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Raising Teenagers

6 Things Only The Mother Of A Teenage Boy Would Understand

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.21.2014 | Fifty

I have both a son and a daughter and can say this with 100 percent certainty: In my case, it's been two totally different parenting experiences. From ...

5 Things I Never Want To Hear My Teenagers Say

Shelley Emling | Posted 04.13.2014 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

When I asked a good friend whether there's anything she regrets saying in front of her teenager, she responded "pretty much everything I've ever said....

For My Teenage Sons: Lessons From Super Bowl XLVIII

Valerie DeLoach | Posted 04.08.2014 | Parents
Valerie DeLoach

The Super Bowl and the weeks leading up to the big game gave us plenty of material to discuss with the boys.

Gradually Growing Up

Jennifer Cullen | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Cullen

You're always saying "Stay together, even if one of you has to go to the bathroom. Don't talk to strangers. And most definitely, don't be lured by the promise of candy or puppies. Or a Frappucino."

The Radical Thing This Parent Did Last Weekend

Shelley Emling | Posted 03.30.2014 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

Last weekend, I did something radical. Not radical as in going from blonde to brunette to pink and then back to blonde again. But radical nonetheless. I spent an entire evening compiling contact information for all the parents of my 13-year-old daughter's closest friends.

An Open Letter to My Daughter, Who Will (Someday) Ask For Her First 'Real' Tattoo

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

I cannot imagine how many times you have wanted to do something long before your father and I were ready to let you do it, nor can I imagine the young woman you would be if I could.

How I Finally Realized What My Son (And I) Needed

Brain, Child | Posted 03.15.2014 | Parents
Brain, Child

Just like anyone, I know my son needs physical affection. The trouble is, he's a 10-year-old boy and doesn't know where to get it.

The Case Against Monitoring Teens Online

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 01.29.2014 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Parents have nosed around in their kids' lives ever since the invention of the telephone, but these days, technology has taken the spying game to an entirely new level with multiple points of entry, from Facebook and Twitter to Instagram, Vine, and Tumblr.

6 Ways To Survive Your Teenage Daughter

Posted 11.19.2013 | OWN

Lara Fox and Hilary Frankel, authors of Breaking the Code: Two Teens Reveal the Secrets to better Parent-Child Communication, give us their best a...

Can't You Just Text Me?

Dr. Robert M. Myers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Dr. Robert M. Myers

If you want to make an impression today, put your phone away when you are at a social function. If someone invites you to dinner, focus on that person, not your phone. If you are invited to someone's home, leave your phone in the car and engage in some conversation.

4 Things They Never Tell You About Parenthood

Shelley Emling | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

Just over a month ago, my oldest child left home for his freshman year of college. My husband drove him the four and a half hours it takes to get to Boston from our house. Since I had already visited the university twice -- and knew I'd find it tough to keep my emotions in check-- I didn't go. Instead, I cried.

The Vulgar Face of Purity Culture

Anne Almasy | Posted 11.16.2013 | Women
Anne Almasy

What purity teaching did for me was distill me down to my body. The core of purity culture was that my mind didn't matter, my personality didn't matter, my dreams and desires and goals didn't matter -- if my shorts were too short.

Gap Year Is the New Education

Andy Braner | Posted 11.10.2013 | College
Andy Braner

I'm so excited for the class of 2014 as they engage in learning important leadership skills, invest in global business, education, and health care, and become the leaders of tomorrow who can make a difference in the world by knowing the world's problems and wresting through real solutions as they pursue higher education.

'My Kids Are Not Happy To See Me Anymore'

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 10.08.2013 | Fifty
Laura Berman Fortgang

One 16 year old and a set of twins coming up fast on their 13th birthday: They want freedom, they earn some money and they don't want to be with me all the time. I'm on the back nine of my kids being kids.

Father To Son

Steve Pemberton | Posted 09.22.2013 | Black Voices
Steve Pemberton

Here, on your 13th birthday, it's time for The Talk. No, not the one about the birds and bees. We've had that one. The other one-about what it means to be a young, black male in this country.

4 Summer Camps We'd Like To Ship Our Kids Off To

nickmom | Posted 06.06.2013 | Parents

Written by Shari Simpson for NickMom Don’t get us wrong. We love that our kids learn about sailing, basketball and arts and crafts at summer cam...

Talking to My Teen Daughter Without Words

Jennifer Cullen | Posted 08.03.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Cullen

She poked her head out from behind the person in front of her, looking for me. We locked eyes and she gave me that sweet, sweet smile. The one that I know. The one that's just for me. The one that says, "Hey Mom."

Why Teens Are Either Ignorantly Dumb Or Purposefully Stupid

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 07.02.2013 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

'Did I ever tell you I almost died in this pond, Mom?' my son asked as we were having a lovely walk in the woods near my home. It is fun to shock a parent who believes their kid is close to perfect. I have shocked my own mother of course about the things I did when I was young -- and just like her, it turns out I was sometimes clueless.

Walking The Parenting Tightrope

Jennifer Cullen | Posted 06.05.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Cullen

Luckily, the more I walk on the parenting tightrope, the more confident I am that I'll be able to stay centered. It's not like I have a choice. There's no way I'm going to fall and fail my daughter. I am her rock, her home base, her safety. I am her mother.

7 Things You Should Never Say To Your Teenager

Shelley Emling | Posted 06.01.2013 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

There's a certain question that's guaranteed to get you a one-word answer like "good" or "fine."

Is It A Parent's Right To Read Their Kid's College Essay?

Shelley Emling | Posted 04.27.2013 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

About six months ago, an unspeakable evil entered our house -- the college essay process. Until then, we'd always been a fairly typical family, neither sensational or completely unremarkable. Just typical, with three kids, a dog, a cat and a fish named Nini. But that was before the Essay. Oh, the Essay.

15 Comes In Many Sizes

Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.22.2013 | Parents
Ann Brenoff

I told my daughter that 15-year-olds, like 63-year-olds, come in lots of different shapes and sizes. We all get to the same place, even if we arrive at different times.

Week 1 of Resolving to 'Post-it' for 365 Days

Greg Barrett | Posted 03.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Greg Barrett

Both of my kids have huge hearts and engaging minds. But those descriptions are vague, trite. If I hope to get a year's worth of material, I need to be specific. I need anecdotes and things to praise. I need an open mind and eyes that stay open. I need to pay better attention.

Wishing My Kids Were Little (Temporarily)

Jennifer Cullen | Posted 12.12.2012 | Parents
Jennifer Cullen

I get it. I have parents too. And, many years ago, I was also a teenager. So I'm fine with that. But if she ever wanted to hold my hand, I would let her.

Advice For Teenagers: Old Words Take On New Meaning With Judge's Advice

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 08.14.2012 | Parents

Whether you agree with the advice or not, some no-nonsense words directed at teenagers have drawn the attention of parents and youth alike after going...