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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.

Helping Your Teen Cope with a Learning Disability

Helping Your Teen Cope with a Learning Disability

More than anything else, teens want to be “normal.” Why else would they wear the same style of clothes, use the same slang, go to the same movies, and listen to the same music? In all likelihood, your teen doesn't want to be classified as “ learning disabled.” She just wants to fit in and be accepted.

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Talking to Teens About Sex and Substance Abuse

Talking to Teens About Sex and Substance Abuse

Even before young people begin talking about dating or who is “seeing” whom, it’s time to bring up the subject of sex. Don’t wait for an opening or the right time. Just do it. The way you address the topic with boys and with girls will differ, but the basic message is the same. Sex is a very serious matter and can have profound, life-altering consequences.

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Stepparenting an Adolescent: What to Expect

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The Hormone Years

Teenagers are very sexual beings. They think about sex and romance all the time. Freshly minted hormones course through their veins. Plus (and this is the annoying part), they tend to think that they invented sex, that you are an old fogy who did it a few times maybe and never do it anymore. Or they flirt with trouble—and you. Teenagers and preteens are a mass of roiling hormones, and it's common to find some of that hormonal energy directed at you.

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Prom Safety

Prom Safety

What Parents Worry About
High-school proms are very expensive affairs. When you add up the prom dresses and tuxedos, prom tickets and pictures, stretch limos, extravagant dining, flowers, and those special hairstyles and French manicures, it's not unusual for the tab to top $1,000. A prom bill, especially for seniors, may also include renting motel or hotel rooms for all-night, post-prom partying. High school goes Hollywood.

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Teens: Sleeping Through the Snooze Alarm

Teens: Sleeping Through the Snooze Alarm

You may blame morning sleepiness on too much late-night television. But today leading researchers agree that biology plays a large role. Recent research conducted at sleep disorder clinics indicates that during puberty, kids exhibit “delayed phase preference,” meaning that they feel more active later in the day than early in the morning. (The clinicians could simply have interviewed parents to find that out!)

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How to Become a Charitable Family

How to Become a Charitable Family

Giving your kids a context for giving and making the experience real are behaviors that will help you become a charitable family. Charitable families are highly conscious of opportunities to give, and they make the most of them. Volunteering strengthens family relationships and teaches kids such values as kindness, empathy and respect for others, and, perhaps even more important, it teaches that happiness is not dependent on what we have.

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Boys and Their Friends

Boys and Their Friends

Boys, like girls, crave connection and belonging. Like all of us, boys need friends, suffer when they don't believe they have any, and agonize over the ups and downs of relationships. Many adults believe that somehow boys need friends less than girls do; the myth of the stoic male has intruded even into childhood.

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Sex Education: What Should You Say?

Sex Education: What Should You Say?

Tales from the Parent Zone

Jason was observed blinking frequently, staring obsessively at his hands, popping breath mints, and applying zit medication every few hours. Finally he confessed to his parents. He had been doing “it” and he'd heard through the grapevine that “it” would give you hairy palms, make you go blind, cause bad breath, weaken the blood, and cause pimples.

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by: Brenda Zane

A Guide for Parents of Kids With Substance Use Disorder During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Dealing with kids with substance abuse issues during COVID-19

The challenge of parenting a teen or young adult child with substance use disorder is arduous and emotionally exhausting at any time. Paralyzing anxiety, fear of the unknown, confusion, isolation, and sadness are normal day-to-day emotions when your child is misusing drugs or alcohol. Today, these parents are suffering the emotional and physical toll of the coronavirus pandemic on top of the heavy load they already carry.

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

They're Baaaack!
They invade from every corner of the country, arriving in trains, planes, and automobiles. They're sleep-deprived and burned out, bearing laundry bags instead of gifts. Yes, the holidays are here, and our college students are back home!

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When a Teen Cheats: Passing Phase or Doomed Destiny?

When a Teen Cheats: Passing Phase or Doomed Destiny?

Tuning In

What if a friend is cheating off your teen? Here's what you might recommend. Before the next test, suggest that your teen offer to help his friend study. If the offer is denied, then the next morning, encourage your teen to say: “I'm sorry. I worked really hard on this, and I'm worried we'll get caught if we keep coming up with the same answers.” Your teen may feel this solution is nerdy, but by suggesting it, you're conveying that he has the right to protect his work.

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Updated: February 12, 2020

5 Things Your Teen Won’t Learn in Driver’s Ed

Teen Girl Learning to Drive with Mother

Remember driver's ed from those days of yore? The essentials you learned have likely carried over into your everyday adult life—executing a three-point turn, parallel parking, and knowing who has the right of way at a four-way stop. But, what about those behind-the-wheel scenarios they don’t teach you?

Updated: April 20, 2022

Should You Let Your Kids Use Uber and Lyft?

teen using uber

Ride-sharing services that are easily accessible from phone apps such as Uber and Lyft do not allow anyone under age 18 to use them—but it’s not like the driver checks your ID and teens (and honestly, even some parents) can find loopholes in the system, allowing their under 18 kids to ride around in a car, alone, with a driver from the ride-share app. (These companies insist their drivers go through a rigorous screening process.)

Updated: September 2, 2020

Pre-Homeschooling Checklist

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Pre-Homeschooling Checklist

1. Can I afford it?
The initial costs for books and equipment are minimal. The library is the most important resource, and it's free. If you choose to purchase a curriculum, costs start at around $300. During your child's teen years, the cost of curricula varies depending on what you do. Count on spending a few hundred dollars to approximately $1,000 for the school year. Purchase used materials, and cut that figure in half.

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