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The Word We Don't Want our Kids to Rely On

Jillayna Adamson | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Jillayna Adamson

We tell our kids and teenagers all the time that they are special. We do. We tell them they are unique and we work to boost their self-esteem. We want them to be propelled into the world thinking they have advantages over others because of who they are. But what are the downfalls?

When the Baby You Adore Becomes a Teenager

Kathy Radigan | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Unlike the deep bouts of doubt I once had over whether I was a good actor or singer, or the doubts I can have today over whether I'm a good writer, blogger, gardener or even friend, I don't have too many over my ability as a mother.

9 Back-to-School Tips To Avoid Flunking Fall

Debra Fine | Posted 10.06.2014 | Parents
Debra Fine

Because the summer usually offers many freedoms -- later nights, lazier mornings and space in between to just be a kid -- the structure of a fall schedule can be a bit jarring for the under-20 crowd.

Send your Kids Back to School With Confidence

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 10.05.2014 | Parents
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

Change is hard for everyone and we have to help our children through this change with positive self-talk and reminding them of all their positive virtues.

From 13 to 23: A Study in Artificial Maturity

Tim Elmore | Posted 10.05.2014 | Parents
Tim Elmore

Dr. Allen suggested that while they chase popularity, young teens miss a critical developmental period.

The Vital Component Often Missed When Heading Back to School

Michelle Bersell | Posted 10.05.2014 | Parents
Michelle Bersell

Going back to school is a huge transition for kids, mentally and emotionally. If they are entering a new school, whether that's middle school, high school, or college, it is an even bigger transition.

How To Help Your Teen Sleep As School Begins

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 10.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

School starts for John in a few weeks. He is now in a position to excel. It is my heartfelt hope that all children and teens will get the attention and support they need to sleep better and be at their best.

Springboard or Crisis? The 'Talent Show Experience'

David Kleeman | Posted 10.01.2014 | Entertainment
David Kleeman

When we place children into stressful situations for which they are developmentally unprepared, we take a huge risk with their psyches. At what age can a child truly give "informed consent"?

Problems Connecting with Your Teen? Try These Three Magic Words

Renee Jain | Posted 10.01.2014 | Parents
Renee Jain

Your children want to connect with you. They want to show you who they really are. They want to know that you understand what they're going through. Start your dialog with empathy so you can truly help them navigate emotional challenges.

Betting On Teens In Wearable Tech

Carrie Yury | Posted 09.30.2014 | Technology
Carrie Yury

Tapping into and extending imagination, and engaging social behavior, wearable technology for teens could have a huge impact on the teen-focused gaming and entertainment industries.

The Day I Stopped Hiding From Bullies

Ashley Allen | Posted 09.29.2014 | Women
Ashley Allen

How could I go back and face that lunch table with no ally, no disguise, no excuse to hide behind? I was always hiding, and I suddenly realized I was sick of it. Why should I hide, I thought, when none of this is my fault?

How Neil Young Saved Me During High School

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 09.29.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

Like most teenagers, music was my passion, and the music I loved defined me. Back when there were record players and 33 RPM albums with creatively rendered covers that opened like books, I collected and listened, read the liner notes and knew the words to hundreds of songs by heart.

Summer in the '70s: Teen Angst, New Friends and Rock and Roll

Tom Cramer | Posted 09.28.2014 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

Having attended the same public school since kindergarten, after 6th grade I had to move to a new town. I didn't want to hear about going back to school at all, knowing I had to start 7th grade at a Catholic school, where I didn't know anyone.

5 Expensive Mistakes Parents of a Teen Driver Should Avoid

Laura Adams | Posted 09.28.2014 | Parents
Laura Adams

Having a teenage driver is a hair-raising experience that can keep parents awake at night. And, as if that wasn't enough, parents also get hit with an enormous spike in their auto insurance premium after adding junior to their policy.

3 Words I Wish All Parents Would Remember

Michelle Rose Gilman | Posted 09.23.2014 | Parents
Michelle Rose Gilman

I know you think that all of your actions are in the best interest of your child, but I want to share some lessons learned in the hope that you stop doing some of those seemingly well-intentioned things. I was forced to stop. I hope you choose to.

The Road to Equality in Media... So Far

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 09.21.2014 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

The world has changed a lot in the past few decades, but gay men still face violence and abuse. Anyone cognizant of current events recognizes that we haven't come far enough in trans inclusiveness, and lesbians and bisexual people still get left out in the cold too often.

My 14-Year-Old Wants to Have Sex

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 09.21.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Help her make a choice she can later be proud of: one that reflects her understanding that sex is something very special and worth waiting for.

And Access for All: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.19.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week in Daily Giving, we continue making two seed grants every day to social change visionaries around the world. Please join us as a member of ...

Summer of Service Gives Boost to Jobseekers

Kerry Sullivan | Posted 09.20.2014 | Impact
Kerry Sullivan

Around this time of year, many young people are well into summer jobs. Taking advantage of time between school years, they're gaining skills and experience that can translate to future employment success.

My Double Life As The Child Of An Immigrant

Anna Caltabiano | Posted 09.17.2014 | Teen
Anna Caltabiano

In today's world, scenarios like this one are more than frequent. They're everywhere. Being born or living in a different country than the country your parents grew up in has become more and more regular.

Top 10 Things We Will Tell Our Daughters About Sex

Em & Lo | Posted 09.09.2014 | Women
Em & Lo

Writing about sex for the past 15 years has also given us plenty of time to think about how we'd like to raise our daughters, and how we will talk to them (and in some cases, are talking to them) about sex. Here are the top 10 things we want them -- eventually -- to know and understand.

Six Flags Summer

Mary Beth Holcomb | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents
Mary Beth Holcomb

The music blaring from the speakers made me feel as if the entire park had frozen since I'd last been there as a teenager, only to start up again as I walked through the gates.

I'm More Than Just 140 Characters Worth Of Hashtags

Jackson Barnett | Posted 09.08.2014 | Teen
Jackson Barnett

I'm going to save my labels for things that are the most important to me: things that are even more specific than "vegetarian," "photographer" or "musician."

11 Ways To Reclaim A Relaxing Summer For Your Family

Grown And Flown | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents
Grown And Flown

It's worth reminding ourselves that summer is a break from routine, after all, not a break from parenting.

It's Not a Race: A Letter to My Daughter Before College

Vicki Abeles | Posted 09.07.2014 | Education
Vicki Abeles

I'm proud of how bravely you've survived the one-size-fits-all pressure cooker that American high school has become. But now that you're preparing to go away to college, I only hope your university experience won't be more of the same.