Category Archives: Family & Home Life

Can an App Create the Perfect Daily Schedule for Your Teen?

Life is all about balance. Finding happiness – or at least a daily schedule you can live with – takes trial and error. As adults, we know what’s best for us. Over the years, we learn how much sleep we need, how much exercise we need, how much downtime we need, and how much work […]

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Talking to Teens: What is Your Teen Ready to Hear (And How Do You Know)?

While researching topics and articles for our blog, we found an article in the online pop culture/positive storytelling website Upworthy called “Adults Share Things Teens ‘Aren’t Ready To Hear,’ And It’s Some Solid Advice For All Ages.” Funny, we thought. What kind of things are they talking about? What are teens not ready to hear […]

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Is Your Teen at Risk of Human Trafficking?

Child trafficking is a serious problem in the U.S. and worldwide. This abhorrent practice almost disappeared in the U.S. in the 1990s, but is back, and increasing every year. The return of child trafficking is directly related to the prevalence of the internet, smartphones, and social media/messaging technology. Texting and messaging technology appeared in the […]

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Dance, Drama, and Drawing: How to Support a Teen’s Interests in the Arts

In the year 2021, teens looking for ways to spend their spare time have virtually unlimited options. Instant connectivity – a result of the computer revolution – allows them to go online and connect with peers who share their same interests at any time they choose. Teens can connect with teens halfway around the world, […]

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Parents of Teens: Encourage Exploration, But Set Limits

If you’re the parent of a teen interested in improving your teen’s social skills, you probably spend time reading up on teen psychology. Here’s a theme, or trope, you likely see all the time: Life is about experiences. The more new, diverse experiences you have, the more you learn and grow. The more you learn […]

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Get to Know Your Teen: What Are YA Novels?

Nothing compares to getting lost in the pages of a fantastic book. Talented authors can keep you engaged for hours at a time, turning page after page as you anticipate what comes next. Summer reading programs at local libraries and Scholastic book fairs were a large part of childhood for many adults today. The advent […]

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Get to Know Your Teen: What is Online Gaming?

Video games have come a long way from their very humble beginnings in the mid-20th century. The first rudimentary computer game made its debut in 1951, but Atari made game consoles a household name when they launched in 1972. These original home game systems were a far cry from the online gaming of today, though. […]

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Should You Care if Your Teen Wants to Read a Banned Book

Banning books is not a new practice. Attempts to keep adolescents from reading material unsuitable for their age range have been around for over a century. Historians usually consider Uncle Tom’s Cabin as the first nationally banned book in the United States toward the end of the 1800s. We’d like to think limiting access to […]

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