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Category: Health & Wellness

Posted Dec. 22, 2016, 4:29 p.m. by Dr. Vikram Tarugu | View Comments
teen addiction

No one likes to think that their teen is addicted to drugs. It can destroy families and have a devastating impact on your teen's future well-being. If you find yourself in this unenviable position, follow these intervention steps, and be ready to seek guidance from someone with professional training right away. Step One: Help Your Teen Admit There is a Problem You can’t really solve this kind of a problem if both sides aren’t committed to solving it. If your teen doesn’t acknowledge the problem or thinks “it isn’t a big deal,” you won’t get very far towards the solution. ...

Posted Dec. 15, 2016, 4:04 p.m. by Kay Keough | View Comments
teen stress homework junior

Like other parents, Elena Selivan often wondered if her daughter Nikita, a junior at Lexington High School in Lexington, Mass., was really doing her homework or just twiddling her thumbs, listening to music and Snapchatting in her room after school. But an important realization struck one day when Nikita wanted to go out with friends, and Elena balked. “When have I ever not done my work?” Nikita asked. “I realized (high school kids) are working so hard, and we as parents don’t see it. We only see a selection of it: their grades,” says Selivan. “They’re dealing with sports, grades, ...

Posted Sept. 30, 2016, 9 a.m. by Kay Keough | View Comments
How Theater Skills Transform into Life Skills

Having a theatrical background himself, Rob Seitelman might be a little biased, but he believes students involved in theater take valuable skills to college. “We have to allow ourselves to explore and use everything we learn to potentially help us understand theater – and, by extension, help us understand life,” says Seitelman, the Princeton Review’s director of educational partnerships for the Southwest and Pacific Northwest. We talked to Seitelman and other college experts and students about how theater training can give you a leg up over peers, both during the college application process and in the transition to college. Here ...

Posted Sept. 27, 2016, 9 a.m. by Mary Grauerholz | View Comments
Four Steps to Avoid Gap Year Culture Shock

Before she went to Japan as an exchange student at age 21, Rebecca Fitzgerald thought she was well prepared for culture shock. But the cultural reality was harder than she imagined. “I came to realize that I had a very surface understanding of it,” Fitzgerald says. “But what I had learned – the visual parts of a culture, food, the way people dress – is the tip of the iceberg.” The disorienting parts were what she calls “the invisible” belief systems: the ways people live, how they perceive other cultures. On top of all that, Fitzgerald felt guilty. “I thought ...

Posted Aug. 15, 2016, 9:47 a.m. by Gwyneth Findlay | View Comments
6 Tips To Survive the First 6 Weeks of College

Starting college may feel like going back to school feels every year. It’s in August or September, the month you’ve started classes for most of your life. You’re heading into four months of classes during weekdays – much like every other semester of school you’ve experienced. You’ve spent the last few weeks collecting odds and ends of school supplies and other college essentials, which feels a lot like the annual school supply round-up you’ve done for many years. While these similarities are comforting, the first few weeks at college can be overwhelming, even with college orientation. Here are a few ...

Posted June 24, 2016, 9 a.m. by Pam Willsey | View Comments
 How To Help Our Girls Transition to College

As a college transition coach, I’ve seen the worry, excitement and anxiety of parents sending their daughters off to college. The hopeful optimism of “she’ll be fine,” mingled with the fear that comes from wondering what may really be going on … and what may be to come. And I’ve heard plenty of mixed feelings from the girls themselves, as they learn to navigate a brand new terrain that requires new levels of responsibility, intensity and problemsolving that are the hallmarks of transitioning from high school to college. Our daughters need our help You don’t have to look far to ...

Posted June 3, 2016, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
3 Things to Help Teens Moving to a New Town this Summer

For teens in high school, moving is hard. Social situations are already stressful enough, and just as you’re getting comfortable around a group of friends you have to transition to a new school and town where you need to start all over again. But by being outgoing, open to new adventures and discovering ways to connect with your new community, you can start to feel at home. I had a friend in high school whose family was moving all the time, he had lived in four different states between first and 11th grade! Interestingly, he seemed to take it very ...

Posted June 1, 2016, 9 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
Have a Teen Headed to Camp? Break Out the Disposable Sheets!

If you have a teenager going to an overnight program this summer, you’ve probably already started the packing list, and most likely not without a hint of stress. Before you go too far down that path, the moms at Beantown Bedding have some words to the wise: Summer camp for teens should be like a mini vacation for you. Assume that everything you send will be lost, stolen or damaged, so set expectations low for the safe return of anything other than your actual kids. Get the rag bin ready for the return of stained T-shirts and suddenly single socks, ...

Posted May 16, 2016, 9 a.m. by Filippo Cipriani | View Comments
Boost Your Creativity With These 5 Steps

You’ve probably had moments when you could use a boost of creativity, such as when that college essay prompt is staring you in the face and your keyboard seems to be frozen. But there are things you can do to give yourself a creative jumpstart and help you buckle down on a college application or even solve an everyday problem. Creativity is often associated with artistic aptitude. However that is only part of the story. You can be creative in all kinds of situations: sports, school, social situations and business (although creative accounting is discouraged and is actually illegal in ...

Posted May 2, 2016, 11:36 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Watch for These 6 Red Flags the Summer Before College

Watch for These 6 Red Flags the Summer Before College Every soon-to-be college student experiences some level of fear and hesitancy about this next step. It’s natural to feel college anxiety and be concerned about doing well in a new environment. During the summer before my daughter went to college, I began noticing some red flags. At first, I ignored them, knowing she was simply nervous. But as the weeks rolled on and more and more began popping up, I began to get concerned. Had she changed her mind about college? Was she willing to turn her back on what ...

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