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5 Traps for Parents to Avoid During College-Essay Season

Douglas Danoff | Posted 08.18.2015 | Parents
Douglas Danoff

You're not alone in feeling like you're walking through a treacherous jungle this time of year. When it comes to the college-application essays, many parents believe they're stepping forward onto firm ground, only to discover that they've landed themselves -- and their son or daughter -- in quicksand.

Letting Go of the Balloon String

Ayyan Zubair | Posted 08.17.2015 | College
Ayyan Zubair

Just as surely as the days of the summer continue to shorten, so too do the days of my childhood come to a close. Leaving for college does much more than simply just changing one's ZIP code; it removes the innocent coating of childhood from us.

The Problem With Perfection: 4 Ways to Protect Your Children From Falsehoods on Social Media

Richard Greenberg | Posted 08.14.2015 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

We'd all like to live in an ideal world, but that's just not what life is about. So how can we condition our children for reality and keep their feet on the ground?

Hauling the Kids to College: Queen Bees and Worker Bees

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 08.13.2015 | College
Arlene Nisson Lassin

Here's a salute to those moms whose knees are popping the day after and to those dads whose backs are aching today, who come back just a little bit lighter than when they left. (Lighter not necessarily from dropping weight from the physical labor, but because of a much lighter wallet.)

When Kids Lie: 3 Steps to Strengthening Family

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

All kids dabble in stretching the truth or outright lying, and of course it's to their benefit to learn that lies have consequences. To be clear, all kids lie at one point or another. I know you may be thinking yours has never lied to you, but if so you're in La-la-land. Once you've come to grips with this truth keep reading.

Friendship in the Time of Technology

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

The Internet is undoubtedly an invaluable link between people separated by distance. But this link must be built on a stronger foundation of intimacy and familiarity and a balance of online and offline interactions will pave the way to better relationships in the world.

The Lost Art of Kindness: Cyberbullying, an Ever-Growing Issue

Alicia Cook | Posted 08.12.2015 | Technology
Alicia Cook

When I attended elementary, middle and high school, things were different. There was no real anonymity. I knew which classmates wanted to humiliate me. I sat next to them in class. They would sign their actual names on their mean notes to me in between periods.

From Teens in Jail to Teens Onstage: The Odyssey Project

Ming Holden | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education
Ming Holden

The Odyssey Project, now in its fifth year, is using the arts to combat recidivism for juvenile offenders in a completely unprecedented way: by creating an arts-based "intervention" at that critical point near the end of a juvenile offender's teen years, when, like Odysseus, they have life choices to make that will indelibly determine their future's path.

When Back-to-School Means Back to Being Scared for Kids With Disabilities

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.11.2015 | Education
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Going back to school is always going to be a little nerve wracking. Kids will always worry about classes, friendships, and keeping up with the latest fads. But they should never have to worry for their safety.

To The Teenage Girls At The Swimming Pool

Christine Organ | Posted 08.11.2015 | Parents
Christine Organ

You might not remember me, but we met at the public pool last week. I use the word "met" loosely, because I never actually learned your names, and you didn't learn mine.

10 Tips to Make Switching Schools Easier

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.10.2015 | Education
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Changing schools sounds simple, but it almost never is. Parents should carefully consider whether or not switching schools is the most appropriate option. Sometimes it may be best for parents to sacrifice or delay their own new opportunities in order to ensure stability for teens or adolescents, but that's not always possible or realistic.

Identifying Teenage Cyberbullying Behavior

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 08.07.2015 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

Teens have a secret life. Much as it may be hard to digest for parents, a trot down memory lane into one's own teenage will prove that there are some circles in the teenager's life that exclude parents.

Capturing Misty Copeland's Power and Grace

Richard Corman | Posted 08.07.2015 | Black Voices
Richard Corman

As I approached from the southern end of Manhattan, where the sun had just risen, I couldn't quite believe what I was witnessing. She moved gracefully, dramatically and with intent all over the Mason and Hamlin -- sitting, leaning, standing, en pointe.

Meditation Helps Bodine Students to 'Thrive'

Anthony David Williams | Posted 08.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Anthony David Williams

Bodine was a test run. Let us now begin to follow the evolution of meditation with the mission of encouraging the implementation of meditation education in high schools world wide. Ladies and gents, we have a movement on our hands.

I Didn't Know That Would Happen #257

Claire Wapole | Posted 08.04.2015 | Parents
Claire Wapole

Ever since my first pregnancy, I developed a super sonic sense of smell. During each pregnancy it caused me to pretty much hate the scent of everything except Ivory soap and lemons. With the delivery of my last child, the intensity of scent aversion diminished, but it's still there and it's often the cause of some heated arguments.

I'm Not Sure If I'm Too Strict With My Teenage Daughter

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 08.04.2015 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

Your gut is telling you that your gauge is off and that your feelings about your daughter may be related to your childhood, and I agree 100 percent. The key here is that you feel hatred when you see your daughter and her boyfriend. That is a very strong emotion, and one which I encourage you to explore.

What Is It Like to Be a High School Principal?

Quora | Posted 08.05.2015 | Education
Quora

When I tell people that I'm a high school principal, people usually make a comment like, "God Bless you," "I'm so glad there are people like you out there," or "That's a tough job."

A Mom's Reply to "Rules for Dating my Daughter"

Lisa R. Petty | Posted 08.04.2015 | Parents
Lisa R. Petty

The Rules for Dating my Daughter meme is not funny when you have a son. It's not funny when someone assumes your Star Wars watching, animal loving boy is a threat to anyone. So, Mr. Macho Rules for Dating my Daughter, I've got some feedback for you and your silly little rule list.

The Stranger

KidSpirit | Posted 12.09.2015 | Religion
KidSpirit

By contributing writer Mustafa Khan for KidSpirit's issue on The Stranger. The stranger can't be trusted. The stranger is inhospitable and dangerous....

Parent Olympics

Samara Wolpe | Posted 07.31.2015 | Parents
Samara Wolpe

It was a Tuesday afternoon. High school juniors huddled around a long dining room table, nervously scraping their cuticle-bitten fingers along the edges of manilla folders.

The Likes of You and Not Being Cool

Kay Tacke Morse | Posted 07.30.2015 | Parents
Kay Tacke Morse

Ma'am -- may I take your lunch order? Avocado scramble with Aardvark Sauce please. My daughter smirks. The likes of you smirk. The ma'am giving her ca...

Quiet Diary: "I want to be okay with who I am."

Quiet Revolution | Annelie Hyatt | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living

My family and I live in the heart of NYC. We have it all: Fifth Avenue, Central Park, and many great places to eat. While our apartment is small and t...

8 Venn Diagrams That Cover 18 Years Of Childhood

Melissa Sher | Posted 07.29.2015 | Parents
Melissa Sher

No two days with your child are ever alike. And, once you've been in the thick of a developmental stage and think you have something finally figured out, your kids go and change on you.

7 Ways America Needs to Be More Like Germany

Sophie Roth-Douquet | Posted 07.28.2015 | Teen
Sophie Roth-Douquet

In Germany there are bakeries on practically every corner. I lived in Stuttgart, a pretty big city in the south of Germany where I could see three bakeries just by looking out the window and swiveling my head slightly.

The Words I Want My Teenage Son to Remember

Mary Hickey | Posted 07.28.2015 | Parents
Mary Hickey

"The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice." I have been seeing this quote often lately and frankly find it somewhat terrifying.