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What One Boy's Story Tells Us About Video Game Addiction

Richard Freed | Posted 02.19.2016 | Parents
Richard Freed

By limiting children's access to gaming, they are more likely to find joy in real-world activities--such as spending time with family, reading, creative and outdoor play, and school. Such limits also help children learn that technology is best used as a tool, not a toy.

Awww-inspiring: 10 Adorable V-Day Cards Young People Made for Older Adults | Posted 02.17.2016 | Impact

Valentine's Day can be a particularly lonely holiday for many, especially for older adults. By creating (over 30,000!) handmade cards we were able to spread some love and kindness to seniors who need it.

8 Tips on Coping with Your Antagonistic Teenage Daughter

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.16.2016 | Teen
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Remember your daughter in grade school? Lively, your best friend, carefree, happy to confide in you? Then when she was fifteen a switch turned on. She...

Letter to Young Dreamers

Erin Parker | Posted 02.16.2016 | Teen
Erin Parker

Dear Young Dreamers, You are a gift to this world--you who see everything in a different way, who treat a setback as a new lesson to be learned and n...

Why Millennials Who Can't Even Vote Yet Love Bernie Sanders

Jocelyn Quinn | Posted 02.10.2016 | Teen
Jocelyn Quinn

We want Bernie, because he is not fueled by an egotist's dream of presidency. He is real. He is fueled by the issues of people who need help. Bernie is not running for the presidency. He is running for the people who are not getting the voice they deserve.

How Giving Up My Expectations Made Me a Better Mother

Michelle Rose Gilman | Posted 02.10.2016 | Parents
Michelle Rose Gilman

Because I have absolutely no control or expectations, our relationship has ascended to the next level. I'm still Mom, just a much better, more compassionate, softer, more realistic version of Mom. His life is his to define and embrace with no expectations from me. I just love being on the sidelines of his life and to watch him bloom!

Parenting Teens: A Solitary Gig

Mary Rowen | Posted 02.09.2016 | Parents
Mary Rowen

My name is Mary and I'm a parent of teenagers. I wish I could share more specifics with you. I'd like to talk about the day-to-day stresses and triumphs that make our family life what it is. It might be cathartic to tell you why I cried last week, or to write a blog post about a lovely conversation I had with one of my children. But I won't do that. It wouldn't feel right.

Parochial Prayer: A Call for Students to Claim Their Power

KidSpirit | Posted 02.11.2016 | Religion

I have been raised in an observant conservative Jewish household, and I frequently wrestle with daily prayer, which is very familiar to me. Therefore, I can readily see how a less observant student, without a regular relationship to a prayer experience outside of school, could find services onerous when thrust upon them in school.

High Schooler Easaw Helping Others Like Him

Kofie Yeboah | Posted 02.08.2016 | Business
Kofie Yeboah

Most high-schoolers are thinking about homework and who to ask to the next big dance. Aaron Easaw is handling his business. Literally.

Why We Forgive With Love in Romance, Family and God

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 02.08.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Anhvinh Doanvo

To feel the searing pain of betrayal through a broken heart and continue to love in spite of it is the manifestation of what differentiates love's profundity in all of its forms.

Confessions of a Non-Fan Girl

Sherina Harris | Posted 02.04.2016 | Teen
Sherina Harris

It's time for me to make a confession: I love cats, but I hate the animated cat collecting app Neko Atsume. I found out about Neko Atsume from my si...

How to Speak With Your Teen About Sex

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 02.04.2016 | Parents
Devishobha Ramanan

Studies reveal that teens who share open conversations about sex are more likely to delay sexual activity, and practise safer sex. Here are some things that parents can do to ensure your teenager comes to you first - at least in difficult times.

Why I Teach Young Women About Amy Schumer

Naomi Katz | Posted 02.03.2016 | Women
Naomi Katz

Amy Schumer's comedy is not an example of a woman finding success in a men's world. It is an example of a woman defining success, reclaiming a language of realism for women by expressing her truth.

Should You Post About Your Kid on the Internet?

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.03.2016 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Do our kids have a say in how we expose them to the world? Even the cutest baby picture, who's to say in ten or 20 years that that child will be glad you exposed him of her to the world in a diaper? Have you asked your child what they think now? Can they foresee the future?

Free Pass: My Son Was Drifting Away

Heidi Allen | Posted 02.03.2016 | Parents
Heidi Allen

Please remember this story I told him. In the very near future you will have a 13-year-old of your own, and you'll be tested just like I was. Enjoy your free pass. You won't get another.

Why Teens Need Their Music, Part I: 4 Secrets for Parents, Backed By Research

Rebecca Laclair | Posted 02.02.2016 | Parents
Rebecca Laclair

What happens between a teenager's headphones? Today's kids aren't listening to the bands you liked at their age -- you already know that. Young people tend to use music as a way of defining and sharing their sense of self, identity, or "personal brand."

A Letter To My 18-Year-Old Self

Neely Moldovan | Posted 02.01.2016 | Women
Neely Moldovan

Call your mom more. She misses you, and this is very hard for her.

25 Reasons Why the F-Bomb Is Appropriate At Times

Lisa Katz | Posted 01.28.2016 | Parents
Lisa Katz

Naturally, when my children were younger, I tried to use the nicest language. I tried to never use profanity and to always keep my cool. As life would have it, that did not always go as planned.

'What Advice Would You Give to a Room Full of Students?'

Mark Redmond | Posted 01.28.2016 | Parents
Mark Redmond

You have a job to do, just like I have a job to do. It's called school, and it's important you take it seriously. It may seem now as if you are being asked to learn things that will have no relevance in your future life, and in fact you may be correct.

5 Ways to Prevent the 50 Shades of Middle School

Keisha Howard | Posted 01.27.2016 | Parents
Keisha Howard

If you are a parent with a child in middle school, it just got real. It's time to have serious sex talks with your teen, because although he or she may be acting like they don't know much about sex, or that they aren't interested in sex, it is still around them.

Teen Matters: 5 Essential Ways to Connect with Teens (For Parents and Educators)

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 01.25.2016 | Education
Kimberly Cooper

Notice how I used the word "connect" over motivate or inspire? For those of us parents and educators in the field of teen advocacy, it may be easy to ...

13 Year Old Skipping Gym Class Every Day!

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 01.24.2016 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

If we want to provide our youngsters with advice they will actually listen to, we have to make sure their ears, minds and hearts are open. The more she knows you are on her side, the more honest she'll be.

The 5th Wave Inspires 11th Commandment: Thou Shall Not Make Crappy Films

Brandon Judell | Posted 01.22.2016 | Entertainment
Brandon Judell

Lately, if you feel unworthy because God has given you just too good a life ... just too much joy ... and your hair shirt is at the cleaners, you can do your penance watching J Blakeson's The 5th Wave.

No School Snow Day

Amanda Waggener | Posted 01.22.2016 | Parents
Amanda Waggener

My kids are home from school today because it snowed. Here in Kentucky it doesn't require much snow fall to cancel school. They have cancelled scho...

Taylor Swift Sings 'Life Makes Love Look Hard': Top 5 Tips for Love

Dr. Vanita Braver | Posted 01.19.2016 | Parents
Dr. Vanita Braver

As a mother of three daughters, I frequently find myself singing along to the catchy tunes of Taylor Swift. Singer, songwriter, and overall superstar Taylor Swift is famous for penning undeniably captivating love songs.