Teenagers

Attention Parents: Mother Nature Needs Us

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 04.21.2014 | Canada
Dr. Shimi Kang

Given the state of the world and the tasks of the next generation, our survival depends on how we parent our children right now. We need to focus on the values we are encouraging for our children, and questioning whether or not our individual actions are helping our kids become the environmental stewards the world desperately needs.

Why Making Mistakes Is Good For Your Kids

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 04.17.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

Children who are exclusively rewarded for right answers or who are shunned or punished for making mistakes may become afraid of trying new things. Children are more open to learning and more willing to try harder when they are praised and rewarded for their efforts, not their results.

Students Who Smoke Only Pot Perform Better Than Those Who Smoke Cigarettes Too

University of Toronto News | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada
University of Toronto News

New study identifies which youth are most at risk, researchers say (photo by Drome via Flickr) It used to be that the kids out in the bushes smoking m...

Are You Turning Your Child Into a Social Media Monster?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

While older folks may not have started society's social media obsession, we may, surprisingly, be the ones who are unwittingly facilitating our kids' dependence on it through our own actions and examples. To this end, we should take a long hard look at our social media behaviour.

Thanks Pete Seeger, For Your Revolutions Big and Small

Anne Theriault | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Music
Anne Theriault

I've had a weirdly emotional reaction to Pete Seeger's death. Like, way more intense than I would have imagined. I abandoned him when I grew what I thought was a more sophisticated taste in music; his stuff started to seem too plain, too openly earnest, too babyish. Today, though, I've been listening to his songs non-stop, and nearly every single one of them has made my eyes well up.

New Year's Resolution: Getting Your Teen to Read for Pleasure

Christine Stock | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada
Christine Stock

Ask any high school teacher you know: there are certain questions from parents that come up time and time again during parent-teacher interviews. The most common ones are usually marks related, but English teachers will tell you that parents also want to know how they can foster the joy of reading in teens who claim to "hate" books and wouldn't read one if their lives depended on it.

SavvyMom Roundup: the Flu Shot, Online Shopping and Rob Ford

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Statistics on moms, a reminder to get the flu shot, raising readers, a new place to shop and a very brief crack at the Mayor is what I've got this wee...

What to Do With Your Child's Broken Heart

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 11.22.2013 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

Perhaps all a parent can do, in these moments, is let their child be sad; at least for the first little while. Let them have the experience, because it's something we all have to live through at least once in our lives.

Quebec Teens Feel Bullied By the Charter of Values

Amber Rehman | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Politics
Amber Rehman

Like most religious minorities in Quebec, I am only slightly shocked by the proposed charter of values. The people that at the short end of the proverbial legislation stick are kids. Because our kids will live the rest of their future in the shadow of the laws and governments we support, it is imperative to consult them. So I decided to put my ear to the ground, and asked my youth group girls and their friends what they thought of the Quebec charter of values. Here are some reactions by girls age 12-16, all from different backgrounds and religions.

Why I Choose Not to Judge My Former Teenaged Self

Lori Gard | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I just finished reading two blog posts on the matter of being a teenaged girl, and all that this entails. Matters concerning image and reputation and ...

Slut-shaming, Suicide, and Mrs. Hall

Anne Theriault | Posted 11.07.2013 | Canada
Anne Theriault

When I read a recent blog post addressing "indecent girls" that the author's sons may encounter online, the first people that I thought of were Amanda Todd, Rehtaeh Parsons, Audrie Pott, and Cherice Morales. In each of these cases, the girls became social pariahs. In each of these cases, the girls committed suicide after enduring bullying and slut-shaming both online and offline. All because of that toxic mentality.

This Mother's Letter Perpetuates Rape Culture

Darlena Cunha | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

If you're a parent, you've probably by now seen the cocky, controlling, pretty weird letter written by Kim Hall to all teenage girls her teenage boys may ever come into contact with online. Letters like the one Mrs. Hall wrote to teenage girls are a prime example of how rape culture perpetuates itself in today's society in an insidious and innocent-looking way.

Stop Telling Me I Have "Problem Skin"

Anne Theriault | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

Why do we have to refer to acne as "problem skin" or "bad skin"? My skin isn't bad or a problem; it's just my skin, and I'm fucking tired of being made to feel like I should be ashamed of it. I'm sick of the fact that the only time I ever see someone in the media with acne, they're there to tell me how not to have acne. I can turn on my television and see people from all different kinds of ethnic backgrounds. I can find television shows with characters from all the major religions; I can find shows with characters of several different sexual orientations. There are never any people on my television or in magazines or even in cute, independent, deliberately not-Hollwood movies who look like me, with angry red skin and patches of whiteheads and that greasy sheen.

When Friendships Flourish -- and Fail

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 10.25.2013 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

Friendship has been on my mind a lot lately. My daughter is at an age when she's transitioning through friends. A long-time friendship has fallen by ...

SavvyMom Roundup: Ashton Kutcher, Saving our Skin and the Hyperloop

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 10.14.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Saving our skin, celebrity life tips, teens and Facebook, Elvis Dogs and the Hyperloop -- that's what caught my attention this week.

Thirteen Things I Know Because I'm the Mother of a Teenager

Lori Gard | Posted 09.28.2013 | Canada
Lori Gard

My son is celebrating his 13th birthday this month. Here are 13 things I now know, that I didn't know then...and all because of becoming Sam's Mama.

How To Give Your Teen Dating Advice When You've Never Dated

masalamommas | Posted 07.21.2013 | Canada
masalamommas

Like many Indian girls, I wasn't allowed to date when I was a teenager. But today, it's been a different childhood for my 18-year-old. In fact things are very different in my household. My husband and I do our best to cope with the reality that she wants to date, even though we never had the same opportunity as teens.

SavvyMom Roundup: Words for Teens, Prayers for Boston, Food for Thought and More

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 06.26.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

The Boston brothers, the Dirty Dozen, Kmart's cheeky ad campaign and some solid advice for parents and children -- all caught my attention this week.

What All Boys Should Be Told About Rehtaeh Parsons

Terri Coles | Posted 07.18.2013 | Canada Living
Terri Coles

In November 2011, when Rehtaeh Parsons was 15, she went with a friend to a party. Her mother said she was raped by four boys. I've seen a common refrain expressed online: "What are we teaching our kids?" It's a good question to ask when four young men allegedly felt that they had the right to do whatever they liked to a girl

Commando Parenting My Independent Daughter

Jeni Marinucci | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada Living
Jeni Marinucci

I turn to my daughter. She is 14, and busy perfecting the act of looking at once both pensive and haughty. Finally she admits something. "I'm thinking about the bus. You said you wanted to teach me to ride the public bus. That I need to be more independent." I did say that...

OMG! Twitter is the new Online Diary #Shareeverything

The Purple Fig | Posted 05.26.2013 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

Reassurance. Sympathy. Someone to "talk" to, as often as you wish and at all hours of day and night. All potential benefits of Twitter that may offer psychological comfort, but is the tradeoff of creating a public record of struggle and potential for damaging feedback worth it?

Let the Teens Tan

Karen Selick | Posted 04.26.2013 | Canada Politics
Karen Selick

The actual risk of young people getting melanoma is tiny compared with the risks of everyday activities that we don't think twice about allowing kids to engage in. We could prevent far more teen deaths and injuries by outlawing teenaged skating, swimming and driving than by outlawing teenaged tanning.

Should You Tell Your Teen You Were a Wild Child?

Mara Shapiro | Posted 01.08.2013 | Canada Living
Mara Shapiro

My husband and I continue to debate one issue (well, besides every issue because obviously opposites attract). I'm not talking about Tomato Tomahto. I'm talking about how much to disclose. To our teenagers. About my wild child former self.

How to Survive Raising Teens Without Losing Your Mind

Ann Kaplan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Ann Kaplan

I was lost. A mother of six with four hormonal teenagers -- that in itself, even spouting out the words is enough to drive anyone to a liquored-stupor. But I am not here to tell you what you already know or what you fear, I want to share my survival skills, how I managed to keep myself together, or appear to and hope that some good comes out of my experience.

Little League Baseball Has Grown-Up Consequences

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 08.30.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

I don't want my kids to think that violence, entitlement and disrespect are a regular part of sports. But maybe I'm wrong. Maybe they are a part of the experience and will help prepare them for what's ahead. But is that really what little league baseball is all about?