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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. 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 ...

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 ...

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