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Author: Tracy Morgan

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Tracy Morgan is a freelance writer living in Hjärup, Sweden. The proud mum of two amazing boys, Tracy loves baking and when pushed, admits to a weakness for reality shows.

Posted June 8, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
How to Deal with Your Teen’s Anger

When your cherubic, smiling little person seems to transform into a rampaging angry ball of hormones overnight, it can be hard to handle. While it is common for teens to direct their rage towards the people they feel safest with (that’s you), it is often very difficult for parents to deal with. Why Teens Get Angry With Parents Teenagers are dealing with hormones and rapid mood changes, and it is usually mom and dad who bear the brunt of teenage angst and anger. Instinctively, teens know that parents are invariably going to take whatever is thrown at them, which provides ...

Posted June 1, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
The Importance of Online Friendships for Teens

Thinking of your teen’s Internet acquaintances in a positive light is often difficult. Naturally, we are generally more preoccupied with the things that could go wrong when your teen interacts with strangers online; so much so, that we rarely pause to consider how valuable these friendships can actually be. Is It Possible to Have Real Friendships Online? Absolutely! I have many long-term, wonderful friendships with people I came across online, some I’ve met in real life, with many others across the world from me. In some ways, friendships made over cyber space can be more profound: it is easier to ...

Posted May 27, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
6 Ways to Boost Your Teen’s Creativity

If you cast your mind back to when your kids were little, the need to encourage creative play or inventive thoughts was rarely necessary – to small children, thinking outside the box is as natural as breathing and brings with it imaginative and artistic activities. As teenage years approach, children often become self-conscious and wary about stepping outside of their comfort zone. However, all is not lost - it’s never too late to re-inspire them! 1. Lead By Example The best way to encourage your teen’s creativity is to lead by example. Perhaps you once had a passion for writing, ...

Posted May 23, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
Happiness: What Does it Really Mean to Be Happy?

Happiness is often a word that is hard to define; it means something different to every individual person, as we all have distinctive and unique requirements. However, according to the latest World Happiness Report recently published by the United Nations in partnership with Columbia University, there are many common denominators that determine whether someone is happy or not. Gathering Data The nature of happiness, and the fact that it is an emotion not particularly easy to measure, might have some people wondering about the validity of trying to calculate how happy a country, and its inhabitants are. However, the people ...

Posted April 28, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
What You Should Discuss with Your Teen Long before Prom Night

As prom night approaches, so does worry and anxiety for most parents. The best way to eliminate (or at least reduce) some of the nerves is by discussing subjects that concern you way before prom night hits, rather than trying to cram in advice, warnings and tips at the very last minute. Pre-Arranged Check-In Although you don’t want to come across as the over-protective parent, it is important that you can get hold of your teen (and vice versa) if need be. Having a pre-arranged check-in time prevents teens from feeling like they are being snooped on, and allows you ...

Posted April 23, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
How Sleep Deprivation in Teens is Linked to Obesity

Although the detrimental effect of not getting enough sleep is well documented, especially during crucial developmental periods such as puberty and adolescence, recent studies highlight that sleep deficiency can have a more long-term effect on teens than previously imagined. Why Sleep is So Important to Teens Adequate sleep is vital to every human, but it is especially crucial for teens. During the teenage years, your child will need to achieve an average of nine hours each night to cope with the dramatic changes their body is going through; for example, puberty is a time when the brain develops significantly, undergoing ...

Posted April 19, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
5 Signs That You Are Raising Your Teen Well

Parenting doesn’t come with a manual, but let’s face it; even if it did, you probably would be better off not reading it. Our kids are all unique individuals, as are you, so raising them the right way is different for every single family. However, there are certain signs that you are doing a good job, and if any of these apply to you, then reward yourself with a well-earned pat on the back! They Confide in You Adolescence can often be a confusing time for your child, and although you might have previously had a very close relationship, it ...

Posted April 10, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
Terrorism: What Should We Be Telling Our Teens?

It seems that it is impossible for even a few days to go by without hearing about the latest terror attack somewhere in the world. And many teens may be hearing about it, but perhaps not totally understanding. Should We Tell Our Teens About Terrorism? It’s a natural parental instinct to want to swoop our kids up, protect them from the harsh realities of the world, and preserve their innocence, for as long as we can. One subject we may hesitate over discussing is terrorism, believing that this is one topic teens really don’t need to hear about. However, whether ...

Posted April 1, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
Is Your Teen Struggling With Homework Overload?

The word homework is enough to strike terror into most parents, and as teens approach high school years, and the pressure is on to maintain good grades, it is no surprise that some kids (and their parents) begin to feel the pressure. How Much Homework Should Kids Have? There is no denying that homework is a necessary part of a teen’s education and is recognized as a useful tool in helping kids on their academic journey; it reinforces concepts learned in school and helps to establish important study habits that teens will carry with them throughout their education and into ...

Posted March 31, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
Preparing Your Teen for Their First Summer Camp

Adequately preparing your teen for their first camp often means the difference between a successful adventure and a miserable time where your teen is wishing the minutes away. Here we look at some tips to help your teen have the best summer ever! Start Planning Now It's officially spring now and the perfect time for your teen to start planning their summer experiences. Summer camp experiences involve a wide range of options and activities, and teens should seek out summer camps that align with their interests. It’s particularly important for teens to keep an open mind and consider options they ...

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