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Tips For Getting Girls Into Sports

Would it surprise you to know that girls are twice as likely to drop out of sporting activities through their teenage years than boys? Or to realize that most young girls start engaging in organized sports up to two whole years later than boys? …

How To Help A Friend Who Is an Addict

One of the most devastating things that can happen to any family is substance abuse in any form. Anything in excess is never good for anyone. That could be anything from too much food, exercise, alcohol or even shopping. Addictive behaviors can turn relationships upside down for those who…

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All Blog Posts Tagged 'teens' (165)

That first time your relationship with your parents changed

My son has had a lot of milestones: First crawl, first tooth, first steps, first day of school, first fall from his bike, first lost tooth...and he probably won't remember most of them. But that's OK, because he has a whole other set of milestones coming his way. Some are major (first time driving, first day of high…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 17, 2017 at 6:29am — No Comments

That might not be teenage angst

Take a walk through memory lane with me back to your teenage years. (Sorry, this may be a bumpy ride.) Were they mostly happy? Did you feel misunderstood? Did you feel stressed out? Did you ever feel depressed?…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 2, 2017 at 6:40am — No Comments

8 ultimate ways to help your teenager make the most out of the summer break

Can you recall making huge plans for summer as a child, but the only things you ended up doing is watching TV and wandering around the neighborhood? Now, as a parent, you certainly need to help your kids make the most out of their summer break by engaging them in various activities,…

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Added by Helen Shep on May 29, 2017 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Book Themes #2: Dragons

This week I'm sharing a theme featuring dragons. The books below can engage young readers to discover the fantastic worlds that dragon live in. As always, happy reading!

Dragons are amazing in stories for kids. The artwork alone will make anyone want to pick up the book to see the adventure that awaits inside. Bold characters whose bravery leaps beyond belief…

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Added by Kristi Bernard on March 30, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments

From joy to anger to snark

It's hard for me to look at my son now and imagine the swirling mass of hormones that he will become one day. It is equally hard for me to think about the time that he will not need me around anymore (but still want me there, like a plant). But, those days are coming, whether I like it or not. So, I guess that it is good for me to…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 23, 2016 at 8:06am — No Comments

Don't forget to water the parents

I am very happy to be back at home to spend time with my son, especially as he is about to be off from school for the holiday. We have a list of special things for the two of us to do together while we are home. I am trying to treasure this time, because I know that one day, he will want his Mommy to be just like a plant.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 21, 2016 at 6:20am — No Comments

Mom Meltdown

It’s 4:20am and I just walked my Husband to his car.  As he starts the car to leave to catch his vanpool, I start crying.  “I can’t lose my baby!”  No, I’m not pregnant…I’m referring to my 17-year-old Daughter.  She is a Junior in High School, and this…

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Added by crystal arzu on December 15, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

When the rules aren't clear

Let's say you have a rule in your household that there are no electronic devices at the dinner table. You have this rule in place because you are trying to establish the expectation for your son early in life and you don't want to become one of those families you see in restaurants - the ones who are all staring at personal screens and not talking to each other.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 29, 2016 at 7:25am — No Comments

Why Dad needs to keep his voice down

I read a lot of studies about parenthood. A surprising number of them uncover changes that need to be made in the Mother's behavior, because either the study didn't cover Dads as well, or it saw Dad's behavior as not having a significant effect on the child.



So it was somewhat refreshing to find a study that…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 10, 2016 at 7:21am — No Comments

Where is your phone right now?

When I am work, I carry my mobile phone with me from meeting to meeting. I do not want to do this, but should I get a call from my son's school, I want to be able to answer it. I try to keep it on silent, so it will not ding during meetings, and I try to remember to turn the volume back on at the end of the day in case my husband calls while I am driving home from work. (I am not always successful at remembering either of those things -…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 16, 2016 at 6:16am — No Comments

SecureTeen: Ensuring a Safer Digital Experience for Kids

The threats of internet have been well-documented over the years, and while you as parent may know how to avoid them, chances are your kids don’t. Things could get ugly real fast if you don’t ensure their safety. However, it is easier said than done, especially in the modern day because kids spend…

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Added by Mom Bloggers Club on April 27, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

This is how I lost an hour on a Sunday morning

It started with a video link on Twitter.



I normally do not click on Twitter video links, but no one else was awake in my household and I already had breakfast in the oven. So I watched it. After watching the video, I texted a group of my friends and the following exchange happened:…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 4, 2016 at 6:05am — No Comments

Worried about my generation

I spent a weekend at the beach with my girlfriends recently. And what I learned from them gave me hope: They reported that their children (mostly teens) were well behaved, not interested in dating or other risky behaviors and are quite academically inclined.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 22, 2016 at 6:19am — No Comments

The science that sticks

I listen to a podcast on my way to work called Stuff You Missed in History Class. It touches on people I've never heard of before, takes a much deeper dive on stories that may have only gotten a paragraph in my history textbooks and offers up a lot of non-U.S. history, which I thoroughly enjoy.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 2, 2016 at 6:22am — No Comments

The Value of Relationships

We have had many conversations in our home lately concerning relationships. How relationships are viewed today. How they were viewed when I was a teenager. How will we choose to walk in them. I’ve heard, more times than I can count, that the way teens do relationships today is different. They are free to talk to whomever they want, for as long as they want, without it carrying any weight as to the seriousness of the relationship. It doesn’t matter that they spend hours “texting” and…

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Added by Tina Chambers Smith on February 11, 2016 at 11:07am — No Comments

Depression is a social desease

When our most recent cat was still alive, I noticed that she would come and sit with me whenever I felt sad. I don't know how she knew that about me, but if I started to feel blue, she would hop up next to me (she was never a lap cat) and purr to let me know that I wasn't alone in the world and she had my back.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 9, 2016 at 6:11am — 1 Comment

Keeping a digital tab on your teen

I know that I am going to stalk my son on his mobile device.



It will not matter to me how responsible he is, or what agreement we will have around his device or how old he is. I will be stalking him.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on February 1, 2016 at 6:27am — 3 Comments

Teaching Sexual Health to Kids

Originally posted on www.themamasutra.net

It was a typical weekday morning in our house. I was the first one up, and my kids were moving slowly to get ready for school. I headed downstairs to make some breakfast for us. Marcia came downstairs topless and in a rush; she showed me a little red spot on her left breast and asked, "Mom, is this anything?" It looked like a small red mark left after a scratch, so I…

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Added by Lanae St.John on December 17, 2015 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Making positivity cool

I try very hard to stay a positive person. Yes, I have backup plans if things go wrong and like everyone I have off-kilter days, but generally speaking, I like to think that life will go my way. And I have noticed that I am the happiest when I am hanging out with like-minded positive people: Happiness spreads happiness.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 15, 2015 at 6:21am — No Comments

How are babies made?

We were eating dinner in a Chinese restaurant when my son asked me how babies were made. I swallowed my mouthful of sweet-and-sour chicken and answered him with an age-appropriate summary of how sperm and an egg join together and then grown inside a woman's womb to make a baby.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 24, 2015 at 6:15am — 2 Comments

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