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A Letter From Our Pre-Teen Selves (Loving Our Ugly Ducklings)

Anthony Meindl | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Anthony Meindl

Your chubby teen self whom you felt ashamed of? She was also dynamic and witty. Your gay teen self you felt was a curse? He was also sensitive and intuitive. Your nerd teen self who seemed so odd? She was also funny and caring.

If Life Is a Game, What Are the Rules?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 11.21.2014 | Education
Stuart Muszynski

The students who make up the poverty and homeless statistics that some suburbanites look at dispassionately, shaking their heads while proclaiming, "Not in America!" -- these kids want to succeed.

Why Not So Serious?

Morgan Levy | Posted 11.21.2014 | Teen
Morgan Levy

There is a fine blurred line between humor and taking it too far, a line which members of our society today continue to cross.

Hold My Hand A Little Longer

Susannah Lewis | Posted 11.20.2014 | Parents
Susannah Lewis

Will this sweet boy who often rests his blonde head on my shoulder someday shut me out? Will the very sight of my face and the sound of my voice make his stomach churn? Will we become strangers? Will the teenage version of my son despise me?

The Three Most Important Questions You Can Ask Your Teenager

Michael Mulligan | Posted 11.20.2014 | Education
Michael Mulligan

he millennials are accomplishing great things. But too many of them look inside only to peer into a void that we, at least in part, have helped to create. In our efforts to push our kids ahead, we have forgotten to ask why pushing ahead is important in the first place.

Suicide: A Shocking Statistic That We Need to Get to the Bottom Of

Kristan Braziel | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact
Kristan Braziel

What is happening in the male brain that's causing them to think that ending their life is the right decision? Is it all just chemical? Is this a nature vs. nurture situation? Is it cultural: Are we raising our boys all wrong? Why can't we really get the same insurance coverage for mental health care?

Teen Surfer Escapes Monster Wave, Proves She's A Total Badass

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 11.19.2014 | Teen

Nazaré, Portugal, is home to some of the biggest waves in the world and attracts only the most experienced, fearless surfers -- we're talking world r...

Heroic Teen Trained In CPR Jumps Into Action, Saves Infant's Life At Walmart

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 11.18.2014 | Good News

A high school senior in Missouri is being called a hero today, and not just because she recently enlisted in the National Guard. Abby Snodgrass, 17...

How to Help Teens Reduce Stress in High-Anxiety Times and Always

Emma Adam | Posted 11.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Emma Adam

It's college application season, and millions of high school seniors across the nation are coping with the stress of writing application essays, filling out scholarship and financial aid forms and worrying if they will be admitted to the school of their choice.

The Best Way To Learn Tolerance? Raise A Teenager

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 11.14.2014 | Parents
Edwin Leap, MD

Tolerance is the word we now use to say, "you have to agree with my views." However, as one sees with teenagers, tolerance in truth means to disagree, but to respect. And in its highest, most beautiful incarnation, to disagree and yet love.

10 Hilariously Bad Pieces Of Retro Sex Ed Advice For Teens

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 11.17.2014 | Teen

Sex ed is pretty awkward, but sex ed of the past was apparently even worse. Parents and teachers have always been generally lousy when it comes to...

The Transition Parent

Darah Zeledon | Posted 11.11.2014 | Parents
Darah Zeledon

I am a mere five years away from launching my firstborn into the real world and am just over a decade from becoming an empty-nester -- my youngest of the five is 6-years-old. There is no official term for this phase of parenting, no cute label; I'm smack-dab in the middle -- in no-man's land.

13 Important Things To Remember Before You Freak Out About The SAT

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 11.07.2014 | Teen

News flash: the SAT is not fun -- but you already knew that. Taking the test can be really stressful and it can feel like the be-all and end-all o...

Can a Teen Die of Embarrassment?

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 11.06.2014 | Parents
Alexandra Rosas

How many teens actually die of embarrassment anyway? And you can't count the time I went to pick up the pizza in my pajama bottoms and his dad's winter boots. When you're 16 years old, the answer is every day, and every time, your mother is near you, living and breathing.

3 Ways I Regularly Invade My Teenager's Privacy

Carin Kilby Clark | Posted 11.06.2014 | Parents
Carin Kilby Clark

I review his text messages, call log, photo album and notes. When I see something questionable, I ask him to explain (in a non-accusatory tone) and we engage in very productive conversations.

Uncoddled: Portraits of America's 'Luckiest Generation'

Ben Cosgrove | Posted 11.04.2014 | Arts
Ben Cosgrove

If there's one thing we humans like to do, it's label ourselves and one another. Sometimes those labels are quite obviously laudatory ("The Greatest G...

How to Get a Bikini Body Without Buying a Bikini Body Plan

Erin Reghenzani | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Erin Reghenzani

When I say bikini body, what comes to mind? Maybe a before and after shot, like the ones that clog up your newsfeed? I see a lot of clients fall into...

What It Means to Seize Your Youth

Lauren Jessen | Posted 11.03.2014 | College
Lauren Jessen

There is no "right" way to seize your youth, as everyone's path is different. You are as young as you'll ever be in this very moment, so whatever age you are, don't just seize the day, seize your youth.

Trick-or-Treating Teens

Julie Cole | Posted 10.30.2014 | Parents
Julie Cole

We all enjoy holidays more when we just sit back and don't sweat the small stuff.

Playing Along to Stay Alive: Surviving Molestation

Oral Fixation | Posted 10.29.2014 | Arts
Oral Fixation

Because of what happened to me that night, I understand why people who've been molested are sometimes afraid to speak up. And that's why I tell this story -- for me and for them.

Talking To Teens About Sex: Don't Forget the STD Story

Suzanne Clores | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Clores

It's not particularly hard to understand why. While most parents are happy to share stories about victories or conflicts they encountered as a child, many believe their sex life is private, and not storytelling material.

What to Do About a Stressed-Out Teen

Tim Elmore | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
Tim Elmore

A new report was just released, unveiling a study of adolescents and stress. It's eye-opening. I realize I've written on this topic already, but I con...

Letting Go Is a Lot Harder the Third Time Around

Amy Byrnes | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
Amy Byrnes

They do this, kids. They start out making you weak at the knees with the love you feel for them -- their tiny little fingers and sweet-smelling heads -- and then push you to the brink of homicide after a few short years of incessantly asking, "Why?" and "Why not?"

Dads, Step It Up For Your Teens

Todd Kestin | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
Todd Kestin

You're busy with work and life, we know. But put it down for a minute. Stop what you're doing, close your computer, and put attention on your teen. We all know that teens want to be more independent and to move away from their parents, but at the same time they know dad will be there for them. Always!

The No. 1 Reason Teens Keeps the Faith as Young Adults

David Briggs | Posted 10.29.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Mothers and fathers who practice what they preach and preach what they practice are far and away the major influence related to adolescents keeping the faith into their 20s, according to new findings from a landmark study of youth and religion.