Is Instagram giving teenagers anxiety?

From looking at a friend’s Instagram account, I thought her daughter was having the best high school experience. Yesterday, my friend told me her daughter hates high school. The conversation made me think about the “picture perfect” lives teenagers portray on Instagram and the stress it causes.  “Teenagers think everyone has a better life than they do,” my friend said to me. “It gives them…

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5 Ways for parents to help their teens cope with stress

If there’s one thing we continue to hear from our readers is that we are living in the age of anxiety. We are stressed, and our teens are stressed, and as parents we want ways to help our teenagers cope with the feeling of overwhelm. Today’s guest blogger, writer Harsha Goel, weighs in with advice on how to help your teenager handle the stress of…

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Is it okay to let your teen go to the Homecoming Afterparty?

    High school homecoming has been the topic of major conversation, in my home lately. Actually it’s not the homecoming event itself that has become the center of dinner debate, but rather the after party. The whole idea of the after party has me crazy! Let’s start with the invite…. My son changes his mind every day about whether he is going to invite…

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Teenage risk taking: How to help as a parent

  Today our guest blogger John O’Leary  has a lot to share with parents about teenage risk taking.  With the Internet, teens are participating in all kinds of risky challenges so they can put the footage up on social media. We think John has some great tips that could help even some of us who don’t realize it.  John is the author of the #1 national bestselling…

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5 Fun Things to Do With Your Teenager This Weekend

As a parent, the weekends seem to fly by and I wonder what I could have done to enjoy more time with my teenager. Sometimes, I feel like I am in competition with my teenagers’ friends for their time. I am always on the hunt for fun weekend activities that my teens will want to do with me. I figured you may feel the same…

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10 Teenage Activities I Checked Off My List this Summer

Summer came to an end this Labor Day weekend and if you are like me, you have NO idea where the time  went. The OCD in me needs to know that the teenage activities I planned to accomplish this summer were actually checked off my list. I find it is hard to do things with teenage boys who would rather play video games. However, the…

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Back to School: A Guide for What’s Hot With Teenagers

 Your Back-to-School Shopping Guide   Back-to-school season is here and it comes with a flurry of new products and trends. As parents of teenagers, we know that it can be both fun and overwhelming to figure out what our kids need and what they want. Shopping for the new school year can get pricey, really fast. So, to make it a little easier on all of…

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Fortnite addiction fueling lots of heated arguments in my home

  My teenage son is working this summer at a fast food restaurant. His job gives him a lot of hours. Still, he manages to find plenty of time for video games, Fortnite in particular. My husband is completely annoyed by this video game madness. Part of the reason my husband is annoyed is that it has become a loud activity. It usually involves more…

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Is it okay for boyfriend/girlfriend to sleep over each others house?

Little did I know 4 years ago when I blogged about this topic, which at the time I was dealing with my daughter Olivia with, that it would get SO much response from both parents and teens!! I have to say it stirred up quite the controversy but yet, opened up amazing dialogue between both parties!  So, I thought I would repost the blog for…

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