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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 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. ...

Posted Feb. 6, 2015, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
teenage substance abuse

Teenage years are often a time of self-discovery and experimentation, and combined with raging hormones, biological changes, peer pressure, and stresses of school work; it is no real surprise that substance abuse can crop up in their life. It is tremendously worrying to think about your teen abusing drugs or alcohol, and there is no escaping the devastating impact it can have on everyone. Here we look at the three most commonly abused substances, their effects, and how to identify signs or symptoms of substance abuse, before things spiral out of control. 1. Marijuana Marijuana, also referred to as pot ...

Posted Feb. 5, 2015, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
why teens don't understand STEM

An interesting report published by Let’s Talk Science, involving Canadian teens aged 13-17, highlights that although the majority of teens find STEM fun, many just don’t see its relevance in future career plans. Good News The Let’s Talk Science research focuses on teen perceptions of STEM, and found that there has been a substantial increase in the amount of teens who say they enjoy STEM-related subjects. Out of the students interviewed, an encouraging 72 percent expressed that STEM was fun, which is a whopping 34% increase on findings from 2011. Additionally, the report shows that 74 percent of teens felt ...

Posted Feb. 3, 2015, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
hosting an exchange student

Although many parents have considered the possibility of their teen going overseas as an exchange student, and are aware of how awesome the experience can be, fewer have given thought to welcoming an exchange student into their home. However, playing host to a teen from another land can bring with it just as many positives for your own teen, and the family as a whole. What Does Being a Host Family Involve? The dynamics vary among host families and can include those that have children, single-parented families or older couples, and usually involve hosting students from overseas, although not necessarily ...

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