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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.

Teenager's Body Found in Alaskan Village Presbyterian Church

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 04.08.2013 | Crime
Alaska Dispatch News

Alaska State Troopers are working to figure out what killed 13-year-old Mackenzie H. Howard, a teenaged girl from the Southeast village of Kake. The t...

Social Media, Mobile Devices and the Demise of Social Skills

Scott B. Piekarsky | Posted 04.06.2013 | Technology
Scott B. Piekarsky

You know what I mean. Your kids are the best example. Immersed in online dialogue with perhaps scores of friends and maybe on multiple devices at the ...

Talking to Teens Without Shouting, Getting Gored, or Losing a Finger

Holly Robinson | Posted 04.08.2013 | Parents
Holly Robinson

Do not startle a teen with sudden attempts at conversation when the animal is sleeping in its bed. Wait until your teen is up, showered and dressed before trying to talk about anything. These animals generally hibernate during daylight hours when they are between 12 and 20 years of age.

Easing Lunchtime Loneliness

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 04.07.2013 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Someone once coined the term "Imaginary Audience Syndrome" to aptly sum up the experience of a typical middle-schooler as he moves through his day, certain of being constantly evaluated by his peers about everything from the way he laughs to the color of his shoelaces.

Why Teenage Boys Are Biologically Wired to Stay Up, From Dr. Nancy Snyderman (WATCH)

Posted 08.14.2013 | MarloThomas

Did you know that there is a biological reason behind your teen's wacky sleep habits? Chief Medical Editor for NBC News Dr. Nancy Snyderman explained ...

How Your Teen Years Could Come Back To Haunt You

Posted 02.01.2013 | Weddings

A new study suggests that teens who get along well with their families are more likely to have successful future marriages. The study, published in...

BFFs Play Surprising Role In Teen Drinking, Study Shows

Posted 04.12.2013 | Science

By: Megan Gannon, News Editor Published: 01/30/2013 07:01 AM EST on LiveScience Best friends might play the biggest role in influencing when teens...

Why Buy When You Can Swap?

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 04.01.2013 | Green
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: Shira Golding/FlickrCC By Asha Richardson As a college student, I love this whole phenomenon of the “sharing economy." Th...

Do Kids Have the Chance to Be Kids Today?

Andy Braner | Posted 03.31.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

When my first son turned 6 years old, a new era began in our family. We were ushered quickly into the wonderful world of YMCA soccer. When you graduate from Gerber baby food to the fresh-cut grass pitch of the local Y soccer league, you're in for a treat.

The New Wave for Women and Girls: IN Mermaids, OUT Vampires

Brenda Peterson | Posted 03.25.2013 | Books
Brenda Peterson

It's not that I didn't like vampires; it's just that I didn't get why a woman would want her life's blood drained away to spend her eternal life with a dead man. Too much like some of my own relationships. Not my idea of romance.

The Thing That Propels Me In The Right Direction

D.J. Wilson | Posted 03.23.2013 | Fifty
D.J. Wilson

Join me today in reflecting on just where and who we are at this moment in our lives. Who or what has influenced you the most in your journey? The least?

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.

Video Games Hold No Answers

Paul Mones | Posted 03.19.2013 | Crime
Paul Mones

Restricting access to high-capacity weapons is a needed step, but we are deluding ourselves if we believe that any legislation curbing media violence in any of its forms will prevent future tragedies like Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Why Are More Teens Turning to Tumblr?

Sue Scheff | Posted 03.17.2013 | Parents
Sue Scheff

Over the past week, you may have seen the recent study by Posterous co-founder Gary Tan, which stated that more teens are on Tumblr than on Facebook or Instagram. So what is going on?

The Day I Decided to Send My Daughter to Rehab

Babble.com | Posted 03.16.2013 | Parents
Babble.com

I raced into the house and couldn't believe what I saw before me. My house had been burgled. Most of my valuables had been stolen and the place was a wreck. Presley looked strung out and hadn't even noticed things were missing.

What Woman Do You See In the Mirror?

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 03.30.2013 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

The other day, I got to see someone I hadn't seen in a long time -- the real me. It wasn't in a mirror, it was in the eyes of a 19-year-old boy at the supermarket checkout. Let me tell you, it was an eye-opener.

The Mythology Of Teen Boys 'Snapping'

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 03.11.2013 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Teen boys and other individuals who commit violent crimes do not simply snap. Rubber bands snap. People do not.

They Need to See the World

Andy Braner | Posted 03.09.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

One gift you can give your teenager before they graduate from high school is a bigger picture of the world. After all, it's only getting smaller.

What to Do if Your Child Is a Loner

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.09.2013 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Mostly sweet and sensitive, socially awkward kids quietly inhabit the fringes of our world. If they're lucky, they have one similarly-afflicted friend; someone to take the edge off the loneliness.

A Generation Without Friends

Andy Braner | Posted 03.06.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

A friend is no longer someone who rides with you on their bike down the street, they're the one who "liked" your photo.

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.

5 Out-of-the-Box New Year's Resolutions for Parents of Teens

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 03.04.2013 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Let's do something a little less boring and a little more fun this year with and for our teens. How about instead of resolving to scream less, to have more patience and to talk less negatively about their dads, we instead make resolutions that sound like fun?

How My Mother Helped Me Transition To An Empty Nest

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 03.02.2013 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

And so here we are, on the eve of the New Year -- a year that will be all about saying goodbye to the old way of doing things and hello to our new stage of life. A year in which I need to accept that the traditions that revolved around my children can evolve and yet still be meaningful and intimate.

Starting the New Year Right with Your Teen

Andy Braner | Posted 03.02.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

What if our New Year's Resolutions revolved around helping others achieve theirs? Stay with me for a second.