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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.

A Future Stuck in the Pipeline

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.04.2013 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

The time has come to declare an end to this entire era -- of militarized racism, violent solutions to everything. Ending violence in our communities is a realistic focal point and immediately draws our attention to our bedeviled, militarized public education system.

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."

Fighting Teen Pregnancy With Peer Influence

Catherine M. Abate | Posted 05.31.2013 | New York
Catherine M. Abate

To effectively encourage teens to make the right decisions about sex, their relationships, and their health, we need to expand our strategies to include more teen-to-teen education.

PHOTO: How Teen Girls Had Fun In 1921

Posted 03.30.2013 | Women

We're all daydreaming of warmer weather. Sitting outside! Eating lunch in the sun! Bringing back bathing suits! So when we came across this picture...

Ending Violence in a Decade

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.28.2013 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

Yes, now is the time to choose our future, so let us choose one that transcends the insanity and sheer stupidity of violent behavior. This requires personal empowerment. It also requires collective empowerment.

Tweet, Text, or Talk? Decisions for a New Way of Living

Andy Braner | Posted 05.27.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

I'm finding more and more teenagers don't have "hang out places" anymore, they've found their tribe of friends on social media and smart phones. Looking someone in the eye is a foreign concept for a new generation of emerging adults.

My First Love Was a Sexual Predator

Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D. | Posted 05.18.2013 | Crime
Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D.

I noticed him leaning up against the door jamb as I entered the kitchen. He was tall, wore a white t-shirt and Levis and had his left ear pierced. He told me it was his 29th birthday. After a guessing game of how old I was, I revealed that I was 13.

What Marissa Mayer and Shia LaBeouf Can Teach Parents

Annabelle Gurwitch | Posted 05.15.2013 | Parents
Annabelle Gurwitch

As my teenage son has told me, he too is relying on telecommuting to realize his current goal in life. He gets lonely in his home office, aka his smelly sock-strewn bedroom as well.

Victor Rivers Connects

Dennis Danziger | Posted 05.15.2013 | Impact
Dennis Danziger

In this age of obsessive testing, it's clear to me that students sometimes need to get out of their classrooms in order to learn something that can't be graded but might just stick, something that will make a difference in the world we are creating together.

The Mind Games of Mothering a Teenage Daughter

Mara Shapiro | Posted 05.14.2013 | Parents
Mara Shapiro

When you have a baby, you imagine it gets easier as they get older. That by the time they are nearly 19, they won't have the ability to make you doubt yourself. But today I had a day where it was hard to remember the good parenting moments.

The TED of All Things

Michael K. Powell | Posted 05.13.2013 | Technology
Michael K. Powell

Our generation may have invented the Internet, but we're merely stewards of its possibilities. Until a generation that knows no different takes the reigns and shows us the true power of what we've created, its full potential will be unknown.

Spring Break Woes: My Kid is Too Old for Camp

Quia Querisma | Posted 05.12.2013 | Parents
Quia Querisma

I miss the days when I could send them to camps to occupy their little minds and bodies all day. They've since aged out of camps and now they're home all day, vegging out on school breaks. What exactly does one do with big kids on spring break? Allow me to share my theories:

Chicago Play Features Real Stories Of Youth Violence

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.11.2013 | Chicago
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: Steppenwolf Theater (Left to right: Pastor Brooks (Mark Smith) comforts a grieving mother (Celeste Williams) and her son (Charles Gardn...

What If Daylight Savings Actually Meant Saving Time?

Janie Emaus | Posted 05.07.2013 | Fifty
Janie Emaus

One minute you're walking down the aisle wearing a silk gown for a big ceremony, and the next you're being wheeled down the corridor wearing a paper gown for a colonoscopy.

Do You Feel Like You're The Only Parent Spinning Out Of Control?

Andy Braner | Posted 05.04.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

I believe there are steps to getting off the rat wheel of parental stress, but we all have to join together and stop trying to out perform each other. Rest. Relax. Take a Deep Breath. The world is still spinning. The sun is probably going to come up tomorrow. And everything is going to be OK.

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.