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The Joy of Having Teens in My House

By Kari ODriscoll Teenagers are my favorite human beings. When I say that out loud, people often look at me as if I misspoke or they misunderstood, but it’s true. There is something...

Why Single-Sex Colleges Should Be on Your Girl’s College List

By Cathie Ericson As high school students start building a list of colleges to consider, they usually focus on aspects like big vs. small, rural vs. urban, or public vs. private. That’s...

The 10 Things I Say to My Teens When They are Stressed Out

The other day, I was text-talking to my college freshman when she was in between classes. She was using the time to look for shoe boots online and was sending me...

Teachers of Teenage Students Merit Gratitude in COVID-19 Pandemic Era

By Kimberly Witt Dear Teachers of Teenagers, First of all, I see you. Not in a creepy, “Every breath you take I’m watching you” kind of way, but in a, “While I don’t...

20 Sweet Treats Under $25 (2022)

Want to use February 14 as an excuse to give your teen a small gift or send your college student a care package? Here’s our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide with some...

I Need to Stop Explaining My Daughter’s College Choice

Let me tell you about my daughter, Maggie. She was an excellent student in high school, was on the cross-country and track team, volunteered, and had a part-time job. She’s prime parent bragging material. As...

22 Ways Teens Can Boost Their Chance of Admission

What is demonstrated interest? Anything students, prospective college applicants, can do which conveys this message: “I am interested in your campus.” Why does demonstrated interest matter? First, an important qualification: Not all colleges and...

10 Ways to Cheer Up a College Student When They Are Sad or Stressed

If your college student is upset, stressed, or lonely, as a parent, you want to do everything you can to make their pain go away and for them to feel happy...

Teen Safe Driving Tips for Winter

By Jennifer Proe Winter arrived with a bang in much of the U.S. last week, causing parents of teen drivers everywhere to develop a sudden onset of “white knuckle syndrome.” We worry...

42 Best Valentines Gifts for Teens and College Kids (2022)

Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to send a college care package or surprise your kiddo with a small but thoughtful gift. Sending one of these presents is a way to...

10 Things College Students Miss Most When They’re Away From Home

Being away from home at college is a great opportunity for students to learn about themselves and gain independence while emerging into adulthood. While it may seem like college students LOVE...

When Children Seem Troubled by Our Emotions and Moods

Hi, this is Janet Lansbury. Welcome to Unruffled. So today I’m going to be responding to a question from a parent who is concerned that her son may be feeling responsible...

Advice for Parents of Teens

By Dr. Mark Shatz Death sucks. As a death educator and psychology professor, I help others understand and navigate the losses associated with the final journey. Although there are ways to promote healthy...

High School STEM Programs and Classes: Encourage Girl Students Too

By Julie Schuler With the start of my daughter’s 7th grade year came a curious comment. “There are hardly any girls in my math class,” she said. It was an accelerated class,...

How to Appeal a Financial Aid Award When Your Teen Needs More Money

It’s spring of senior year and your daughter has just received the best news of her life. “Congratulations! We are pleased to inform you that…” She breaks into a huge smile,...

Q&A With a Parenting Expert

By Susan Borison Once upon a time, one of our kids went out on a date with a guy we didn’t know. One minute she was in our living room; then he...

My Husband Called Our Son Lazy And This Is How I Reacted

“I’m going to burst” blurts my husband, the planes of his face tight with anger. “Maybe we should stop him working, prevent him going out, or switch off the Wi-Fi.” I...

From the Terrible Twos to Teen Independence

By Wendy Wisner I have a confession to make: the teen years have been my easiest parenting years so far. By a landslide. I was hesitant to declare this when my older son...

Black Kids Get Eating Disorders Too

By Frieda Millhouse-Jones, M.D. I’m a physician, but my internalized belief that eating disorders are a disease of affluent white women blinded me from recognizing disordered eating in my own household. In...

25 Ways to Help Your Teen Drive Safely Back to College

Saying goodbye to our college daughter on the steps of her freshman dorm last fall was a moment marked with a long hug, a few tears and a dollop of heartache....

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