popular topics in teens

  • 10 Apps for Parents to Monitor Kids
    Mobile Apps
    10 Apps for Parents to Monitor Kids' Mobile Use
    Kids and mobile devices can be a scary mix. Whether your toddler is just starting to use your family tablet or your teen has a new smartphone of her own, check out the wide variety of apps and software — free and paid — that you can use to mo...
    Erin Dower
  • tween girls taking selfie with smartphone
    Internet Safety
    What Is Digital Citizenship? Teaching Kids to Be Smart & Safe Online
    What Is Digital Citizenship? Teaching Kids to Be Smart & Safe Online We've all read news stories about the downside of mobile technology and social media: cyberbullying, harassment, stalking, sexting, catfishing, and the list goes on. It's enough...
    Erin Dower
  • Breast Lump on Boy
    Growth and Physical Development
    I Need Help! Are Breast Lumps on Boys Normal?
    A mother finds a breast lump on her 11-year-old boy. Our expert weighs in on how normal this is. ...
  • shy preschooler
    Shyness
    Age-by-Age Guide to Helping Your Shy Child Thrive
    Not every person is cut out to be a social butterfly. Research shows that nearly half of all teens and adults identify themselves as shy. Some people are born with a timid temperament, and others seem to develop a shy personality along the way....
    Erin Dower
  • diverse, transgender children playing
    Gender Differences
    6 Tips for Understanding and Raising a Transgender Child
    Learning that your child is transgender can bring on a range of emotions — from confusion and grief to anger and fear — and will likely leave you with many questions. Will your child be safe? How will this change the dynamic of your family? M...
    Erin Dower
  • Sad teen girl laying alone on bed
    Teen Depression
    11 Signs Your Teen Could Be Depressed
    Teen angst and moodiness is something you expect your child to go through somewhere around middle or high school. Although general sulkiness is par for the course during these hormonal years, sometimes these behaviors can signal a deeper problem....
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Teens
    Teenage Behaviors
    How They Grow in Eighth Grade
    How They Grow in Eighth GradeWhat to Expect As a parent of a newly-minted 13-year-old, you're probably wondering what to expect in the next couple of years. One-word answers and rude behavior? Huge collections of music, posters and make-up?Growin...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Activity Center
    Activities and Crafts
    Activity Center
    Find endless activities for little hands.
    familyeducation editors
  • 12 Apps Parents Should Know
    Mobile Apps
    Safety Beyond Facebook: 12 Social Media Apps Every Parent Should Know About
    Pop quiz: What is Voxer? If you're scratching your head, it's time to read up on the trendy new social media apps kids are using. Friending your child on Facebook is now just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to online safety. Click through to...
    Erin Dower
  • Dealing With Bullies
    11 Warning Signs Your Child Is Being Bullied
    Recent tragic events in the news have again brought to light how serious and devastating bullying can be. Aside from physical abuse, bullying can also include verbal abuse (taunting, teasing, and name-calling), emotional abuse (making someone the...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Parenting Tools Printables
    Teen Driving Contract
    Did your teen just get his license? Print out this contract as an agreement between you and your teen to help ensure he drives responsibly and stays safe while behind the wheel. ...
  • Parenting Tools Printables
    Teen Budget Worksheet
    Help your teenager organize his expenses and save his money with this FREE teen budget worksheet. Download the worksheet and save it to your desktop. Your teen can type in his monthly expenses and income, and the worksheet will calculate his budg...
  • mother son good relationship
    Mother/Son Relationships
    Mother/Son 101: Smart Tips for Raising Boys
    There are a lot of tips out there for a good mother/daughter relationship, but maintaining a healthy mother/son relationship is tricky and less talked about. Learn the keys to showing your son the ropes in life and staying connected as he grows. ...
    Erin Dower
  • mother and daughter in a healthy relationship
    Mother/Daughter Relationships
    Mother/Daughter 101: Smart Tips for Raising Girls
    Every mother/daughter relationship is different. Whether you and your daughter are close as can be or constantly battling, find out the key steps in building a strong relationship and raising a happy, healthy girl. (Also take a look at our mother...
    Erin Dower
  • catfish prevention, mother protecting teen online
    Internet Safety
    8 Tips to Protect Your Kids from "Catfishing" Online
    8 Tips to Protect Your Kids from "Catfishing" OnlineIf you're like most parents, you probably didn't learn what "catfishing" means until the news of the Manti Te'o hoax broke and the new MTV documentary-style show Catfish became a hit in early 2...
    Erin Dower
  • Teens
    Menstruation
    Questions About Menarche and Tampons
    Our expert addresses some common questions about menstrual flow and tampon use in young teens. ...
  • AAP Says Interactive Screen Time Could Be Healthy
    AAP Says Interactive Screen Time Can Be Healthy
    When it comes to screen time and kids, it isn't all bad news. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers guidelines on how to make screen time healthy and educational.
    Curious World
  • Father and son playing chess
    Connecting With Your Teen
    10 Simple Ways to Connect to Your Teen
    Let's face it — sometimes it seems as though teenagers hail from a different planet. While it's true that your teenage child still needs your guidance as a parent, many times it feels as though having a conversation with her might seem about as...
    Lindsay Hutton