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Updated: February 12, 2020

A Parent's Guide To VSCO

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VSCO is a term that has been getting a lot of attention lately amongst parents. This Scary Mommy article which takes a candid and comical look at the whole VSCO phenomenon has probably shown up in your social media feed at least once this week. If you’re still not sure exactly what VSCO means, how teens use it, and what we should consider as parents, this article is for you. Spoiler alert: The term is definitely overused, unproductive, and doesn’t need anymore hype.

From the Sandbox to First Love

From the Sandbox to First Love

Kids need to show and receive affection from the time they're born. As they grow older, they learn to demonstrate their affection in different ways. From a toddler's sudden hug to a teen's proposal of marriage to his first love - learn about the stages of emotions your children go through at different ages.

Preschoolers

Preschoolers love to imitate their parents. They are quick to hug and kiss a friend or preschool classmate -- just like Mommy hugs and kisses Daddy.

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Stepchildren with Problems

Stepchildren with Problems

A stepchild with problems creates problems for the entire family. High-stress behavior never happens in a vacuum; even one member of the family “losing it” is one too many, and this affects the stepfamily as a whole.

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Teens and Partying

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Teens and Partying

You can already guess the drawbacks of entertaining teenagers in your own home (fingerprints all over the walls, no food left in the refrigerator, and so on), but there are some definite advantages. To begin, if they're at your house, you know where they are. In addition, if they're at your house, you'll get to know them (a little, anyway). It's also nice to let your teenager know that you welcome his friends just as you welcome your own.

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Updated: June 26, 2019

Help! I Don't Like My Teen's Friend

Teen Girls on Smartphones

We raise our kids to make good choices, whether it's what to eat or wear, and their wise choice of friends. Then the teen years hit and, along with them, teen behavior. Some kids sail smoothly through these years, but sometimes they need a little guidance when it comes to choosing friends. Teens aren't mature enough to see what adults do. So what if you don't care for your teen's friend?

Dr. Jennifer Guttman, PsyD Clinical Psychologist has the following tips for parents:

Updated: May 15, 2019

High School Parent-Teacher Night

High School Parent-Teacher Night

Remember those parent-teacher evenings in elementary school when you sat in a teensy-weensy chair at a teensy-weensy table talking about your little one? Only a few years have elapsed, but everything's changed. No more teensy. Now we're talking teens.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Top 10 Sources of Stress for Kids

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In addition to minor aggravations like running late or having a bad hair day, kids (like the rest of us) have to cope with major life events. These events don't have to be negative to be stressful. Remember: the key component to stress is change.

More: The Hallmarks of a Stressed Child

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Stepfamily Problems

Stepfamily Problems

As we've learned, problems leak. It's rare that only one person in a stepfamily is troubled or sad. People affect each other. Then there are all the interdynamics of living together….

Problems in Your Marriage

With all the usual strains of a stepfamily, it's no wonder marriages have such a high failure rate. Pay attention to your marriage, and keep your priorities straight. Watch for problems. Sometimes they can sneak up on you when you aren't looking.

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Updated: July 16, 2019

Talking to Teens About Sexual Misconduct and Consent Before They Go Away to College

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Just before your teenager heads off to college, you should have “the talk” with them. Nope, not the SEX talk. There’s a pretty good chance they already know about that 3-letter word. We mean the consent talk; meaning ways to tell the opposite sex NO like you mean it and what to do if someone overall makes you feel uncomfortable through sexually-orientated actions.

Prepping Your Kids to Meet Your Partner's Kids

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Prepping Your Kids to Meet Your Partner's Kids

Before the kids — your kids and your new love's kids—meet each other, you'll need to prepare. Don't just throw them all in together and expect it to work; it might, but then again it might not, and this is too important to leave to random chance.

Here are some steps to take to make sure the meeting goes as smoothly as it possibly can:

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Updated: February 12, 2020

The Warning Signs of Teen Burnout

Burnt out teen girl sitting alone on outside steps

Adults and college students aren’t the only ones experiencing burn out. Teens today are just as stressed as those in older generations, and may not be as equipped to deal with the fall out of taking on too much because of the stage they are at in life. In a 2014 study conducted by the American Psychological Association, 31% of teens reported feeling overwhelmed as a result of stress, while 30% reported feeling depressed or sad. 

Working Teens: Juggling Job and School

Working Teens: Juggling Job and School

Whether your teen is 13 or 17, she already has a full-time job: school. As you discuss whether your teen can (or should) get a job during the school year, remember that she'll be “moonlighting.” Making decisions will be much easier for both of you if you keep that in mind.

If your teen is thinking of taking a job during the school year, here are some questions to consider:

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How Happy Are Adopted Children?

The truth about adopted children

How Happy Are Adopted Children?

Many media stories and made-for-TV movies present adopted children as alienated, unhappy, or even criminal. The truth is, however, most adopted children grow up to be normal adults who blend in with everyone else.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Dyslexia and the High-Schooler

Dyslexia and the High-Schooler

By the time students reach high school, many have managed to camouflage their dyslexia with well-developed strategies or deceptions that cover up academic lapses. Others continue to have problems and may suffer from low self-esteem or depression. And since distractibility, dreaminess, and lack of motivation are age-typical behaviors, it's not always easy to separate real learning problems from adolescent angst.

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Updated: January 10, 2022

The Newest Teen Slang Trends of 2021

A parents guide to the latest teen slang

Even though you’re a parent, it probably still feels like you were a teen just a few years ago in some ways. The emotions and themes of teen experience may not change much, but the one thing that certainly does change year over year is the slang that teens use. If you are a parent of teens or if you work with them, it’s helpful to have an idea of what their secret code words and phrases mean every now and then.

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Age-Appropriate Visitation

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Age-Appropriate Visitation

It's a famous biblical story: Two women were fighting over a baby each claimed as her own. Wise King Solomon had the women brought before him. Appearing to rule fairly, he ordered that the baby be cut in half, with one half given to each woman. While the pretender agreed with this decree, the real mother was horrified and screamed, “No! Give the baby to her!” King Solomon then knew that she was the real mother.

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Updated: February 12, 2020

Easing Anxiety and Worry in Teens Before Starting College

teen girl have anxiety about college

Now that the school year is winding down, for parents of teens graduating high school, a new set of struggles begins: the countdown to the start of college. By mid August, kids will be starting this next chapter in their lives. And there is a lot to do in that time. Emotions are running high for everyone, but especially for the kids going off to college. Their lives are about to experience a major upheaval, and it’s likely they’re scared and anxious. But they may not want to, or be able to articulate their fears. 

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Stepparenting an Adolescent: What to Expect

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Stepparenting an Adolescent: What to Expect

Stepping Stones

A little knowledge goes a long way. Understanding what teens are normally like will help you understand when your stepteen is having problems.

Misconceptions and Corrections

Here's what you may think:

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Your Son's Adolescence

Your Son's Adolescence

Adolescence is a critically important part of healthy human development, but it is rarely simple. Teens have to make sense of several conflicting needs. They want to remain connected to parents and family (although they may not want to admit it). They want adult privileges and opportunities. They may feel anxious about their approaching independence.

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