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Raising Teens

From Toddler to Teen in One Glance Out the Window

Maria Rodgers O’Rourke | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Maria Rodgers O’Rourke

I glanced out the kitchen window and the light caught my eye, warm and rosy on my neighbor's wall. Sunset. The sun's rays were shining through the barren winter trees, projecting a silhouette of our old swing set, still and frozen on the side yard.

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....

Sunrise, Sunset: A Son Rises

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

Once I knew everything about my children from their sleep habits to their favorite foods. Now I stand on the periphery watching them change and grapple with adulthood.

Turning 13

Claire Wapole | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Claire Wapole

As much as saddens me to admit it, all the moments I will ever have with my son as a little boy have already happened. All of his little boy life has been lived. There are no more little guy moments to be made. They are over.

What Does the Fox Say About Parenting Tweens and Teens?

Sarah Bamford Seidelmann | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Sarah Bamford Seidelmann

Foxes and other wild animals have been raising teens for eons. Their dependents learn to fly in the dark, adapt to shifting environments and feed themselves. If they can teach their teens/tweens to survive on this planet, you can too.

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.

How Our Society Raises Young Boys

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 03.26.2014 | Parents
Alexandra Rosas

Society may try at every turn to tell my children, through what they see, hear, and read, "This is how women are portrayed in our culture. Accept it, you can't change it." But in my small big way and in front of three boys who will one day be men, I can say, "No. No, we don't have to accept it."

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.

Parenting Through the Teenage Years

Rebecca Perkins | Posted 12.30.2013 | Parents
Rebecca Perkins

I have worked hard at being a parent. I have strong values and have always stood by these. They don't come from any religious foundation, they are simply my life values and the ones I have taught my children. Your values will no doubt be different to mine. We are all different.

6 Things Only The Parent Of A Teenage Girl Would Understand

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.30.2013 | Fifty

Years ago, when my then 8-year-old daughter was as sweet as sugar and my then 5-year-old son a holy terror, someone wise said to me "It all changes wh...

The 3 Words I've Come To Dread From My Teenage Son

Tanis Miller | Posted 10.15.2013 | Parents
Tanis Miller

Nothing bonds a parent with anxiety issues to their teenaged child more than being trapped inside a metal box with wheels, as your child hurtles you both closer to insanity or death all while trying to remember the rules of the road.

PHOTOS: Dads At The One Direction Concert Would Rather Be Anywhere Else

Posted 08.13.2013 | Parents

It takes a dedicated father to accompany his screaming, swooning daughter to a One Direction concert. But, if these dads could pick the direction they...

How My Son's Sleepaway Camp Helped Me Grow Up

Leslie Rasmussen | Posted 09.22.2013 | Parents
Leslie Rasmussen

Didn't I want my little boy to become a young man? I was so busy raising him that I never stopped to think about the day he was grown up and leaving for college.

How Young Teens Are Different From Older Millennials

Reuters | Posted 08.19.2013 | Parents

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK, June 19 (Reuters) - Young teenagers who make up the second wave of millennials, the generation that began...

Dear Sad Daughter In The Future

John Kinnear | Posted 07.13.2013 | Parents
John Kinnear

Old me is going to look at you and tell you I love you, and you're going to scream at me that your life is over and that I will never understand, and you're right about at least half of that. I probably won't ever understand you. But I did once. I promise.

Learning the Landscape of Parenthood

Andy Braner | Posted 06.03.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

Hey, let's be honest, There's no manual for raising teenagers. Sure, there's plenty of parenting books on the shelf at Barnes and Noble, but what happens when your kid decides not to follow the linear timeline your particular parenting favorite outlines?

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."

What Your Teens Really Think About Your Parenting Skills

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 04.22.2013 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Let's say you had a crystal ball and could go into the future and hear what your twenty-somethings have to say about your parenting during their teen years. Would you look into that crystal ball?

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.

An iPhone Contract From Your Mom

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

Failure to comply with the following list will result in termination of your iPhone ownership.

LOOK: Parents Post Embarrassing Picture On Daughter's Facebook As Punishment

Posted 10.25.2012 | Parents

The rise of social media has changed work, play -- and many aspects of parenting. For some moms and dads, it has even provided new ways to discipline....

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.

14 Simple Rules For Parenting A Teenager

Lisa Endlich Heffernan | Posted 09.24.2012 | Fifty
Lisa Endlich Heffernan

Parenting teens can be an emotional whirlwind and in the heat of the battle it is easy to forget lessons learned the hard way.

What Kind of Impact Are You Making on Your Kids?

Kathy Kaehler | Posted 07.07.2012 | Parents
Kathy Kaehler

What we do now as parents is going to play out in our kids' lives later on. I witnessed this in something that just happened with my teens.

Things I Hope I Never Have to Tell My Teenage Children

The Stir | Posted 04.23.2012 | Parents
The Stir

I remember when I was a teenager and I believed my mother didn't understand a thing about me. Now, of course, I realize what a confused, angry, mixed-up, total pain in the ass I was back then. I also realize my mother was the same age when she had me as I was when I had my first child.