Archive for April 2017

New study finds surprising number of teens take breaks from social media

New study finds surprising number of teens take breaks from social media
A new study released today found that despite stereotypes about teens being glued to their devices around the clock, teens can and do take social media breaks. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Chicago surveyed 790 American teenagers between the ages of 13 to 17 and published the results... Read more »

Why teens should see the video of William, Kate and Harry discussing mental health

Why teens should see the video of William, Kate and Harry discussing mental health
Not all teens are royal watchers, but hopefully many of them will watch the video released today by Prince William, Princess Kate, and Prince Harry for the Heads Together mental health campaign. The campaign aims to end the stigma around mental health with the goal of “help[ing] people feel much more comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing and... Read more »

9 ways for families to go green this Earth Day

9 ways for families to go green this Earth Day
With Earth Day coming up on April 22, here are some ways that teens can go green this Earth Day and help take care of the planet. In addition to protecting our planet and its resources, these actions often have the added benefit of lowering some bills. That’s a win-win! – When finished charging your phone... Read more »
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Where can you expand your kids' horizons and skills for free? The library

Where can you expand your kids' horizons and skills for free? The library
As a parent, I want to both give my teen the perspective she needs to know just how much this big world has to offer and the skills to take advantage of all those endless opportunities. Do you know where I can do that for free? The local library. As Albert Einstein said, “The only... Read more »

Information parents should know about Netflix's 13 Reasons Why

Information parents should know about Netflix's 13 Reasons Why
The series 13 Reasons Why on Netflix is hugely popular among teens. It is based on the bestselling novel, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, that came out in 2007. Netflix summarizes the show saying “[a]fter a teenage girl’s perplexing suicide, a classmate receives a series of tapes that unravel the mystery of her tragic choice.” Here’s some of... Read more »

What your teen needs to understand to be a smart social media user & consumer

What your teen needs to understand to be a smart social media user & consumer
Streaks are hugely powerful on social media. Your teens can tell you all about how important they are, especially on Snapchat. I picked my daughter up from a weekend retreat today and kids were talking about how the fact that they were willing to give up their streaks evidences how much they really wanted to attend. It’s... Read more »
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Some favorite recent pieces on parenting adolescents

Some favorite recent pieces on parenting adolescents
Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite recent pieces on parenting adolescents. Hope you enjoy them! Please feel free to share links to pieces you’ve liked in the comments. You can never have too many good pieces to read, right? How Can Teenagers Know Everything And Nothing? by Annabel Monaghan in Grown & Flown... Read more »

Dear Evan Hansen: A great musical for teens and their parents

Dear Evan Hansen: A great musical for teens and their parents
Teens trying to find their way and feeling out of place. Parents feeling uncertain of how to connect and best raise their adolescent children. Social media posts taking on a life of their own and being less than accurate. Sounds like a typical house on a typical day, right? But actually, these are themes from the new hit Broadway musical Dear... Read more »