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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?