Archive for September 2017

Banned Books Week is a great time to get adolescents reading and thinking

Banned Books Week is a great time to get adolescents reading and thinking
If you really want to get an adolescent’s attention, tell them they’re not allowed to do something. At this developmental stage, they are figuring out who they are (or want to be) and striving for independence; they’re almost hardwired to question authority. That’s why banned Books Week, which this year is September 24-30, is a perfect time... Read more »

Info for parents about the TBH app, the latest viral sensation among teens

Info for parents about the TBH app, the latest viral sensation among teens
The TBH app is currently the No. 1 free download on iTunes and it’s hugely popular with teenagers. To be doing that well on the iTunes charts means a lot of teens are downloading this app. TBH just launched in August, so it’s safe to say it’s spreading like wildfire. “TBH” stands for “To be honest.” Here’s what... Read more »

What to think about before reading another study

What to think about before reading another study
Science is awesome. Research is important. Insight is invaluable. I firmly believe those three statements. And, with those in mind, I think it’s also important that parents should stop and think before applying the findings of the latest study to their lives. It feels like there are countless headlines announcing what some study has found... Read more »
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7 great subscription boxes for teens and tweens - 2017 edition

7 great subscription boxes for teens and tweens - 2017 edition
Subscription boxes are a great gift option for tweens and teens. Kids love getting the mail and the element of surprise. Givers love that it’s tailored to the child’s interests and easy to give. They can also be a great way to connect with kids and serve as great conversation catalysts. I’ve done prior posts... Read more »

Thanks, Kristen Bell, for the master class on how to handle adversity

Thanks, Kristen Bell, for the master class on how to handle adversity
Last night, I read this article about Kristen Bell and I couldn’t shove my laptop in my teen’s face fast enough. “Read this!” I insisted. My daughter seemed surprised by the force and urgency that accompanied an article from People.com, but she didn’t argue and started to read. (In my defense, the story was picked... Read more »

Expert advice on handling tricky back-to-school social scenarios with your kids

Expert advice on handling tricky back-to-school social scenarios with your kids
Back to school brings a lot of questions from parents wondering how to help get their kids off to a good start socially. To address a few common questions and scenarios, please help me welcome Dr. Kortney Peagram and her team at Bulldog Solution, a provider of  student and teacher programs that aim to eradicate bullying through social boldness,... Read more »
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New study shows later school start times could lead to a $9 billion economic gain

New study shows later school start times could lead to a $9 billion economic gain
In Chicago and around the nation, kids are off to their first day of school today. The time at which school starts for middle and high schoolers is a big issue. I’ve talked about them here on the blog and on the Facebook page for years now, and I’ve learned that people feel really strongly about them.... Read more »