Parenting

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Help!—I’m Clothes Shopping With My Teenage Daughter

By Shea Andreone “Stay neutral, stay neutral, stay neutral.”  That is the mantra that I have to keep repeating to myself while I shop for new clothes with my 13-year-old daughter. Middle school isn’t...

How I Felt When My Son Asked His Girlfriend’s Parents for Their Permission

A few years ago, when my oldest son was ready to propose to his long-time girlfriend, a few things happened. First, he asked me to go ring shopping with him. I...

31 Presents Your Daughter Will Love

When it comes to a Sweet 16, picking the perfect gift for this milestone birthday is no small task. Teens are not easy to shop for any day, let alone for...

What It’s Really Like to Be a Middle School Teacher

By Meredith Gavrin I like to believe that every parent of a young teenager has experienced the teenage equivalent of the children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad...

On a Road that By-Passes College

My eldest son has returned home from a five-week band tour of 26 cities and 30 shows. He zigged across America to New York City in his black van crammed with...

All the Stuff You Should NOT Worry About When Your Kid Goes to College

I am a maniacal worrier. No wait. I’m more than maniacal. I could worry professionally. I dare say, I’m pretty confidant that I’d take All The Gold Medals- a la Michael Phelps, if worrying was...

10 Tips for Handling Teen Grief

By Catherine Brown When my teen daughter experienced the death of a friend last year, I felt completely unprepared to support her in the grieving process. She seemed to want to process...

Quitting Soccer Wasn’t the Answer—and My Teen Found Her Passion Again

By Angela Williams Glenn It was hard to watch my daughter’s joyous smile slip off her face as she started to question whether she was good enough. As she walked off the...

How Parents Can Help College Students Manage Stress

Parents of new college students often wish they could peak inside their child’s world and help them from afar. They want to know what their child’s biggest stressors are, how they’re...

What is the True Price of a Dog?

“How much did Fisher cost?” one of my kids asks.  $350? $400? $575? That all depends, I think. The dog cost us $350.  He was neutered, vetted, and transported. But that was...

13 Things Nobody Tells New College Grads About Finding a Full-Time Job

After graduating with a college degree, you go straight to working in your dream job, right? I found out the hard way that this isn’t the case for many college grads...

I Need to Stop Anticipating My Empty Nest and Live In the Moment

My oldest son graduated last Spring and is rarely home even though he still keeps a bed here. Between his job, hobbies, and social life I might see him twice a...

4 Things Parents Should Know About the SAT and ACT

By Kimberly Witt Sweaty palms, ticking clocks, and parental pressures. Throw in a reading about the artistic influence of Jan Lievens and the value of n – m, and you have a...

Considering Contact Lenses for A Younger Child? (I Wish I Had)

By Sharon Holbrook My daughter just got fitted for her first contact lenses, and it’s been a breeze for her. For one thing, she loved being able to see clearly without glasses...

Proactive Eye Care Can Protect Your Child’s Vision

By Sharon Holbrook Until it affected my family, I didn’t realize that unintentionally delaying vision care for your child could mean permanently worse vision for them in the long run. And you...

How’s Your College Freshman? An interview with Dr. Suzanne Schnepps

By Kamyra Harding Clinical psychologist Suzanne Schneps stopped by “Fridays with Sue and Steph” to answer questions that parents of college freshmen posted in the Your Teen Media: Working Hard to Raise...

Stocking Stuffers for Teens and College Kids That Will Make Them Smile

When your older kid lumbers into the family room on Christmas morning, takes their stocking down from the mantle and looks inside, you might catch a glimpse of their little kid...

I Took 2 Mental Health Days in High School—And I Still Remember Them

By Jacqueline Miller It was 25 years ago, but I can still feel the tension melting from my shoulders when my mom asked, “Do you want to skip school tomorrow?” What I remember...

My Child Is So Mean to Me

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