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Author: Sarah Buttenwieser

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Sarah Buttenwieser is a contributing writer for TeenLife and Life With Teens magazine.

Posted April 2, 2014, 2:51 p.m. by Sarah Buttenwieser | View Comments
The Longest, Shortest Summer Before College

For many newly minted high school graduates—and their families—summer is here. For the majority of these exhausted and elated young people—and their parents—the next big thing, college or gap year activity looms a stretch of time away. First, there’s summer. “This is a complicated time for both parents and kids,” says Ellen Goldsmith M.S.W. “It’s an in-between time, something that doesn't happen very often in our lives." Emotionally, it’s a highly charged time. “For parents, there’s pride and excitement, but also a great deal of sadness, a sense of loss, and some fear,” she says. “It’s a little bit like ...

Posted Jan. 21, 2014, 11:04 a.m. by Sarah Buttenwieser | View Comments
Parents and Teens: The Social Media Gap

I have two teens. As a parent, I’m focused on raising healthy, independent young adults (and I hope that we still like each other throughout the process)! Social media is a flashpoint that reveals my parenting insecurities; my kids’ technological abilities are fundamentally different than mine. Our journey requires some dialogue, some struggle, some trust, some wonder, and a good deal of my letting go. Nearly half of all teenagers in the United States check their social media several times per day. Facebook trumps Twitter for teens, with 68 percent reporting Facebook as their main social networking site compared to ...