The most awkward time for you child is when they stop being a kid but aren't quite an adult. Their bodies are changing, and their hormones are going nuts. Some handle it gracefully, but most freak out.
And it doesn't help that the role models they are presented with in the media are airbrushed into oblivion and have press agents to make sure they're saying the right things for their image. The reality your teen faces is filled with so much fake-ness, it's hard for them to look at themselves and recognize that what is real is normal and perfect.
If you’re like other parents around the country, the daunting season of college applications can bring about unwanted stress and emotion.
When to apply, where to visit, financial aid, scholarships, there are so many aspects that come up. Perhaps one of the most common questions is-What major should my child apply for?
Here’s the good news:
Gang rape is not just a problem in India.
Last summer, in a small town in Ohio, two teenage boys allegedly raped a 16-year-old girl who was intoxicated into oblivion.
Somewhere during the first week of school, I noticed that my daughter was not acting like herself. “Herself” is usually (not always, but usually) a bubbly, happy, confident, energetic kid who generally tends to let things roll off her back.
The Drug Lady came to 8th grade this week.
You may think I’m joking, but that’s what the kids at our school call the prevention specialist who visits our 13 and 14 year olds for a week each year as they prepare to face high school’s chemical perils.
One student saw her in an airport security line and called out “Hi, Drug Lady!” which led to a long visit in a private screening room and the Drug Lady missing her flight.
I love the Drug Lady almost as much as the kids do.
Would you let your 17 or 18, or 19-year old daughter, and her boyfriend, share a bed if he slept over your house? Let's back up - would you ever even let your daughter’s boyfriend sleep over your house?
There are certain moments in life that, while they’re happening, you just know will be moments you’ll remember forever. There are the obvious ones - saying I do, holding your child for the first time, finding out that someone close to you has passed away.
People always say raising a boy is easier than a girl. I’ve never been sure why.
From the moment I realized I had grown a male infant inside my decidedly female body, I was impressed to the point of being intimidated.
How early is too early to start thinking about college?
The answer: It is never too early.
Typically, educators throughout the United States tend to place the most emphasis of the college search and application process during a student’s junior and/or senior year of high school. But with colleges becoming more and more competitive and expensive, the reality is that families need to be thinking about college much earlier than the latter two year of high school.
Part of parenting - a weighty and unglamorous responsibility - is keeping your kids safe.