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Posted Aug. 4, 2015, 8 a.m. by The TeenLife Experts | View Comments
texting and driving

Let’s just pretend for a moment you are driving down a busy highway going, say, 55 miles mph. And now let’s pretend I ask you to close your eyes for at least five seconds – or about the time it would take you to go the length of a football field. That would be insane, right? Startling statistics on texting while driving Well, according to a 2009 U.S. government report, that’s about how long your eyes are away from the road when you check a text and drive. And a 2013 Virginia Tech survey found that you could be distracted ...

Posted Aug. 3, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
How to Use Pinterest to Find a Scholarship

If you’re not using Pinterest to search for and locate scholarships, you’re neglecting a valuable tool. Pinterest is not only a search tool, but an organizational tool as well. You can use boards to pin detailed scholarship information and organize them according to type, deadline, or age. Using the guided search tool In 2014, Pinterest added a new search feature to help users better navigate the pins on the site. This allows users to filter their search by adding specific filters relevant to the original search term. For example, searching for “scholarships” provides filters like “weird,” “easy,” “unusual,” “for juniors," ...

Posted July 31, 2015, 8 a.m. by The TeenLife Experts | View Comments
5 ways teens can rock their summer

Summer – some days it rocks and some days, well, it just seems to go on forever. So maybe this isn’t exactly the summer of your dreams. Maybe that beach romance isn’t going to happen or your job stinks or your baseball team is at the bottom of the league. No worries. There’s still time to save your summer, to turn it around and use the time wisely and proactively – or at least to have one adventure to brag about when school starts. Here are some ideas to start. Want more ideas? Sign up to be a TeenLife member ...

Posted July 30, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Keep your student safe on college campus

Although the thought of your child going away to college elicits feelings of pride and anticipation, it might also evoke concern about violence on college campuses. But rather than just worry, this should prompt you to investigate the security and safety of your child’s prospective colleges and to have a chat with your student. Also you can check campus security at the website of the federal Jeanne Cleary Act, which requires campuses receiving federal aid to report crimes and have certain security procedures in place. What to Ask the College Before you send your teen off to any college, have ...

Posted July 29, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rowena Lindsay | View Comments
first-timers-guide-managing-your-finances

It is never a good feeling to check your bank account and realize you have way less money that you thought you did. First, there is the sinking feeling when you see that there is less in the total balance than there used to be. Then, panic sets in, followed by regret. What did I spend all that money on? So whilte you are in high school, get into the habit of keeping track of your own finances while you still have your parents to fall back on. 1. Credit cards? Use your phone. It can be really easy to ...

Posted July 28, 2015, 8 a.m. by Casey Adams | View Comments
Four Lessons for Teens Camping in the Outdoors

Camping means no phone. It means no bed, no TV and, probably, no shower. At first pass, camping doesn’t seem comfortable or fun. So why bother packing up and heading to a nearby campground or lake or even farther? Well, you just might come back home with a few beautiful life lessons in addition to those stunning photos you can share when you have service again. A few National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) graduates shared their camping experiences and collected a list of life lessons. Let us know what you learn from getting outside, whether it's the back country or ...

Posted July 27, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
10 Ways to Help Your Student Live Healthy

With so many unhealthy choices available today, it’s difficult to steer your teen away from the types of behaviors that encourage an unhealthy lifestyle. The time before they leave home for college is the time to reinforce what you have taught them to about living healthy and making wise choices. When they leave home and begin living independently, it will be easy for them to continue those good habits. 1. Have consistent family mealtime Families should have at least one mealtime when they eat together. It may be difficult in today’s fast-paced world, but it’s critical that you stick to ...

Posted July 24, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
10 Textbook Apps for Soon-To-Be College Students

Any college student or soon-to-be college student needs an arsenal of textbook apps to help them shop for the best bargains, find the free ebooks and textbooks, and sell and trade books when the semester ends. These apps should fit the ticket. But don’t wait until the fall of freshman year to download them. There’s no time like the present to create a folder and start adding these 10 textbook apps to your mobile devices. 1. BigWords Nobody likes shopping for textbooks at the college bookstore. BigWords operates by the premise that students prefer to “shop for textbooks on smaller ...

Posted July 23, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
How I Faced  My Son's Asperger's Diagnosis

My son was recently diagnosed with Asperger’s, which falls at the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum. It is a condition that often goes undiagnosed until the teenage years and when it happens, invariably leaves families feeling devastated, as well as floundering for answers, advice and help. Receiving the diagnosis The autistic spectrum is vast and those people that fall along it, and their symptoms, varies immensely. Some autism is severe and very difficult to miss, but for others, most notably those with Asperger’s, it is not always easy to identify. Children with more severe forms of autism are generally ...

Posted July 22, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
10 Questions Parents Ask About College

Over the years, parents have cornered me and asked me questions about the college admissions process and their college-bound teens. While those questions are varied, and sometimes specific as they relate to their own circumstances, here is my list of the 10 most asked questions: 1. What can I do to help my “average” student stand out and get accepted to college? The good news is that the admissions application is not just about grades or test scores. They look at the overall picture: grades, SAT scores, essay, student resume, and interviews. There will always be a college that recognizes ...

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