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Adolescence

Why You Must Play With Your Teens

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I am not suggesting that you make a u-turn and start being your teen's friend. I'm suggesting instead that you remember to teach your child about the importance of work, the importance of love and the importance of play.

True Confessions Of A Smelly Girl

Katie Tandy | Posted 07.14.2014 | Women
Katie Tandy

The men I dated loved that smell, the raw meatiness of it. They couldn't help it. I imagine it was one part tenderness for their smelly little girlfriend and two parts all instinctual, animal sex-beast-magic.

Helping Your Teen Daughters Love their Bodies

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Hi Dr. Barbara, I'm 17 and having a self-image situation. I joined an all-girl yoga group a few weeks back and we just got our class uniforms in. Ba...

When Our Children Bring Mistakes To Us

Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis | Posted 06.26.2014 | Parents
Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis

Our children are going to make mistakes; whether or not we're part of the solution depends on the relationships we build today.

'There Are Very Few Films That Are Happy And Serious'

Kathleen Massara | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Kathleen Massara

Lukas Moodysson is known for his moving cinematic debut, Fucking Amal (1998), which was retitled Show Me Love in English, and Together (2000). The wri...

Yagana Shah

11 Powerful Song Lyrics That Changed Our Lives Forever

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 06.08.2014 | Fifty

Whether it's an upbeat track that makes you want to get up and dance or a heartfelt ballad that brings a tear to your eye, there's no doubt that music...

6 Things Every Young Woman Should Know

Alexandra Harra | Posted 05.29.2014 | Women
Alexandra Harra

Not every transition into womanhood should be as tumultuous as mine. There are six lessons every woman-to-be must learn in order to bypass those accidents of adolescents and truly step into her own glorious self.

National Foster Care Awareness Month

Gary Stangler | Posted 07.23.2014 | Impact
Gary Stangler

Efforts like these are important because letting kids engage in typical childhood activities is more than just letting them be normal. It is also critical to their healthy development.

I Wrote 5 Failed Novels

Rachel Kapelke-Dale | Posted 07.15.2014 | Books
Rachel Kapelke-Dale

I can't imagine the person I would have become if I had actually had published a novel at 23. What I had really had at that age was a deep desire to prove myself, to hold on to my 'specialness' after my adolescence and my fancy college were stripped away.

Mommy, I Need a Gay Friend

Amy Arndt | Posted 07.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Amy Arndt

The fact my friend wasn't interested in girls really wasn't what it was about anyway. It was about a friendship that gave me confidence and helped me through really difficult and awkward times. It was a friendship that I will forever cherish.

Brainstorming Middle School

Allison Gaines Pell | Posted 06.22.2014 | Education
Allison Gaines Pell

If we want our children to help us preserve, sustain and re-imagine the world, we have to give them a chance to try it now.

Self-Confidence Begins at Home

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 06.14.2014 | Parents
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

A child's sense of self is shaped by every interaction he or she has, but it is shaped most powerfully by how they are loved and parented at home. How a child sees themselves will influence every aspect of their life from their education, relationships to their overall well-being.

7 Steps To Raising Stellar, Successful, Self-Sufficient Children

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 06.07.2014 | Parents
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

Self-awareness is at the core of emotional intelligence and is crucial to your children reaching their academic and personal goals throughout their lives.

Is Yoga The New Phys Ed?

Kripalu | Posted 06.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Kripalu

Through learning breathing practices, yoga postures, deep relaxation, and meditation, this younger generation is experiencing the connection between mind and body at an early age.

Contracting Instagram

William Lucas Walker | Posted 05.31.2014 | Parents
William Lucas Walker

We held our ground. For nearly a year. It wasn't easy. Our daughter's increasing anxiety, her distress at being tagged "a nobody with no Instagram" forced us to take a closer look at what was actually going on. We had to look no further than our own middle school years.

If You're a Teen, Divergent Isn't Divergent At All

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 05.27.2014 | Entertainment
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

There is a hidden grain of resiliency buried near the surface of the dour and cloudy plots that these movies bring us. Remember that the best fiction, and especially the best fantasy fiction, often show us how NOT to behave.

Why We Have the Time to Actually Live Our Lives

Madeline Wahl | Posted 04.30.2014 | Women
Madeline Wahl

I emerged from the subway to a crisp Sunday afternoon with clear skies and snowflakes on the sidewalk and as I was thinking about what chores I had to do that evening I heard a woman say, "Excuse me, do you have the time?"

Changing the Cultural Conversation About Adolescence

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2014 | Parents
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

Since we are profoundly social creatures, it may not be such a surprise that our social experiences literally shape the wiring of our social brains.

When Motherhood Becomes More Complicated

Lindsey Mead | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

It feels like as soon as I figured out how to truly love being a mother with children at home, it's almost over. More and more, I feel the tension between holding on and letting go.

Misery Never Felt So Rewarding

Linda Flanagan | Posted 03.19.2014 | Books
Linda Flanagan

Jennifer Senior's book All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood is a tonic to the realist school of childrearing, exploring the grind in the job along with the bliss. We're having no fun, and we are no fun, but we wouldn't do it any differently.

3 Steps to Disconnecting From Our Phones and Reconnecting With Our Teens

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. | Posted 03.09.2014 | Parents
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who's seen a young parent text for blocks with their infant in their arms. Or been in an elevator full of people who, instead of engaging in the informal conversations that connect us to each other in community, are each on their gadgets, typing furiously away.

Why Our Teenagers Feel Compelled to Connect on Social Media

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. | Posted 03.01.2014 | Parents
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

With heads down and screens lit up, watching our teens plug in can feel confusing, disappointing and even like rejection to us.

7 Signals You Can Send to Your Teen Right Now Instead of a Text

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. | Posted 02.19.2014 | Parents
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

The digital world of chatting and texting is generally confined to letters and words, and the photos and videos sent are often not interactive; they are one-way streams of information.

Science and the Adolescent Brain

Terrence Deak, Ph.D. | Posted 02.19.2014 | Science
Terrence Deak, Ph.D.

If we know that the brain is going through profound changes during adolescence, perhaps adolescents, parents, and teachers should try to learn a little more about how the brain works in general and some of the specific changes that occur during this time.

A Shift from Online to Offline: Adolescence, the Internet and Social Participation

Undergraduate Awards | Posted 02.11.2014 | Technology
Undergraduate Awards

Participants described their enhanced social self-esteem through positive peer feedback via online comments and 'likes' which reiterates their desire to ultimately seek social validation.