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Posted March 25, 2014, 1:31 p.m. by Marthe Teixeira | View Comments
How to Discuss Dating with your Teen: Tips for Parents

Dating can be a tough topic for parents and teens to discuss. Dating has changed, and is more complex than ever, especially with social media so prevalent and the endless texting with teens. When your teen starts to show an interest in dating, that is when you want to have the discussion and iron out how you feel about it. As parents, you want to prepare your child to date and make sure they make good decisions. Here are some tips on how to talk to your teen about dating: Be clear: When you are talking to your teen about ...

Posted March 25, 2014, 1 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
10 Summer Activities That Will Turn Admissions’ Heads

In today’s competitive college admissions market, students are faced with the task of setting themselves apart from other applicants. Colleges look for students who are dedicated to academics but they want to build a well-rounded incoming freshman class. Admission officers look for those who demonstrate interesting and diverse qualities, not just those who spend 100 percent of their time studying. Colleges need and want students who are committed to activities that they are passionate about. The summer creates opportunities for students to demonstrate this quality, whether it's in a structured summer program for teenagers, or individually. The last thing you ...

Posted March 25, 2014, 11 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Mother-Daughter Book Group

When my daughter was in 9th grade, she and I were invited to join a long-standing mother-daughter book group that began in elementary school. I’ve heard that when the girls were young, they loved reading the selected books, preparing questions, answering questions, socializing, and eating dinner together in a big group. Book Group By the time we had joined the group, the girls’ homework load prohibited us from reading books except during school vacations and summers. Instead, we read a thought-provoking article or two about every six weeks. The girls typically race through the articles an hour or so before ...

Posted March 25, 2014, 10:44 a.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
6 Easy Ways to Deal with Stress

If you find yourself becoming stressed over the idea of college searching and job new beginnings, don't worry! Here are 6 easy ways to cope with that stress: 1. Stop stressing about stress. Admit that you're stressed and learn how to deal with it. The best question to ask yourself is, "What can I do right now to fix it?" If you can do something about it, do it. If it is out of your control, realize that worrying will not solve anything. 2. Quiet time. Finding a few moments of peace and quiet might be just what you need ...

Posted March 25, 2014, 10:25 a.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
Where Does a Parent Fit in the Admissions Process?

“Well,” says Randi M., parent of a college freshman who was accepted into the school of her dreams, “My husband and I didn’t have any preconceived notion about where we wanted our child to go, so it really was up to her. The only thing I did was to set the agenda to visit the schools. She did the research online, and I made the arrangements. “ Download Start Early Having just gone through the experience, Randi’s take-away is to start early. Even sophomore year is not too early to just begin thinking about it. “You don’t know where your ...

Posted March 24, 2014, 4:37 p.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
How Much Do Teens Read?

As the school year closes and summer quickly approaches, teens are starting to search for their summer reading books to get a head start. The following statistics came from a November 2012 survey, polling high school and college students about their reading and literacy habits. So, How Much Do Teens Read? Where do you read? An actual book (paper): 98.0% eReader (Kindle, Nook, etc.): 29.4% Online: 16.4% On my mobile phone: 13.5% What are your reading habbits? 77.7% of teens say they read at least one extra book per month for personal pleasure that isn't required for school. Nearly a ...

Posted March 24, 2014, 3:21 p.m. by Andrea Bazemore | View Comments
Parenting Advice From a College Kid

It might seem strange for a person who isn’t even thinking about parenthood to write advice in a parenting article. Yet I may offer some of the best parenting advice you’re not hearing because I’m offering advice from the perspective of your teenagers. There are a lot of parenting books, magazines, and advice columns out there, but little of it is from the perspective of the teen. Here’s some advice that I’ve collected through things I’ve seen, heard, and experienced first hand. Parenting Advice From a Teen Let us make mistakes. We will never learn from our mistakes unless you ...

Posted March 24, 2014, 1:27 p.m. by Reese Hendricks | View Comments
How to Protect Your Teen From Summer Learning Loss

Is your teenager experiencing SLL? Most parents do a pretty good job of helping their teens stay occupied during the summer. However, staying occupied is one thing, preventing SLL, or Summer Learning Loss, is another battle. When I was a teacher in South Korea there were countless admirable things I gleaned from their education system. In fact, American educators and parents can learn much from an industrious nation like South Korea; after all, they have been in the business of teaching and fostering their youth for over 5,000 years. For example, South Korea has nothing near a 12-week summer vacation ...

Posted March 24, 2014, 1:07 p.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
Why Are Teen Car Insurance Rates So High?

Insurance companies play the odds — and the odds aren’t in favor of teen drivers. The longer you have your driver’s license and the more time you spend on the road, the lower your chances are of getting in an accident. This comes from experience. Every time you get behind the wheel, you gain valuable knowledge that can help you make better choices next time you drive. Even if a teenage driver spent ample time learning the rules and practicing driving with an adult, their inexperience in real-life situations creates a disadvantage in the ever-changing driving environment. Here are some ...

Posted March 24, 2014, 11 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Pay it Forward

When someone does a good deed for you, express your gratitude by doing something nice for someone else. That’s the essence of “pay it forward,” a term you often hear in casual conversation. It’s not new. Who knew that this popular concept has its roots in a play from ancient Athens, the exact words from a book in 1916, and was popularized in another book in 1951? Here is the excerpt from the 1951 title Between Planets by Robert A. Heinlein: The banker reached in the folds of his gown, pulled out a single credit note. “But eat first – ...

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