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Posted March 28, 2014, noon by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Advice and Ideas for Empty-Nester Parents

I learned about the benefits of teens taking a year between high school and college — whether they work, volunteer, attend an academic program, or travel — when I was conducting research for an article titled, “Live and Learn: The Advantages of Taking a Gap Year,” for Boston Magazine’s fall education issue. Data shows that after a gap year, students enter college with more focus and maturity, and earn higher grades. But my favorite gap year anecdote comes from a mom, not a kid. Cindy Buser’s youngest child went off to college this school year. On her LinkedIn page, she ...

Posted March 27, 2014, 1:26 p.m. by Kristen Licciardi | View Comments
Is Your Teen Vaping? The Dangers of E-Cigarettes

Parents, have you heard of vaping? It's such a new word that every time I type it, the autocorrect feature on my MacBook changes it to "gaping." If you haven't heard of vaping, read on, because this explosive trend is catching on with teens right under the noses of unsuspecting adults. Vaping is the trendy term for using an electronic cigarette. Here's a quick overview for clueless parents and nonsmokers like me: Instead of inhaling smoke, users inhale vapor from their e-cigarette cartridge. E-cigarettes contain liquid nicotine and flavoring to make the vapor more appealing. This liquid (also called vape ...

Posted March 27, 2014, noon by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Second Semester High School Seniors Enjoy Senior Spring

Even before the snow melts, crocus pop through the frozen ground, and temperatures rise, two simple words — senior spring — illicit a great big sigh of relief from high school seniors across the country. Some have already been accepted to colleges of their choice. While others are still waiting to hear, their college applications are long gone and grades to date have already been submitted. Whatever happens now, well, happens now. Carpe Diem Instead of living for the future, senior spring is all about living in the moment. As I write this blog post, my high school senior is ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 2:23 p.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
7 Tips for Parents of Athletes

Parenting a teenage athlete has its moments of fun and excitement, but can also be stressful and time consuming. Here are 7 tips for parents to bring out the best in their teenage athletes, and in themselves on the sidelines. 7 Tips for Parents of Athletes 1. Support your child on the field. Cheer for your athlete in a positive and respectful manner. Be encouraging. Emphasize fun and effort, not results and winning. 2. Help your teen set attainable goals toward which to work. Your child can’t control how fast the other swimmers at a meet swim, but he can ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 2:11 p.m. by Rebecca Joseph | View Comments
Don't Wait to Get Off a College Waitlist: 10 Proactive Tips

Congratulations for making it this far in the college admissions process. You will most likely have many good colleges options already, but if you really want to go to a college that waitlisted you, follow as many of these 10 tips as possible. Do not do this for a school you will not attend. Colleges often take kids off waitlists who can afford to pay outright, have special connections, fulfill regional needs, or make a spectacular case. Remember, spots only open if the college has available spaces. 10 Proactive Tips to Get Off a Waitlist 1. Be happy about another ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 2 p.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Books to Read Over Vacation

When my daughter was in middle school, she and I were invited to join a mother daughter book group. The group read age-appropriate books and got together to enjoy a light meal followed by a discussion led by the daughter of the mom hosting the group. But, by the time the girls entered high school, they had too much homework to allow time to read a book-group-book for pleasure during the school year. During most months of the school year we read articles instead. Books were reserved for vacations and summer. Whether your children participate in a book group or ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 2 p.m. by Bara Sapir | View Comments
Getting Over SAT and ACT Test Anxiety

Tests have a disproportionately large role in the course of your life, if you think about how much time is actually spent taking them. How you perform during a few short hours while hunched over a small desk in some strange building can have major consequences. Your score on an entrance exam can determine which college you go to. Which college you go to has a lot to do with which job you'll get, and so on. The ACT and SAT loom large as a decider of fates, and for most students, pressure and anxiety play a pivotal role in ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 1 p.m. by Fred Joseph | View Comments
7 Safe Driving Tips for Teenagers

While you may think that residential areas pose fewer threats to drivers than freeways, these roads can be just as dangerous. You have pedestrians and children playing outside to worry about; blind curves, and many signs you must pay attention to. Read on for info on residential area safe driving tips. Here are our safe driving tips for teenagers to ensure you are driving your best in a neighborhood: 1. Be aware of and follow the speed limit. The speed limit in these areas is usually as low as 25 MPH. With the possibility of kids playing on the streets, ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 12:20 p.m. by Marthe Teixeira | View Comments
The Secrets to Maintaining the Mother-Daughter Bond

When I reflect back on my teen years, one thing that definitely stands out is how my mother and I used to get into little spats. I am sure it had to do with my constant mood swings or thinking I knew everything at the immature age of 17. At 17, I thought I was old enough to be independent and thought that I was Miss Know-It-All and I was right about everything. I would purposely go against my mother on what she said (even if I agreed with her) just to prove how “smart” I was. One saying that ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 11:43 a.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
10 Tips to Avoid Facebook Faux-Pas

With university admissions and job applications around the corner, your online reputation is more important than you think. The good news is you are 100% in control of everything you do on Facebook, and with some careful thought put into what you post, you can have a reputation that opens doors to job interviews, has teachers raving about you, and creates a background you can be proud of. 10 Tips to Avoid Facebook Faux-Pas 1. Does it pass the mom test? The next time you are about to press the submit button on a post, ask yourself, "What would Mom ...

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