Making Homework Less Work

Homework has always been disliked by students, but with many American students attending school online, homework encompasses more than ever. Students may feel an overwhelming amount of work simply because it’s all at home. In a normal school year, teachers consider homework a valuable tool. It can reinforce concepts taught in class, provide new information beyond what was explained in

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Why aren’t some teens taking coronavirus seriously?

As confirmed COVID-19 cases rise across the United States, parents might feel confused by or frustrated with teens who don’t seem to care about the pandemic, ignore recommended safety precautions, or believe the virus isn’t a problem at all. Parents need to remember that it is perfectly natural for adolescents to push boundaries, question authority, and embrace risk – their

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Parents Must Present a United Front with Teens

Parenting doesn’t come with an instruction manual, and there’s not one “right” way to do it. However there is scientific evidence that supports one important parenting tip: regardless of your parenting style or your family values, children thrive in households where both parents present a united front. What is a “united front”? The definition of a “united front” is a

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Making Online School Work Better

The school year is beginning, but it’s never looked so different. Many schools across the world are turning to online learning as a way to continue our youth’s education during the COVID-19 pandemic. While we are very fortunate to have the technology to continue learning online, this format of education creates several challenges. Here is advice from experts on how

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Teach Teens What to Do In the Event of a Car Crash

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are more than 2 million injuries from motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. every year. The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16-to 19-year-olds than among any other age group. This means that, sadly, there’s a fair possibility your teen could be involved in a car accident before they

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Tips for Teens to Stay Healthy at College

New college students have always faced an increased risk of illness from the flu, meningitis, mononucleosis and colds. But the COVID-19 pandemic brings a whole new host of worries. Some colleges are keeping instruction online to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but many universities are bringing students back to campus with new health precautions in place. However, when you’re living

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Developing Empathy in Youth

With our nation experiencing intense divisions ranging from politics to face masks to racial injustice, developing empathy in the next generation is more important than ever. Empathy is the ability to emotionally understand what other people feel, see things from their point of view, and imagine yourself in their place. Essentially, it is “walking a mile in someone else’s shoes.”

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Teach Teens the Loving-Kindness Meditation

During this difficult time of upheaval, when the news is focused on the pandemic, racial unrest, economic difficulties, and political divisiveness, it’s important that each of us find healthy ways to cope. Teens are definitely struggling right now with anger, stress, anxiety, and depression. Science shows that one of the most beneficial things we can do to feel better, combat

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8 High-Paying and Fast-Growing Careers that Only Require an Associate’s Degree

Many high school students are pushed towards college as the logical next step in their life’s journey. However, college is not the right option for every person. Some students really don’t like school and committing to another four years feels unbearable. Some students struggled in school and can’t keep up with the rigorous demands of a 4-year institution. Others are

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Ways High School Students Can Get Extracurricular Activities During the Pandemic

For many teens, the pandemic has shut down or cancelled many extracurricular activities that are so critical to the college admissions process. With no school clubs, part-time jobs, volunteer projects, or sports, how are high school students going to get the experience colleges seem to prioritize? Never fear! There are actually lots of ways for teenagers to build their college

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Talking to Teens about Racism in America

As protests take place around the United States, worried parents of all ethnicities struggle with what to say to their teens. Conversations about race, police brutality, violence, and injustice are extremely difficult. Unfortunately, because those conversations are uncomfortable and because we want to protect our children from seeing the worst in our society, so many of us tend to avoid

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Prepping for an Unusual Summer During a Pandemic

Summer 2020 will be unlike any summer your child has ever experienced. Many plans and activities have changed or been cancelled due to fears of spreading COVID-19. Part-time jobs for teens are in short supply. Parents fret over whether sports, pools, theme parks, and other amusements are safe. Camps and youth programs are cancelled or moved to online. Many vacation

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How to Handle Teens’ Rude Behavior During Lockdown

Rude behavior is fairly common among adolescents, but with so many families locked down in their homes during the pandemic, the problem is likely increasing. Everyone’s stress levels are higher, which makes all of us a little less patient and a lot more frustrated. As children enter adolescence, they begin to create a sense of identity and attempt to differentiate

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