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Adolescence

FOMO: Keeping Up with the Acronyms

Dana Westreich Hirt | Posted 10.14.2014 | Parents
Dana Westreich Hirt

I don't remember my parents worrying about me missing a big party or being concerned how grounding me for two weeks would impact homecoming plans. Why, then, are we so challenged around setting limits for our children?

10 Ways to Improve Your Relationship With Your Adolescent

Donna Wick, Ed.D | Posted 10.09.2014 | Parents
Donna Wick, Ed.D

Accept that what you did yesterday won't work today. Your child is changing and growing and your relationship with him or her has to accommodate that growth. To do this, your behavior is going to have to change, too.

My Mother Is More Popular Than Me

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 10.01.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

My girlfriends all seem to like my mother better than me. I just think that because when they come over, they always talk to my mother and I have nothing to contribute.

Adorably Grotesque Cartoons Explore What Little Girls Are Made Of

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.26.2014 | Arts

From the perspective of a parent, a child comes across as a glowing angel. From the perspective of a stranger, a child can appear either as a doughy b...

10 Secrets Your Teens Want You to Know But Won't Tell You

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 09.26.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

have been talking to your teens for over two decades. Even though trends and styles may change, teens still have the same concerns and the same secrets that they would like you to know, but just don't feel comfortable telling you.

Putting the Brakes on Adolescent Impulse: The Age of Opportunity

Linda Flanagan | Posted 09.03.2014 | Education
Linda Flanagan

Adolescence begins with puberty and ends, ambiguously, with the makings of adult independence: marriage, financial self-sufficiency, employment.

The Benefits of Cliques

Andrew Smiler | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Andrew Smiler

Part of being an American teenager means some effort to answer the question "who am I?" Being a member of a particular clique provides one answer to tha

My Lifelong Journey With Depression

Heather Kerley | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Kerley

The more fiercely I love, the brighter and more beautiful the world can appear. However, each time I feel that joy and connectedness, the more I fear and mourn its loss, even while I still have it. It is in that empty pause that depression is born.

Teaching Mindfulness to Teenagers: 5 Ways to Get Started

Sarah Rudell Beach | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Sarah Rudell Beach

If we want students to take mindfulness seriously, they need to see it in action. They need to see us paying attention and handling challenges skillfully. Those millennial Holden Caulfields can spot a phony a mile away.

Stand on the Table!

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 10.20.2014 | Education
Ann V. Klotz

As this new school year begins, I am grateful for what Robin Williams gave, glad that his wit and generosity as John Keating inspire me this week to ask my 9th grade girls to stand on their desks to get another perspective on their world.

What Happened When My Daughter Asked For A Bra

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

I was not this cool about puberty when I was its target. Maybe it was Catholicism, maybe it was the '80s, but I did not look that business of growing up straight in the eyes.

Attachment Style and Brain Activity in Adolescents

Pascal Vrticka | Posted 09.30.2014 | Science
Pascal Vrticka

Could a teenager's attachment orientation (or attachment style) -- which is established early in life through interactions between children and their primary caregiver(s) -- potentially explain individual differences in how adolescents' brains process social-emotional information?

How Neil Young Saved Me During High School

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 09.29.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

Like most teenagers, music was my passion, and the music I loved defined me. Back when there were record players and 33 RPM albums with creatively rendered covers that opened like books, I collected and listened, read the liner notes and knew the words to hundreds of songs by heart.

Summer in the '70s: Teen Angst, New Friends and Rock and Roll

Tom Cramer | Posted 09.28.2014 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

Having attended the same public school since kindergarten, after 6th grade I had to move to a new town. I didn't want to hear about going back to school at all, knowing I had to start 7th grade at a Catholic school, where I didn't know anyone.

Why You Must Play With Your Teens

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 09.13.2014 | 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 09.11.2014 | 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 09.01.2014 | 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 08.26.2014 | 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 08.23.2014 | 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 07.29.2014 | 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.