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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, 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 ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 11:28 a.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
Tips to Ensure a Smooth Move to College

You've planned and prepped for college the last semester of senior year by not sleeping around the clock, being mindful of what you eat, being physically fit, and practicing time management. Once the graduation checks have been cashed, the roses dry up, and the balloons have deflated, the time has come to focus on what it takes to get to college. How to Prepare To help you get prepared, make a college checklist of several different categories that will help you decide what you really need, and what will go untouched if you bring it to school. It's also important ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 11:06 a.m. by Julia Levine Rogers | View Comments
Traveling Responsibly: A Beginner’s Guide

You may not realize it, but when you travel abroad, you become an automatic ambassador for America. Leaving the country for a gap year adventure is thrilling, but it’s important to note how your behavior abroad can impact you or the people of your host country. Taking steps to be respectful will not only help you have a positive international experience, but it will contribute to a better global reputation for all Americans! Here are some simple things to remember: DON’T: Dress inappropriately. This goes for men and women. Different regions of the world have different norms, so it’s important ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 11 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Teen Dating Violence

Abusive relationships know no age limits. Unfortunately, they often start with teenagers. Youth between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest per capita rate of intimate partner violence. In the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 9.4 percent of high school students report being “hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend” in the 12 months prior to the survey. In addition, one in three teenagers report knowing a friend or peer who has been “hit, punched, kicked, slapped, choked or physically hurt” by their ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 10:51 a.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
Choosing the Right Career

When it comes to choosing a path, it's very common for teens to feel somewhat paralyzed by the idea of figuring out what type of job to pursue, let alone making decisions about a college major or career. A good first step is to take a deep breath and relax. You don't need to decide immediately what you're going to be doing for the rest of your life. The main thing is to start taking some small steps to figure out what you think you might like to do or what job you might be best suited for. What's the ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 10:44 a.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
Making the Perfect Resume

While no employer will expect a teenager to have an amazing amount of experience, don’t underestimate the importance of having an effective resume. Once you have a sense of what you might want to do for a job, it’s time to start focusing on some practical matters. Your resume is a first impression. A quick glance at a resume will make an immediate impression on an employer. It can tell a potential employer whether or not you: Take pride in producing good-looking work Pay attention to detail Are proficient in the latest software technology Typos, spelling errors, and formatting inconsistencies ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 10:21 a.m. by Jeff Peters | View Comments
5 Reasons to Take a Management Course in College

One of the main courses that any student should take in college is a management course. Management courses are an outstanding medium that can facilitate the improvement of various qualities such as leadership and innovation. Specialized management courses in various areas end up preparing students to enter the corporate world, which is constantly changing and advancing. These courses not only emphasize creating professional managers that will be able to survive in today’s competitive world, but students will also be able to enhance any existing skills that they already have. Young managers equipped with reputable management courses can easily sustain themselves ...

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