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Category: Health & Wellness

Posted March 27, 2014, noon by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Second Semester High School Seniors Enjoy Senior Spring

Even before the snow melts, crocus pop through the frozen ground, and temperatures rise, two simple words — senior spring — illicit a great big sigh of relief from high school seniors across the country. Some have already been accepted to colleges of their choice. While others are still waiting to hear, their college applications are long gone and grades to date have already been submitted. Whatever happens now, well, happens now. Carpe Diem Instead of living for the future, senior spring is all about living in the moment. As I write this blog post, my high school senior is ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 2:23 p.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
7 Tips for Parents of Athletes

Parenting a teenage athlete has its moments of fun and excitement, but can also be stressful and time consuming. Here are 7 tips for parents to bring out the best in their teenage athletes, and in themselves on the sidelines. 7 Tips for Parents of Athletes 1. Support your child on the field. Cheer for your athlete in a positive and respectful manner. Be encouraging. Emphasize fun and effort, not results and winning. 2. Help your teen set attainable goals toward which to work. Your child can’t control how fast the other swimmers at a meet swim, but he can ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 2 p.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Books to Read Over Vacation

When my daughter was in middle school, she and I were invited to join a mother daughter book group. The group read age-appropriate books and got together to enjoy a light meal followed by a discussion led by the daughter of the mom hosting the group. But, by the time the girls entered high school, they had too much homework to allow time to read a book-group-book for pleasure during the school year. During most months of the school year we read articles instead. Books were reserved for vacations and summer. Whether your children participate in a book group or ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 1 p.m. by Fred Joseph | View Comments
7 Safe Driving Tips for Teenagers

While you may think that residential areas pose fewer threats to drivers than freeways, these roads can be just as dangerous. You have pedestrians and children playing outside to worry about; blind curves, and many signs you must pay attention to. Read on for info on residential area safe driving tips. Here are our safe driving tips for teenagers to ensure you are driving your best in a neighborhood: 1. Be aware of and follow the speed limit. The speed limit in these areas is usually as low as 25 MPH. With the possibility of kids playing on the streets, ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 12:20 p.m. by Marthe Teixeira | View Comments
The Secrets to Maintaining the Mother-Daughter Bond

When I reflect back on my teen years, one thing that definitely stands out is how my mother and I used to get into little spats. I am sure it had to do with my constant mood swings or thinking I knew everything at the immature age of 17. At 17, I thought I was old enough to be independent and thought that I was Miss Know-It-All and I was right about everything. I would purposely go against my mother on what she said (even if I agreed with her) just to prove how “smart” I was. One saying that ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 11 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Teen Dating Violence

Abusive relationships know no age limits. Unfortunately, they often start with teenagers. Youth between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest per capita rate of intimate partner violence. In the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 9.4 percent of high school students report being “hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend” in the 12 months prior to the survey. In addition, one in three teenagers report knowing a friend or peer who has been “hit, punched, kicked, slapped, choked or physically hurt” by their ...

Posted March 25, 2014, 1:31 p.m. by Marthe Teixeira | View Comments
How to Discuss Dating with your Teen: Tips for Parents

Dating can be a tough topic for parents and teens to discuss. Dating has changed, and is more complex than ever, especially with social media so prevalent and the endless texting with teens. When your teen starts to show an interest in dating, that is when you want to have the discussion and iron out how you feel about it. As parents, you want to prepare your child to date and make sure they make good decisions. Here are some tips on how to talk to your teen about dating: Be clear: When you are talking to your teen about ...

Posted March 25, 2014, 11 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Mother-Daughter Book Group

When my daughter was in 9th grade, she and I were invited to join a long-standing mother-daughter book group that began in elementary school. I’ve heard that when the girls were young, they loved reading the selected books, preparing questions, answering questions, socializing, and eating dinner together in a big group. Book Group By the time we had joined the group, the girls’ homework load prohibited us from reading books except during school vacations and summers. Instead, we read a thought-provoking article or two about every six weeks. The girls typically race through the articles an hour or so before ...

Posted March 25, 2014, 10:44 a.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
6 Easy Ways to Deal with Stress

If you find yourself becoming stressed over the idea of college searching and job new beginnings, don't worry! Here are 6 easy ways to cope with that stress: 1. Stop stressing about stress. Admit that you're stressed and learn how to deal with it. The best question to ask yourself is, "What can I do right now to fix it?" If you can do something about it, do it. If it is out of your control, realize that worrying will not solve anything. 2. Quiet time. Finding a few moments of peace and quiet might be just what you need ...

Posted March 24, 2014, 4:37 p.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
How Much Do Teens Read?

As the school year closes and summer quickly approaches, teens are starting to search for their summer reading books to get a head start. The following statistics came from a November 2012 survey, polling high school and college students about their reading and literacy habits. So, How Much Do Teens Read? Where do you read? An actual book (paper): 98.0% eReader (Kindle, Nook, etc.): 29.4% Online: 16.4% On my mobile phone: 13.5% What are your reading habbits? 77.7% of teens say they read at least one extra book per month for personal pleasure that isn't required for school. Nearly a ...

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