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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.

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.