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Letter to My Daughter on Her 13th Birthday

Michele Corvi | Posted 01.18.2016 | Parents
Michele Corvi

Today is the last day you will be 12. Tomorrow is your birthday, and you will turn 13 years old. You will officially say goodbye to your childhood and will be considered a teenager.

A Letter to My Son on His 15th Birthday

Kim Keating | Posted 01.16.2016 | Black Voices
Kim Keating

Black boys have an especially difficult time as they approach adulthood, and I sometimes feel helpless when I think about all of the tools you'll need to navigate the world. Remember that no matter where your life leads, I will always be your mother, your friend and your number one fan!

Ride Along With a Teenager

Claire Wapole | Posted 01.15.2016 | Parents
Claire Wapole

The following is an actual conversation I had this morning while driving my fifteen year old son to school. This is a prime example of what life is l...

9 Social Media Red Flags Parents Should Know About

Common Sense Media | Posted 01.14.2016 | Parents
Common Sense Media

By Christine Elgersma, Common Sense Media It can be hard to keep up with the latest apps that kids are using. Just when you've figured out how to tal...

Four Steps to Becoming a Rock Star Parent in 2016

Todd Kestin | Posted 01.14.2016 | Parents
Todd Kestin

You want to be a better parent. That's the first and most important step. But you can't stop there. To ensure your early hopes don't become future disappointments, tap into the natural workings of your motivation to create an unstoppable force for positive change.

"Facing Fears," by Gaelle Mambo Awah (age 14)

The Advice Project | Posted 01.14.2016 | Teen
The Advice Project

Gaelle Mambo is a 14-year-old student studying sciences in Bamenda, Cameroon. She's had a passion for writing since I was eight years old, and she'd l...

Media, Quit Marketing "Ideal Beauty" to Teens

The Advice Project | Posted 01.13.2016 | Women
The Advice Project

Being a teen girl, I see the impact that the media has on my friends and a lot of girls' self-confidence. We feel fat, jealous and sad because of the disgusting marketing tools companies use to show us drop-dead "gorgeous" women.

Coming to Netflix: Making a Teenager

Greg Schwem | Posted 01.13.2016 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

I entered the bedroom with Manny, my one-person camera crew, in tow. Startled, my daughter removed her earbuds and dropped her phone. "Dad, what are you doing?" "Filming a new Netflix documentary," I said.

Obama Says "Being a Teenager is Tough"

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.12.2016 | Teen
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Speaking of poverty and gun violence, Obama reflected on the plight of teenagers today in his talk with Andersen Cooper January 7th. He discussed not...

Four Mental Health Tips for the Back-to-School Season

Josh Rivedal | Posted 07.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Josh Rivedal

To have a successful transition back to school and to stay in one piece, you need to develop resources to live mentally healthy and to repair those metaphorical cracks in the brain when everything around you seems like its falling apart you feel like you might crumble.

Is Twitter the New Blockbuster?

Sherina Harris | Posted 01.07.2016 | Teen
Sherina Harris

Lately I seem to have been finding about all the major happenings in the world on Twitter, so I was not surprised when one of today's big stories was ...

5 Things You Need To Embrace To Build A Marketplace

Leonard Kim | Posted 01.07.2016 | Business
Leonard Kim

In this digital age, marketplaces are quickly shifting to online and mobile platforms. These types of marketplaces are not always easy to build. Mark...

Why You Should to Talk to Your Kids About Sex

Samara Wolpe | Posted 01.06.2016 | Parents
Samara Wolpe

Why is it so common for parents to make up strange stories such as the stork or fairies dropping children off at the doorstep, or for parents to wait until their children are summoned in for health class to broach the topic? Even more puzzling, why do many never bring it up at all?

How to Manage Family Strife

Elizabeth Esrey | Posted 01.06.2016 | Parents
Elizabeth Esrey

Families argue -- especially around the holidays. Overbearing in-laws, wayward teens, stepfamilies, elder care or antiquated parenting plans can turn a home into a war zone. While some situations are easily resolved, others can linger for months -- even years. Instead of allowing conflict to fester -- consider mediation.

In J.J. Abrams We Trust

Adina Ciment | Posted 01.05.2016 | Entertainment
Adina Ciment

So it's been a little over two weeks since Star Wars: The Force Awakens blew up box office records and people have come back on Twitter and Facebook, ...

Do You Trust Your Teen, and Does Your Teen Trust You? (Part 2)

Joshua Wayne | Posted 01.05.2016 | Parents
Joshua Wayne

While your perception of the strength of the relationship counts, it's her's that really matters. If she perceives it as strong and feels a genuine connection, she's much more likely to behave the way you'd like when you aren't around. She won't want to disappoint you.

Meet Jake Marcionette, the Youngest New York Times-Bestselling Author

Xaque Gruber | Posted 01.05.2016 | Books
Xaque Gruber

When he was twelve years old, Florida-based Jake Marcionette released his debut book, Just Jake, a loosely autobiographical, laugh-out-loud comedy adventure.

We Need More Millennials to Take Action on Climate Change

Clara Nevins | Posted 01.05.2016 | Green
Clara Nevins

Paris was abuzz. At the Chamber of Commerce, 200 adults in business suits, wearied by two hours of oil companies' execu-speak, slammed coffee at the 11 a.m. break. There I was, a 5-foot-3 15 year old in a ponytail in a room full of blue suits and gray hair. I felt so out of place.

Kids These Days

Sara Lindberg | Posted 12.30.2015 | Education
Sara Lindberg

I have been told that I have too much faith in kids. Some people question my unwavering belief in teenagers ability to transcend their lives. Am I an eternal optimist or have I just simply spent too much time with kids?

Do You Trust Your Teen, and Does Your Teen Trust You? (Part 1)

Joshua Wayne | Posted 12.22.2015 | Parents
Joshua Wayne

There are two essential questions you must ask yourself when it comes to the role of trust in your relationship with your teenager. They are both important, but the second one is critical.

The Evolution of Gift Giving

Lisa Smith Molinari | Posted 12.21.2015 | Comedy
Lisa Smith Molinari

Sometime after the Earth cooled - let's just say it was between a gazillion and a gagillion years ago - slimy little amoebas sprouted fins and then le...

The World Our Girls Live In

Sara Lindberg | Posted 12.21.2015 | Parents
Sara Lindberg

When I am working with teenage girls, I often find myself picturing my daughter. My work has become more personal.

A Christmas Hockey Stick for Granny

Curtis Rogers | Posted 12.18.2015 | Parents
Curtis Rogers

Gifts are wonderful things, but without thought and sentiment they are just objects. Ever see a department store Christmas tree display with fake presents? The don't have any warmth because they weren't placed with love. There was no thought behind them. They are just empty boxes. Love makes an object a gift. Love once made a pink hockey stick the perfect present.

Would You Pay Your Teen to Participate in a Family Activity?

Mary Rowen | Posted 12.18.2015 | Parents
Mary Rowen

I don't have plans to offer my kids cash again for a movie night -- at least not any time soon -- but the evening was really lovely, and it wouldn't have happened without that lousy ten bucks.

Christmas Gifts for the Teen or Tween Who Has Everything

Kelly Pietrangeli | Posted 12.17.2015 | Parents
Kelly Pietrangeli

Stuck for what to get your teen or tween for Christmas this year? Do they already have the latest gadgets and 'must have's'? Yep. I hear you.