
Alexandra Harra

There are many twists and turns along the road to real sexiness that require us to make the right decisions. Live by the ten rules of being a woman and inspire others to follow in your gracefully sexy footsteps.

Is Obesity a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.08.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Do some teens, because they embody the caricature of a fat person, literally grow into that caricature?

The Real Life 'Fault In Our Stars'

Tonya Hurley | Posted 03.07.2015 | Books
Tonya Hurley

It has been an honor to be involved in such a life-affirming project. To witness in print the bravery and honesty of these teens. They've taught me so much about life, love and what it is to fight, to win and sometimes to lose, but always to learn.

Nothing Good Happens in the Woods

Tara Cousineau, PhD | Posted 03.07.2015 | Parents
Tara Cousineau, PhD

Here, "The Woods" is code for a teen hangout not far from the elementary school my girls attended. The spot has been around so long that many parents raised here reminisce about it, often over drinks.

My Son Is a Loser (and So Am I)

Doug Gertner | Posted 02.28.2015 | Parents
Doug Gertner

My son is, and has long been, a loser. This simple teenage truth became comically clear about this time last year and remains true to this day. The mystery also remains, "Why can't my son keep track of his things?"

When My Teen Accused Me of Being Old, This Is What I Did

Lori Holden | Posted 02.25.2015 | Fifty
Lori Holden

Instead, I took to heart what she said. I am really old, to her very young eyes. And it appears she does not carry the same judgment in saying so that I do in hearing so. I've lived on this planet -- I've thrived on this planet -- for a long time.