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Grad Nation 2013

Catherine Okafor | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact
Catherine Okafor

People like Ebony come in everyone's life for a reason. For me, she serves as an inspiration to continue to fight for the youth in my community and worldwide.

How Pop Culture and Comedy Can Help Millennial Teens Ace the SAT

Jared Friedland | Posted 02.28.2013 | College
Jared Friedland

I've found that the most effective way to defuse test anxiety and boost scores is to coach students in a way they find appealing: with pop culture and comedy. Here are three tips if you or someone whose cell phone bill you pay is taking the SAT this spring.

Prosecutor Shaming: Berkshire, Massachusetts Second Assistant District Attorney Robert W. Kinzer III

Radley Balko | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

Mr. Kinzer thinks we must protect sexting teenagers from ruining their lives . . . by ruining their lives. As the head of the DA's computer cri...

Shut Out By Your Teen? Improve Your Bond With This Simple Step

Ann Rasmussen | Posted 04.29.2013 | Parents
Ann Rasmussen

Do you feel shut out by your teens? (What parents of teens DON'T?!) Are you anxious about what's really going on as they sweep past you to go hole up in their rooms? Are you angry at their hostile rejection of your concerned questions?

Why I Dislike Grounding Teens

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 04.28.2013 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Have you really seen anything positive result from this type of punishment? This type of punishment just drives a wedge between the parents and teens.

Hey, Let's YouTube Our Own Harlem Shake

Andy Braner | Posted 04.27.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

Unless you've been hiding from technology for the last few weeks, you're probably aware of the Harlem Shake phenomenon. As of today, over 125,000 videos came back when I searched Harlem Shake on YouTube. It seems everywhere I turn, there's another version popping up.

Afraid to Eat

Mary Pritchard | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Mary Pritchard

We, as a society, have got to change. This unhealthy focus on appearance has to stop. It's all pervasive -- every magazine, TV show, movie, video game seems to be just a disguise for a how-to guide on how we're supposed to look, feel, and act.

Dear Daughter, I Want You To Fail

Lyz Lenz | Posted 04.26.2013 | Parents
Lyz Lenz

Even at 2, my daughter is wary of risk. I'm constantly encouraging her to jump, leap and tip over all she can. I want her to push her limits, to ride the edge, even if that means falling and failing. Yes, I want my daughter to fail.

Are Your Kids Riding the En-tidal-ment Wave? Part 1

Beth Kobliner | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business
Beth Kobliner

As a parent, you're not alone if you find yourself in shock and awe over all the stuff your kids possess. I mean seriously, would you ever have imagined having that much when you were a kid?

Should Parents Tell Kids About Their Own Past, Umm, Indiscretions?

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 02.22.2013 | Fifty

Alright, so maybe you smoked a bit of weed in high school or college. Perhaps you even dabbled with something stronger. You want to tell your kids abo...

A Parent's (and All Boys') Worst Nightmare: Meet Lulu, the New Fast-growing Social Network for Girls

Silje Vallestad | Posted 04.24.2013 | Technology
Silje Vallestad

It only takes one girl with a Facebook account to put your son up for the global female population to rate his looks, humor, kisses, sexual performance, body and personality (although personality seems quite unimportant in the Lulu world).

12 Things Great Parents Do

Grown And Flown | Posted 04.22.2013 | Parents
Grown And Flown

Perfect parenting is a painful and elusive goal. Great parenting is within all of our grasps. Here are some of the things that great parents do.

Learning to be a Cheerleader

Andy Braner | Posted 04.21.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

Sometimes, I wonder if we protect our kids so much from a sense of failure, we never really give them opportunities to do GREAT things. Has your kid ever climbed a mountain? Have they ever rafted a difficult stretch of river? Have they worked and trained for something where THEY can get the accolade and not just you?

'How Can I Get My Kids to Listen?'

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 04.21.2013 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

I can't get my children to listen. No matter how many times I repeat something, they tune me out. Is there some secret to getting my kids to do what I ask without nagging?

Doctor's Advice: How to Talk With Your Kids About Sex

Intent | Posted 04.21.2013 | Parents
Intent

You need to have The Talk with your kid. And not just once but many times, slowly, over many years.

10 Benefits Of Having Teen Boys

Emily Cappo | Posted 04.18.2013 | Parents
Emily Cappo

Gone are the days when I was chasing my three active boys around the playground or wiping their chocolatey mouths. There are times when I long for the days when I could pick them up and kiss their pudgy cheeks. Yet, I've recently discovered that being a mom to teen boys has its benefits.

Why I Will Never Commit A Felony

Sherri Kuhn | Posted 04.17.2013 | Fifty
Sherri Kuhn

At first I assumed the Jury Summons was addressed to me, possibly my husband. I thought. I have so many projects booked up for the next several weeks, jury duty would be such an inconvenience. They probably serve bad coffee, too. And then I looked closer ... it was addressed to my son.

Just Love Them

Emily Mendell | Posted 04.16.2013 | Parents
Emily Mendell

At some point down the road, there will be a girl they love more than me. Or maybe just differently. And over the next few years, my job as a parent is to shepherd them through that process, all the while with my heart tethered to theirs.

Relational Trauma

Andy Braner | Posted 04.16.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

Students are afraid to fail. Parents are afraid to discipline. Students are becoming more apathetic. Parents are trying to push them to do more. Students are trying to find places where they can be in control.

California Student's Senior Project Documents 10 Coming Out Stories

Posted 02.14.2013 | Gay Voices

A California-based teen sent HuffPost Gay Voices his senior project, which tells the story of 10 gay men from the ages of 15 to 82. Devon Yaffe na...

Stalking, Oops I Mean Research, Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

Marissa Lepor | Posted 04.15.2013 | College
Marissa Lepor

Every time I open Facebook or scroll through Instagram, the type of photo that some people willingly post on the Internet shocks me, especially those of pre-teen and teenage girls in extremely seductive poses. I'm sure you've seen them.

How I Know I Made The Right Decision To Divorce

Jennifer Cullen | Posted 04.14.2013 | Divorce
Jennifer Cullen

Was I selfish, sacrificing my marriage for my happiness?

One More Thing Before You Go: Having The Talk' Before Your Child Leaves for College

Linda Wolff | Posted 04.10.2013 | Parents
Linda Wolff

It's not too early to have "The Talk." You know, the one about the birds and the bees, alcohol, drugs, parties, the buddy system at parties, boys, boys and safety, safety in numbers, safety in general, grades, classes, friends, roommates and laundry.

Lasting Peace

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Robert Koehler

No one "in charge" has a commitment to actual, holistic change -- you know, to the creation of a lasting peace -- because, whatever that might mean, it would be asking too much. What we need is transformation.

10 Things That Weren't Horrible About Being Teenagers

DJ Kalkutta | Posted 04.09.2013 | Entertainment
DJ Kalkutta

It goes without saying that the years surrounding puberty are a nightmare for most of us: Awkward, ever-changing bodies, cliques, rampant bullying, and overbearing parents make for an incredibly perplexing and sometimes painful period of life. But for us, certain prime pop culture real-estate saved the day and made these otherwise-unpleasant years not just bearable, but actually pretty damn fun in retrospect. Here's a collection of the cultural artifacts that kept us going when the coolest kids in the world.