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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 Oct. 29, 2014, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
learning a language on a gap year

Many educational experts are quick to extol the virtues of taking a gap year between high school and college, in that it brings immense benefits (both personal and career-wise) for teens. Learning (or improving) a language not only provides a great deal of satisfaction, but it can also set a teen in good stead for future life. What Benefits Can Learning a Language Offer? The most important, and long-reaching, benefit of learning a new language is undoubtedly for future career prospects. Having a second (or third) language under their belt can open up a teen’s options, and make them very ...

Posted Oct. 27, 2014, 1 p.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
gap year benefits

An ever-increasing amount of teens are taking a break from education between high school and college, and this can bring about understandable concern for some parents. It’s hard not to imagine your child frittering away their time partying in a foreign country, and worrying about how taking a year out is going to affect their education in the long run is natural. However, with many colleges now actively encouraging it, and an overwhelming amount of benefits (some that last a life-time), perhaps a gap year is something both you and your teen should seriously consider. A gap year gives teens ...

Posted Oct. 10, 2014, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
how to help your add teen towards independence

Parenting a child with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) is often a roller-coaster of emotions, and the thought of them beginning to take those first strides towards independence is usually enough to evoke sheer panic. Becoming self-sufficient and accountable for your own actions is hard for any teenager, but throwing ADD into the mix makes it all the more challenging. However, if you start to implement routines and offer help from early adolescence (if not sooner), your child will find the road to independence far less bumpy. How to Guide Your Teen with ADD towards Independence Allow Them Room to Grow ...

Posted Oct. 6, 2014, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
be a part of your child's education

It’s crucial not to underestimate the importance of parental involvement in a child’s education. The input you provide is a determining factor in how successful they are not only as children, but adults, too. However, problems arise when that involvement becomes heavy-handed, often to the point of being overbearing, and managing to avoid this dangerous pitfall is not always easy. How to Be a Part of Your Child's Education without Being Too Heavy-Handed Loosen the Control Teenagers will invariably find a million and one excuses not to do their homework, and while they may need gentle encouragement, they should ultimately ...

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