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Updated: March 2, 2021

Should I Throw My Teen Daughter a Period Party?

Should you throw a period party for your daughter?

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by: Katy Abel

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Teens & Talk: The Lure of Instant Messaging

Teens & Talk: The Lure of Instant Messaging

Fourteen-year-old Samantha has her fingers on the keyboard and the phone at her ear, communicating with several friends while doing her homework. She loves instant messaging, almost as much as she loves the phone. To see her in action is to witness a champion "multi-tasker."

"I have 102 buddies on my Buddy List and you can click on your buddy if they're online," she says. "At the most I'll talk to 7 or 8 people at one time, usually 3 or 4."

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Modern Art: Creative Tech Toys for Little Artists

Modern Art: Creative Tech Toys for Little Artists

Kids are no longer limited to paint, crayons, glitter, and glue during creative playtime. Ever-emerging gadgets offer exciting new ways for kids to exercise their imagination and artistic side! Help your modern day artistes dabble in music, photography, animation, and art with these picks for the coolest artsy and creative toys and devices.

Connecting With Your Son

Connecting With Your Son

Fathers usually build relationship with their sons through active play and stimulation; they "do stuff" together. For mothers and boys, the process is a little different. The bond between a mother and son often grows out of simply spending time together.

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After-school Jobs Get a Bad Review

After-school Jobs Get a Bad Review

Sure, a teenager who works part-time may be learning something about responsibility, punctuality, and money management. But studies show that when teens work for 20 hours or more a week (as nearly half of U.S. 12th graders do during the school year), the job isn't just good practice for the future. Overworked teens sacrifice sleep and exercise, spend less time with their families, and cut back on homework.

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Your Kids and Television: The Dangers of Explicit Shows and Commercials

Your Kids and Television: The Dangers of Explicit Shows and Commercials

Danger Zone

Monitoring your teen's viewing of sexually explicit material during these years is tough, as he may keep much later hours than you do. One simple way to keep his viewing “clean” is to consider what services you bring into the house.

If you don't have cable service, you have no problem, because local and network stations don't air explicit programs.

If you bring in basic service, you are less likely to be bringing in “hot” shows.

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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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by: Christine Dvornik

The Sandy Bottom Orchestra: Talking about the book.

The Sandy Bottom Orchestra: Talking about the book.

Sandy_Orch.gif Dominant themes in children's literature are easy to identify: a need for love and companionship; a search for self-awareness and growth; and a need for hope and truth.

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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.

When Your Teen Needs Braces

When Your Teen Needs Braces

Braces are a rite of passage for many teens. If your child gets them at roughly the same time his friends do, the experience may be easier for him. But even then, it can be a difficult time. Many teens are reluctant to talk or smile for a period of time after they get braces because they feel so self-conscious.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Encouraging Your Teen's Musical Talents

Encouraging Your Teen's Musical Talents

Brought to you by MENC: The National Association for Music Education.

Is your teen a music buff? Encourage his interests and talents with the following tips.

1. Expose your teen to all kinds of music.
Try listening to music that's outside your usual range: classical (opera, symphonic, chamber music), pop, country, folk, ethnic music of other cultures, jazz -- you name it!

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Updated: July 21, 2022

15 Parental Control Apps to Track Kids' Phone Use and Screen Time

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Gone are the days when cell phones and tablets were for grown-ups. Now preschool-aged kiddos have access to mom and dad’s devices and elementary school-aged children have smartphones of their own. This makes the use of a parental control app, screen time management solutions, and apps to track kids’ phone use an absolute for 21st century parents.

Updated: February 12, 2020

Pinkalicious Author Victoria Kann Spills on Everything From Her Next Book to Motherhood

Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann

New Yorker Victoria Kann is a  staunch literacy advocate, and with good reason. She’s the writer and illustrator of the best-selling children’s book series, Pinkalicious, which spent over 100 days on the New York Times Bestseller list and has sold more than 24 million books worldwide. There’s also Pinkalicious cookbooks, stickers, activity books, toys, and a touring, successful off-Broadway show. 

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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