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Adolescents

We, the Adolescents

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Photo: I.Rimanoczy As I was working on my research about the sustainability mindset -- and the global unsustainability of our current behaviors -- ...

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

I Believe In Talking To My Kids About Sex -- But This Pushed Me Over The Edge

Zanthe Taylor | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Zanthe Taylor

I can't accept any longer that crude sexual language, gestures and jokes are merely a harmless manifestation of pubescent development. We can and must educate and empower girls -- and boys -- to stand up to the language and behavior they will inevitably encounter.

Is It Too Late to Change My Boys?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

I don't believe it's ever too late for much of anything when it comes to raising children. Still, old habits die hard; especially when the person in question doesn't want to change. Here are some thoughts for generating more selflessness in your sons.

The Power Social Media Has Over Teen Lives

Patrick Hess | Posted 09.12.2014 | Media
Patrick Hess

When setting up for a live video stream of a rehearsal for Spencer Kane's summer tour in the studio at Remedy Live in Fort Wayne, Indiana, he and I to...

We Can't Ignore Adolescent Reproductive Health

Kathy Calvin | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Kathy Calvin

Simply put: When we ignore the sexual and reproductive health of adolescent girls, they suffer, their families suffer, and their communities suffer.

Urgent Need to Protect HS Football Players From Brain Injury

Leigh Steinberg | Posted 08.23.2014 | Sports
Leigh Steinberg

Football will never be injury free, but we can act now to make it safer. Parenting is our most critical role on this earth -- we need to protect the most vulnerable youth.

Curbing America's Homework Habit, California Parents Press School to Stop the Homework Madness

Vicki Abeles | Posted 08.17.2014 | Education
Vicki Abeles

Nationwide, adolescents and teens are routinely grinding through 10- or 12-hour days. They're sacrificing a decent night's sleep, exercise, family time, a social life, and spare moments to simply read, invent, dream, or explore--everything that's essential to a growing mind

Use Your Powers For Good, Kid

Jesse Michener | Posted 08.03.2014 | Parents
Jesse Michener

The person who can't own a mistake and pay the consequences is so terrified at the thought of failure he'll do anything to keep it as far away from him as possible, often at the expense of others.

What to Do When My Child Lies? 13 Ways to Respond, Prevent, and Strengthen Honest Communication

Miriam Mason Martineau | Posted 08.02.2014 | Parents
Miriam Mason Martineau

When parents discover their children are lying to them, they are usually filled with keen dismay, sometimes incredulity, puzzlement or anger, and underneath it all, always, in my experience, with sadness.

Stuck in the Middle with You: Parenting Your Teen After Graduation

KidsInTheHouse.com | Posted 08.02.2014 | Parents
KidsInTheHouse.com

Parenting an 18-year-old who is about to gain tremendous freedom and responsibility, but who is still living under your roof, can be understandably tumultuous.

American Youth Are Bombarded By E-Cigarette Ads

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2014 | Business

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The amount of television advertising for electronic cigarettes that American adolescents saw jumped...

What Our Kids Could Figure Out -- If We Could Get Out of the Way

Michael Mulligan | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Michael Mulligan

Give kids back their youth, and let them learn the joy of movement and friendship and fairness without your butting in. Our children can do this, but our constant adult oversight keeps them from learning how.

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.

The Exhausting Truth About Teens and Sleep

KidsInTheHouse.com | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
KidsInTheHouse.com

Parenting teenagers is no easy feat. You worry about drugs, grades, sports, sex, college acceptance, peer pressure, bullying... there's probably not m...

'What Advice Would You Give to a Room Full of Parents?'

Mark Redmond | Posted 06.25.2014 | Parents
Mark Redmond

The most powerful and important thing a parent can do for a child is to BELIEVE in that child, and to express that. To believe in that child's abilities, believe in their essential goodness, believe in his or her capability to reach their potential, in all different ways.

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.

6 Ways That Adolescent Grief Is Different

Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D.

Grieving adolescents are often left to fend for themselves or are offered support from counselors outside their community immediately after an event. Such support may be unwelcome, particularly by adolescents.

Youth Help Little Victims of Plight

Suna Senman | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Suna Senman

As little victims of plight, the children miss out on natural development through play and education. These children need the same care and security as any child in the world.

Guiding Teens: How Much Is Too Much?

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 06.11.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

Many of the emotions and tasks of becoming independent are revisited when our children experience their teen years. They become self-centered and struggle with understanding new experiences and integrating them into their knowledge of who they are.

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 I Care About Drug and Alcohol Use

Theodore Caputi | Posted 05.25.2014 | College
Theodore Caputi

Substance use is one of the most important public health issues of our time, and yet stigmatization impedes progress at every turn.

10 Reasons Why We Need Research Literacy, Not Scare Columns

David Kleeman | Posted 05.11.2014 | Healthy Living
David Kleeman

First and foremost, why jump straight to banning? Handheld devices are the "Swiss Army Knife" of modern life: a safety device to keep in contact with family and friends, a camera for documenting the world, a window to connect with grandparents across miles.

Interview with Jane Fonda on Her New Book About "Being a Teen"

Marianne Schnall | Posted 05.10.2014 | Books
Marianne Schnall

Helping teens has been a longtime passion of Fonda's, and learning about their needs, problems and questions compelled her to write her comprehensive new book, for which she consulted with a variety of additional resources and experts.