Archive for May 2017

Summer reading list for teens: 8 great books that will suck readers in

Summer reading list for teens: 8 great books that will suck readers in
Want to encourage your teen to read this summer? Help them find books that they really enjoy, and let them read just for pleasure. No tests, no papers, just great stories. You can find some great stories in the books on this summer reading list for teens. These recently released eight books for teens appeal to a... Read more »

Tips for reducing the drama and increasing the fun with your teen this summer: A Q&A with Colleen O'Grady

Tips for reducing the drama and increasing the fun with your teen this summer: A Q&A with Colleen O'Grady
When you are the parent of a teen, the fantasy of summer break includes both laughs shared in the sunshine and industrious kids getting work done. Often, reality is a bit different. That disconnect can lead to  family drama, which is no one’s idea of a good way to spend the summer. Here to offer help to parents... Read more »

Advice from the experts on having a great summer with your teens and tweens

Advice from the experts on having a great summer with your teens and tweens
Summer is coming and some schools are already wrapping up the school year, including my teen’s high school. Parents of tweens and teens often feel a mix of relief, excitement and trepidation, all of which is understandable. Whatever you’re feeling, the articles below offer advice from the experts on having a great summer with your teens... Read more »
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What parents need to know about caffeine consumption by adolescents

What parents need to know about caffeine consumption by adolescents
My local Starbucks is often full of teens. With finals around the corner, it’s not unusual to see high schoolers with energy drinks in their hands. Caffeine usage by adolescents has more than doubled since 1980, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.  Caffeine is cool in the eyes of adolescents, and while they may think it is harmless,... Read more »

PSA for parents: Talk to your kids about sharing images of you online

PSA for parents: Talk to your kids about sharing images of you online
A friend recently ended a fun night at a neighbor’s home with a rousing sing along to Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,” complete with swaying because really, is there any other way? The next morning, my friend received a text about her exuberant performance from a relative. She was confused. How did the relative know what... Read more »

Valuable advice for parents about adolescent friendships

Valuable advice for parents about adolescent friendships
Friendships can be tricky to navigate at any age, but they are especially so during adolescence. For many kids, friendships during middle school are difficult, but high school friendships can also have a fair number of challenges. Like most things with teens, friendships are usually ever-changing, complicated, and full of learning experiences. They are typically... Read more »
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Inspiring quotes about failure and why you shouldn't fear it

Inspiring quotes about failure and why you shouldn't fear it
Taking risks is hard. That’s true at any age, but seems to be especially true in middle and high school.  One reason why is because adolescents have an “imaginary audience,” which is how psychologists label the belief of tweens and teens that everyone is watching them. For many teens, it feels as if everyone is not just observing but also judging... Read more »