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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.

My TEDxTeen Experience

Lesley Lyle | Posted 01.19.2016 | Teen
Lesley Lyle

On Friday this week, I was in the company of 35 teenagers, all on the brink of taking final exams and making huge decisions about whether to continue ...

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?