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Category: For Parents

Posted March 24, 2014, 3:21 p.m. by Andrea Bazemore | View Comments
Parenting Advice From a College Kid

It might seem strange for a person who isn’t even thinking about parenthood to write advice in a parenting article. Yet I may offer some of the best parenting advice you’re not hearing because I’m offering advice from the perspective of your teenagers. There are a lot of parenting books, magazines, and advice columns out there, but little of it is from the perspective of the teen. Here’s some advice that I’ve collected through things I’ve seen, heard, and experienced first hand. Parenting Advice From a Teen Let us make mistakes. We will never learn from our mistakes unless you ...

Posted March 24, 2014, 1:27 p.m. by Reese Hendricks | View Comments
How to Protect Your Teen From Summer Learning Loss

Is your teenager experiencing SLL? Most parents do a pretty good job of helping their teens stay occupied during the summer. However, staying occupied is one thing, preventing SLL, or Summer Learning Loss, is another battle. When I was a teacher in South Korea there were countless admirable things I gleaned from their education system. In fact, American educators and parents can learn much from an industrious nation like South Korea; after all, they have been in the business of teaching and fostering their youth for over 5,000 years. For example, South Korea has nothing near a 12-week summer vacation ...

Posted March 24, 2014, 11 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Pay it Forward

When someone does a good deed for you, express your gratitude by doing something nice for someone else. That’s the essence of “pay it forward,” a term you often hear in casual conversation. It’s not new. Who knew that this popular concept has its roots in a play from ancient Athens, the exact words from a book in 1916, and was popularized in another book in 1951? Here is the excerpt from the 1951 title Between Planets by Robert A. Heinlein: The banker reached in the folds of his gown, pulled out a single credit note. “But eat first – ...

Posted March 23, 2014, 11 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Community Service Inspires Teens

It’s easy to see why some teens and adults feel stymied by the overwhelming array of problems that exist in our world today. Pollution. Homelessness. Hunger. Terrorism. Animal abuse. Lack of quality education for all. Racism. Sexism. Depression. Teen suicide. Unfortunately, the list goes on and on. But, it’s just as easy to be inspired by acts of kindness and heroism to do your part -– no matter how small -– to make the world a better place. Every good deed counts. Any high school community service work done from the heart is worthy. // Why commit to community service? ...

Posted March 22, 2014, 11 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Challenges of Being an Introverted Teen

In high school, Alex MacNair created a public service announcement titled “What is an Introvert?” to explain how it feels to be an introvert in a society that he believes values extroverts. Given Alex’s description of himself on his website, it’s safe to assume Alex is an introvert. He explains, “I love learning about technology and utilizing it to express myself creatively. I enjoy programming, special effects, filmmaking, web design, photography, and graphic design...On a given day, you might find me in the woods taking photos, filming a video around town, or at home on the computer working on a ...

Posted March 21, 2014, 12:25 p.m. by Katherine Dayton | View Comments
Plugged or Unplugged? Technology and Summer Programs

Recently, there’s been a bit of lively buzz in the summer camps community about a new policy announced by the #1 ranked camp in Pennsylvania that allows “Smartphones, music players, tablets, e-readers, even laptops–they’re all fair game...” Technology can be a great thing, but should it be used in the great outdoors? Allowing Technology Kids are entwined in their gadgetry. In fact, almost everyone uses gadgetry for business and social commerce these days. Even in under-resourced countries worldwide, no matter how remote or economically depressed, one is hard-pressed not to find cell phones prevalent, at least. The scope of summer ...

Posted March 21, 2014, 11 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Supporting Teens with ADHD

As parents, we likely sense what statistics confirm. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is on the rise. According to data reported in The Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 11 percent of children ages 4 to 17 received an ADHD diagnosis in 2011 and 69 percent of these 6.4 million youth took medication to treat ADHD. These figures represent approximately 2 million more children with ADHD than the number reported in 2003. Many teens do NOT outgrow ADHD. According to WebMD, most people who are diagnosed with ADHD as children still struggle with it as teens. ...

Posted March 21, 2014, 10 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
Race to Nowhere: How Parents Can Help Teens Reduce Stress

Are teens still in a race to nowhere? Not if we can help it. A follow-up to the poignant documentary, Race to Nowhere, spurs the new campaign, "Replace the Race." Race to Nowhere Several years ago, I went to a screening of the documentary Race to Nowhere. At the time, my own children were in elementary, middle and high school. Prior to seeing the movie, I had thought that my older children seemed overly stressed out about school, and all of their club and sports commitments. On most afternoons, my daughters, who played multiple sports and never got home from ...

Posted March 20, 2014, 3:55 p.m. by Victoria Kempf | View Comments
3 Online Risks for Teens

When parents think about online risks for teens, many only think about inappropriate websites, online bullying, and social media, to name a few. But what if the effects of being online 24/7 stay with your teen even when they aren't sitting at the computer? Teens being online can cause deeper, more prominent issues that all parents should be aware of. 3 Teen Online Risks Parents Don’t Think About! 1. The Issue: Sleep Deprivation The Common Cause: Teens Are Online When They Should Be Sleeping The Reason: In this digital age of online risks, kids want to be connected 24/7 to ...

Posted March 20, 2014, 2:44 p.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
Why I Send My Teen to Sleepaway Camp

When my ten-year-old daughter begged me to go sleepaway camp, I was conflicted. I knew many people — adults and kids — that thought sleepaway camp was the greatest experience. A chance to enjoy some independence, make new friends and create wonderful memories. But selfishly, I hated the idea of her being away from home most of the summer. But ultimately, I decided to let her try it. This past summer marked my daughter’s fifth year at the same camp. At fifteen, I know for sure that sleepaway camp was the best place for her to spend the summer. Here ...

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