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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 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 ...

Posted Dec. 26, 2014, 9:58 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
build confidence in your adhd teen

Self-esteem is a crucial component for any healthy, balanced teen: it gives them the confidence to try new things and allows them to respect themselves, which in turn leads to them being respected by others. However, self-esteem in ADHD teens is often very low. They have grown up being acutely aware of their differences, which leaves them feeling judged, and results in a severe lack of confidence. All teenagers should be encouraged to develop healthy self-esteem, but adolescents with ADHD need that extra helping hand. ADHD Teens Often Feel Bad About Themselves Throughout her life, your teen will have invariably ...

Posted Dec. 15, 2014, noon by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
teen volunteering

As a parent, you fully understand the importance of volunteering, although it is often hard to motivate your teen to get involved with helping out in the community. Of course, your child should appreciate the meaning behind volunteering and helping those perhaps less fortunate; however, that doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyed at the same time! If your teen is reluctant, uninspired or just a tad lazy, why not come up with some suggestions and ideas that might seem more like fun, and get your teen in the community spirit! // 1. Write Away! If your teen is a budding ...

Posted Dec. 10, 2014, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
volunteering during middle school

It’s never too early to start thinking about helping others, and middle school is often a time when children first participate in volunteer work. There are many great opportunities to help out in the community, which can prove both highly rewarding and beneficial for your child. // Volunteering in Middle School Volunteering Offers a Sense of Personal Achievement Knowing that you’ve done something worthwhile, or helped another person in need, is an awesome feeling, regardless of how old you are. However, the feel-good emotions generated from volunteering can be particularly pertinent for a child going through the transitional stage of ...

Posted Nov. 13, 2014, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
peer pressure

Peer pressure is something that keeps many parents awake at night, inducing panic-laden insomnia that his hard to shake. However, the truth is more reassuring: parents often have a bigger part to play, and have more influence over their teen, than they might imagine. Most Peer Pressure is Internal When parents consider peer pressure, their imagination runs wild, thinking of all the terrible things their child is being coerced into against their better judgment. However, the biggest source of pressure actually comes from the teen themselves. Often, teenagers will feel pressured into doing things they perceive others are doing, when ...

Posted Nov. 11, 2014, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
private vs public school

It’s probably fair to say that most parents, at some time or another, have questioned whether their child’s school was right for them. Many feel despair at public schools, and wonder if their child would perhaps fare better in a private school. In fairness, there are negatives and positives for both, and often the decision rests not only on whether one particular educational system is right, but is more about finding a school that meets your (and your child’s) needs. Do your research. In many parents’ minds, private school equates to better results and a higher standard of education. However, ...

Posted Nov. 5, 2014, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
how to help teens deal with grief

Dealing with grief is tough at any age, but for teenagers that are experiencing the profound loss of a loved one, perhaps for the first time, it is often bewildering and difficult to cope with. Many teens will struggle to deal with the volatile emotions they are experiencing, and will need a caring, empathic hand to guide them through the devastating time in their life. Provide the support and love they need. Adolescence is a crucial point in a child’s life, and with older teens, it is often easy to overlook that the virtually grown-up body may still contain a ...

Posted Nov. 3, 2014, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
common sense tips for parenting teens

There’s something about having children that hinders your use of common sense. Over-thinking situations, and a strong desire to get it right can often cloud your judgment, affecting your ability to use the common sense that is second nature in every other aspect of your life. Parenting teens is never easy, but it’s time to go back to grass roots, and parent with common sense. 1. Act like a parent. Common sense, right? Well, not always. It is easy to slip out of the parental role and into one of a friend, but it is important to remember that you ...

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