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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 April 26, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
10 Fun (and Safe) Things to Do After Prom

There is nothing more eagerly anticipated than a prom, with the festivities that follow the actual dance just as important as the event itself. It’s a time for your kids to let loose and enjoy themselves, but it is also something that many parents worry about. Here are 10 fantastic activities for teens after prom that are great fun but safe at the same time. Download 1. Go Down-Market in Upmarket Clothes Dancing brings on a hearty appetite and there’s nothing more hilarious than heading to the local diner dressed in fancy clothes. Eating fries with their fingers in their ...

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 7, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
The Pros & Cons of Teens Getting Jobs

It used to be commonplace for teens to have a part-time job, whether that was helping to pack bags at the store, or delivering newspapers. However, these days it is becoming a whole lot rarer. Here we look at the potential benefits and pitfalls of your teen getting a job. The Benefits of Part-Time Jobs for Teens There are a whole host of reasons how your teen can benefit from getting a job. 1. It offers a much wider perspective on life, and mixing with people they might not normally have the opportunity to meet is a great eye-opener to ...

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 ...

Posted March 16, 2015, 9 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
Why Your Teen Might Not Want to Talk to You

One of the hardest aspects of having teenagers is their unwillingness to communicate, or share their thoughts and emotions. Feeling that we are out of the loop, or not privy to vital information, drives most of us parents nuts, but perhaps we need to take a step back and understand why our teens just don’t want to talk to us. They Are Becoming Independent of Us As parents, we don’t like this one bit. Many of us feel bereft when our once chatty child no longer wants to talk to us. However, it is normal for teens to want to ...

Posted March 12, 2015, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
Sitting Disease: Why Your Teens Might Be At Risk

Sitting disease. Some kind of joke, right? Well, with tons of research into the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle, and our teens spending an increasing amount of time sat down, this is no laughing matter. What is Sitting Disease? As you might expect, sitting disease is related to the increasing epidemic of sitting down for too long. Experts believe that our sedentary lifestyles are having a tremendous negative impact on our health, playing a part in causing long-term and serious complications, including obesity, type II diabetes, and heart disease. There is also evidence to suggest that there is a higher ...

Posted March 10, 2015, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
Understanding Bulimia

The stressors of adolescence are often the trigger for an eating disorder to develop, with an estimated 1- 2% of teenagers affected by bulimia. What is Bulimia? Bulimia Nervosa is the second most common eating disorder, and is usually characterized by excessive eating (binges), followed by the immediate ridding of food consumed using laxatives, diuretics, or inducing vomiting (purging), all in an attempt to control weight. Additionally, bulimics can fast for long periods, consume very little (and then purge), or exercise rigorously. The disorder can affect both males and females, although it is more common in girls, and usually (although ...

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