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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 Feb. 2, 2015, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
Recognizing the Signs of Schizophrenia in your Teen

Schizophrenia, in its early stages, is often hard to differentiate between normal, sometimes erratic, teenage behavior. However, as the mental health disorder progresses, there will be evidence of an underlying cause that is way more than just adolescent hormones. What is Schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is a mental health condition that is generally diagnosed in late adolescence or early adulthood, although signs may be apparent earlier than this in some instances. The disorder effects roughly 1% of the population, and is often a severely disabling condition. Although awareness of schizophrenia is on the rise, thanks to ill-informed media representation, the mere word ...

Posted Jan. 26, 2015, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
lazy teenagers

Lazy teens: put on this earth to swing on every last nerve of their parents, right? But why are some teens so absolutely bone-idle? Is it part of their genetic make-up—a rite of passage for all adolescents? Or is there perhaps an underlying cause that could be rectified with a little help? Here we explore why your teen might be lazy, and what you can do to change it. Provide Adequate Motivation Often parents bemoan that their teens never lift a finger to do anything. If you are one of them, it might be an idea to take a closer ...

Posted Jan. 19, 2015, 9 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
teen substance abuse

Realizing your teen has a problem with substance abuse is beyond terrifying, and it is often hard to know what to do, or where to turn for help. Although participating in drugs and alcohol is not always an indicator of something serious, it can easily spiral out of control; therefore, it is essential to act fast, and find appropriate help for them. Early Intervention As soon as you suspect your teen is involved with drinking alcohol or taking drugs, it is important to intervene. Although experimental use at this age is common, and often nothing to be overly concerned about, ...

Posted Jan. 15, 2015, 9 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
STEM education in middle school

Encouraging an interest in STEM is important regardless of your child’s age, but it is particularly crucial during middle school years. Sadly, many middle school teachers are often ill-equipped to provide your child with relevant and informative STEM learning opportunities. However, as a parent, there are many ways you can provide vital input. Why are the middle school years so crucial for STEM? Middle school is a particularly important time in general, with many students beginning to consider possible career options. The opinions they have about STEM subjects at this age will be taken through to further years, with previous ...

Posted Jan. 14, 2015, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
international colleges

Although quite commonplace these days to take a gap year and study overseas, some students are deciding to go one step further, and choosing to undertake their undergraduate education in a foreign country. Studying overseas can prove immensely valuable, not only for your teen’s personal growth and development, but for future career prospects: having a top overseas university on their resume is very impressive to prospective employers. Using extensive and thorough criteria, Times Higher Education has compiled a list of the top universities across the globe; using that information, we have the top 10 placed universities outside of North America. ...

Posted Jan. 13, 2015, 9 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
prepare for college in middle school

As a parent of a middle school child, it’s highly likely that you haven’t given college a great deal of thought. However, while it is just a little too soon to be calling Harvard’s admissions office, the truth is that before you know it, college will be right around the corner. Start to Make Gentle Plans Middle school is a good time to start laying down some plans for the future. Although these don’t need to be as specific as choosing the college you’d like your child to attend, they should include discussing with your child what their interests are, ...

Posted Jan. 6, 2015, 9 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
teens and steroids

It’s highly probable that the possibility of your teen using steroids has totally escaped you. However, with serious health concerns attached and irreversible side-effects, it is important to be aware of steroids and why your teen might be using them. What Are Steroids? Steroids are naturally produced by the body in small quantities, and are used to help fight stress and to promote normal growth and development. Anabolic steroids are synthetic male-sex hormones, the most powerful being testosterone, which promote the growth of muscle and enhance strength. Anabolic steroids are a prescription-only medication, and can be used to treat conditions ...

Posted Jan. 5, 2015, 1 p.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
STEM extracurricular

The subject of STEM is big news these days, with increasing understanding about how critical an adequate education in science, technology, engineering and math really is, and why children need to be on board long before they reach college years. At present, the resources are simply not available in schools to teach kids all they need to know about STEM. However, after-school and summer programs specializing in STEM could be the ticket to raising your child’s awareness, fostering an interest, and getting them participating in STEM, and with spectacular results. Why is there a need for STEM outside of school? ...

Posted Jan. 2, 2015, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
help your teen bust stress

It’s no secret that adolescence is tough, with a million and one things that can stress your teen to the point of distraction. Although a little stress is normal, and in some cases can actually motivate your teen, too much worry can leave them unable to function properly. Teens are rarely able to identify they are stressed, and even if they do, often don’t have the experience to deal with it. Here’s how you can offer a helping hand and practical advice to guide them through. Exercise Exercise is the number-one stress buster. And the good thing is, it really ...

Posted Dec. 30, 2014, 1 p.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
avoid disaster on gap year

Although most teens head off on their gap year without a backward glance, parents can be left feeling worried, stressed, and often powerless. These are all entirely normal reactions to an understandably tricky time for parents; however, by helping your gap yaer student carefully prepare for any eventualities or unforeseen situations, you will feel a lot more at ease during their time away. Help Them Plan a Budget Few teens will have the luxury of having an unlimited budget while taking a gap year overseas, and if their finances are not planned in advance, they may run short of money ...

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