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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 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 ...

Posted March 5, 2015, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
dealing with teen crushes

Ah, there is simply nothing like falling in love for the first time, is there? However, as adults, we often find it hard to remember how encompassing and deep the emotions involved really are. As a parent, you need to be patient, and understanding, giving guidance during a time that can be very difficult and awkward for them. Having a Crush is Normal It can feel bewildering, scary and exhilarating for a young teen experiencing their first crush, and they are often unprepared and ill-equipped to deal with the accompanying emotions. They may wonder why they feel shy, embarrassed, or ...

Posted March 4, 2015, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
Helicopter Parents: Are They Really All That Bad?

Much airtime has been given to the phenomenon of helicopter parenting, categorized as overstepping the acceptable boundaries of being a caring, guiding influence, to the point of wanting to control and protect every aspect of a child’s life. However, is being a helicopter parent all bad news? Why Are Helicopter Parents Increasingly Common? One reason is most certainly related to the lives we lead today; we are constantly pumped with contradictory and confusing information about how we should be raising our children. This has given us a heightened (and a sometimes distorted) awareness of how our behavior can influence our ...

Posted March 1, 2015, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
marine conservation

The oceans on earth generate half of the oxygen we breathe, and for us to continue to thrive, we need our seas to stay healthy. However, increasing industrialism, over-fishing and the destruction of natural marine environments are all playing serious havoc on our oceans. Therefore, marine conservation volunteering is not only an exciting opportunity for teens to mingle with awesome sea inhabitants, but can also provide crucial help for a vitally important cause. // Track Turtles Many species of sea turtle are sadly hurtling towards extinction, and there are many organizations looking for volunteers to help protect them. Teens can ...

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
Why Girls Need the RIGHT Role Models to be Interested and Excel in STEM

Girls interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) often face an uphill battle, and need all the support they can get to foster their curiosity, which is why positive role models are essential. However, perhaps we are barking up the wrong tree when we assume that they will be inspired by women who are both glamorous and successful in STEM? The Distorted View of STEM It’s no secret that impressionable young girls have a seriously distorted view of STEM-related careers, often perceiving them as male-only professions, or just for dowdy, unfeminine women. These stereotypical views are widespread and have ...

Posted Feb. 24, 2015, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
teen mental health

Normal teenage behavior can send most parents running for the hills: rudeness, untidiness, moodiness, rebellion, and a chip on their shoulder the size of Mount Everest, are all part and parcel of raising a teen. However, what if these are merely an indication of something more serious going on? Stroppy Behavior or Something Else? Mental health problems in teens are often slow to be diagnosed, and this is probably partly because most parents expect to see some degree of erratic and moody behavior from their adolescents, and so early signs of a mental illness are written off as normal teenage ...

Posted Feb. 11, 2015, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
drop in teen's grades

A drop in school performance can be worrying for any parent; however, it is something many teens go through at some point during their education, and is often nothing to be overly concerned about. That said, it is important to ascertain the reason why, and rule out any underlying serious cause. Noticing a drop in school performance Sometimes the cause of a dip in performance is reasonably obvious: your teen might have started a new school (especially if they have moved up to high school), has problems with friends, is getting inadequate sleep, spends too much time participating in afterschool ...

Posted Feb. 9, 2015, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
Ostracism: Why it is So Damaging for Your Teen

Many parents consider that teens falling out with friends, or being ignored and excluded, are a natural part of their child’s social interactions, and nothing to worry over. However, research identifies that being shunned, even for a short period, can have long-term and potentially serious side-effects. Why Ostracism Can Be so Harmful Although deliberately shunning another child over a sustained period is a severe form of bullying, its long-term effects are rarely seriously considered. Many put it down to typical child behavior, and physically bullying, which invariably leaves marks or bruises, is generally a lot easier to identify. Kipling D. ...

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