TeenLife Blog

Supporting teen success, one post at a time
Posted April 2, 2014, 2:41 p.m. by Rebecca Joseph | View Comments
College Readiness for Parents

The class of this year is graduating, which means that parents of juniors are now parents of rising seniors. With less than a year to prepare for college admissions, it's time for your high school student to get started! Tips for Getting Students (And Parents) Ready for College Encourage your teen to finalize summer and fall plans to focus on leadership and initiative. They need to be busy this summer as colleges expect new seniors to be engaged. They should spend at least 20 to 30 hours per week taking classes, working, volunteering, doing high school internships, and more. They ...

Posted April 2, 2014, 12:57 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
The Pros and Cons of College Loans

Growing up in an upper-middle class town outside of Boston, the price of college was not a prominent issue when I was applying to schools six years ago. Although my parents were strapped for money, and unable to afford college for my older sister, twin brother, and I (all at the same time), they never led me to believe that my college search should be hindered by our family’s finances. My parents wanted me to get the best education possible, at the college of my dreams. When I was accepted early decision to my first choice school, a top-ranked private ...

Posted April 2, 2014, 11 a.m. by Jill Greenbaum | View Comments
Getting Clear About Your Mission as a Parent

As the summer approaches and families gather, it’s the perfect time to pause and reflect on our roles as parents in our children’s lives. It’s a time for us to be asking, answering, and acting upon some foundational questions. In last month’s post we engaged in reflection. This month we move into action! Here are some steps on the path to creating a mission statement to refer to as you and your child move into uncharted territory. What is your mission as a parent? One way to begin, is to assemble, reflect, sift and sort through your values, beliefs, and ...

Posted April 1, 2014, 4:46 p.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
21st Century Skills for the 21st Century Workplace

Today’s teens will spend at least 16 years and almost 20,000 hours in classrooms before heading out into the real world. So, how can a parent be sure that this lengthy journey provides their teens with the necessary tools needed to succeed? The question is fair, and deserves serious consideration. Education alone probably isn’t the answer. But the addition of summer jobs, community service work, educational programs, and even internships can help fill in the gaps. Each of these experiences will teach teens the vital 21st Century skills necessary to prepare and succeed in work. So, what are these skills? ...

Posted April 1, 2014, 4:23 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Risky Pills Too Bitter: Prescription Drug Abuse Among Teens

With all that we cover here at TeenLife, we feel that teenagers' prescription drug abuse to attain higher-level achievements is an issue that has become very relevant to our readers. So much of what we write about on the TeenLife blog has to do with students’ achievements—or how to bring out the best in teens. We cover college admissions, gap years, internships, summer enrichment and community service. We also think about downtime and communication and technology. We don’t write much about teenagers’ “troubles” because everyone else does. Achievement Drugs on the Rise The New York Times ran an article about ...

Posted April 1, 2014, 1 p.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
10 Tips on Choosing a High School

Many parents whose children are approaching high school have asked me for advice on choosing a high school that's right for them. I’ve developed this tip sheet in the hopes of helping more parents as they and their children face this crucial, life-altering choice. 1. It’s about the teachers. Teachers are to schools what engines are to cars. Many aspects of a school are fundamental; others are luxuries. But teachers can make or break a child’s natural curiosity. Their passion for learning provides the spark to ignite young minds. So first and foremost, ask yourself, “How do students interact with ...

Posted April 1, 2014, 11:13 a.m. by Victoria Kempf | View Comments
Teaching Your ADHD Teen Appropriate Computer Behavior

Is your child one of the 10.4 Million children in the U.S. diagnosed with ADHD? According to a recent study, the number of kids diagnosed with ADHD has risen dramatically by 66% since 2000. What is ADHD? ADHD is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders today. Usually, it is first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD may exhibit problems paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors by acting without thinking about what the consequence will be, or be overly active. These kids may also have a trouble regulating attention by over focusing. They may have a ...

Posted April 1, 2014, 11 a.m. by Andrew Belasco | View Comments
Playing Your Way into an Elite College: College Athletes

Ivy League schools and many elite colleges with Division III athletics purport not to grant admissions favor or any edge in scholarship consideration to student-athletes. In related news, Taco Bell claims that their tacos are made with 100% sirloin beef… Since you can’t always believe the party line, student athletes interested in parlaying their physical gifts into selective college admission should be aware of the realities that lie beneath the posture of sports indifference. In truth, if you can shoot, skate, cradle, dribble, sprint, throw, or volley better than 99% of your peers, then you have a significant admissions advantage ...

Posted March 31, 2014, 4:37 p.m. by Jill Suskind | View Comments
A New Allowance System for Financial Literacy

Parents are our teens’ primary financial educator. Yet, we do relatively little to support parents in this area. We don’t even have a contemporary collective agreement on what great parenting in this area looks like. One thing we DO know is that the way WE were taught about money does not work anymore. We can just look at society today and see that we are financially illiterate, as a whole. If we really want to create a generation that is prepared to meet the financial reality of adulthood with confidence and competence, let’s start with the most obvious point: Our ...

Posted March 31, 2014, 4:06 p.m. by Heather Jack | View Comments
Practically Painless Fundraising

Do you feel passionate about a specific issue or organization? Perhaps you would like to help them out with a monetary donation, but are a little tight on cash? Maybe you want to get more friends and family involved in a good cause? Or maybe you absolutely dread the thought of raising money or having a drive? The following are Practically Painless Fundraising ideas that can be used to mobilize family, community members, and friends to support a good cause! 11 Ideas for Practically Painless Fundraising 1. For your birthday, have family and friends give presents that support a specific ...

< 1 2 3 ... 101 102 103 104 105 ... 116 117 118 >