Archive for June 2017

10 Things a Mom Wishes She Had Known about Teenage Depression

10 Things a Mom Wishes She Had Known about Teenage Depression
In 2015, an estimated 3 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in the past year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. If it hasn’t impacted your family, chances are remarkably high that depression has or will impact a family you know. I’m very grateful... Read more »

3 thoughtful articles that made me look at my teen differently

3 thoughtful articles that made me look at my teen differently
I love that there are smart people who write helpful pieces and publish them online. They help make me a more informed person and a better parent. I like passing along my favorites in the hopes that you may find some of them helpful, too. I’ve recently read a few thoughtful articles that made me... Read more »

Harry Potter was published 20 years ago today! 12 fun ways to celebrate

Harry Potter was published 20 years ago today! 12 fun ways to celebrate
Happy anniversary, Harry Potter! Twenty years ago today, on June 26, 1997, the first Harry Potter book by J.K. Rowling was first published. It was called Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and the named changed to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when it was released in the U.S. The novel worked a lot of... Read more »
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Life is hard: Advice for teens in exactly 3 words

Life is hard: Advice for teens in exactly 3 words
I’m always looking for fun ways to communicate with my family. When I saw a little light box in the store this week, I couldn’t resist. I started playing around with it and quickly realized that many of life’s most important lessons can be boiled down to just three words. Here are some of my... Read more »

Snapchat launches Snap Map to facilitate location sharing - what parents need to know

Snapchat launches Snap Map to facilitate location sharing - what parents need to know
Today, Snapchat launched Snap Map, a new feature that shares users’ locations with friends in real time. Each person’s locate is identified with an Actionmoji. Snapchat says on its blog that the feature will permit users to “[s]ee what’s happening, find your friends, and get inspired to go on an adventure!” Here’s what parents need to know: – Users... Read more »

Ways to get teens moving after study finds they are as sedentary as 60-year-olds

Ways to get teens moving after study finds they are as sedentary as 60-year-olds
Teens and 60-year-olds may not have a ton in common, but a recent study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that their activity rates are similar. “Activity levels at the end of adolescence were alarmingly low, and by age 19, they were comparable to 60-year-olds,” said the study’s senior author, Vadim Zipunnikov, assistant... Read more »
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6 easy things that parents can do to help their kids have a great summer experiences

6 easy things that parents can do to help their kids have a great summer experiences
There are several steps parents can take to help tweens and young teens get off to a great start at their activities this summer. Whether your kids are heading off to day camp, a new volunteer experience, summer school, or another opportunity, these are small, easy things that parents can do to help their kids have a great summer... Read more »

Parenting advice from the aquarium: What I didn't expect but needed to hear

Parenting advice from the aquarium: What I didn't expect but needed to hear
Parenting wisdom sometimes appears in the most random of places. This week, I was more than a little surprised to be feeling like the parenting powers that be were speaking to me in the middle of the aquatic show at the Shedd aquarium. I expected to love the leaping dolphins and the adorable waddling penguins,... Read more »