#Teens

'Undercover High' Review: Turning The Tables On Teens

Denette Wilford | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada TV
Denette Wilford

YTV's new series may sound like a cross between "21 Jump Street" and that Redman and Method Man movie, but it's really about high school principals and teachers pranking their students.

Yes, Science! Cool Kids Stop Being Cool

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.12.2014 | Canada Living

Thanks to a new study that draws on the timeless mystique of the "cool kids," the rest of us can find solace in knowing that social dominance during a...

That 'Trendy' Drug Your Kid Does Is the Same as Meth

Chris Curry | Posted 06.01.2014 | Canada
Chris Curry

Ask any avid drug user the difference between 'molly' and 'ecstasy' and they will most likely tell you that 'molly is pure MDMA' and ecstasy was more known to be cut with other substances. In reality, this couldn't be further from the truth. And herein lies the problem. Unless you are an accomplished chemist, 'pure' MDMA is a myth.

Ask These Questions Before Your Teen Goes to Party

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

While the house party that was recently broken up by police in Brampton had some expensive -- and terrifying -- lessons for the families involved, they're teachable moments for the rest of us. So, here's a checklist of what to ask your teen before they hit the party circuit this weekend or this summer.

What a Difference a Year Makes: The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Teen

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 05.30.2014 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

A year ago, I sat at my laptop at the dining room table and hammered out a long list of things I thought it was important for my daughter to know. W...

WATCH: Teens React To Nirvana, Restore Faith In Their Generation

HuffPost Canada Music | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada Music

Every generation like to rag on the one that follows for having terrible taste, but just because kids today apparently like Imagine Dragons, doesn't 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.

Don't Feel Guilt About Putting Your Parents in Care

Anne Day | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Day

Placing my mother in a seniors' residence was the last thing I ever wanted to do. It seemed so final, so rejecting. It marked the end of an era. In reality, it was just a new phase in our relationship and it was one of those tough decisions that had to be made.

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.

Does Proxy Argue for the Affluenza Defense?

Christine Stock | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada
Christine Stock

Alex London had it right: money and privilege is an excellent excuse when called to defend deplorable actions. Consider Ethan Couch, the Texas teen wh...

The Politics of Bullying

Tad Milmine | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Tad Milmine

The last couple months have taught me a lot about youth, bullying and the politics of it all. As I tell the youth, I am "just a guy named Tad" and I am not an expert or professional on this topic at all. Having reflected on this recently, I believe it is safe to say that I do know a lot about bullying however, directly from the source ... the youth.

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.

How to Raise Kids Who Handle Pressure Like Pros

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 11.09.2013 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

As young as Grade 3, kids are under pressure to wear the right clothes, like the right music, have the right friends and be cool. Often, that leads to stress and anxiety for youngsters. Well-intentioned parents often try too hard to prevent the bumps and scrapes of feelings as kids grow up, but one parenting expert says they're doing more harm than good.

Dear Bullied Kids: It Gets Better Because You Get Stronger

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

I remember the feeling. I would stand, my back up against the fence, my legs weak. I'd stand there and wonder which way I would run this time and if t...

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 ...

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.

Do Teens Need to Network to Get a First Job?

Deborah Nixon | Posted 06.10.2013 | Canada Business
Deborah Nixon

My son couldn't wait to turn 16 because it meant he could finally get a job. He has applied to McDonalds three times, Tim Hortons twice, KFC, Cineplex twice, No Frills, Loblaws, golf courses (to do anything), coffee shops, Canadian Tire, FreshCo, Pizza Pizza, Wonderland, and City of Toronto. What I keep hearing from people is that my son is lacking the most essential of life skills -- the powerful network.

How to Talk to Your Teenager

Jeni Marinucci | Posted 06.01.2013 | Canada Living
Jeni Marinucci

A parent can never over-prepare for the turbulent teenage years ahead, and any little morsel of information you can gather may pay off in droves later. So here are a few of my favourite tried and true tips that I've used to build trust with my newly-teenaged daughter over the last year.

Teaching Our Kids Not to Treat the Internet as a Private Diary

Hessie Jones | Posted 05.22.2013 | Canada Living
Hessie Jones

I get that kids need an outlet to vent. I get that kids need to be with others who understand what they're going through. But this world of social has created an environment that eventually strings them along a path to a point where the very information they created can be their greatest demise.

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.

How the Rich and Famous Can Teach Us to Save

Deborah Nixon | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada Business
Deborah Nixon

Those who have seen the documentary Queen of Versailles usually laugh at the outrageous lifestyle of David and Jacky Siegal, a billionaire and his trophy wife. The film begins in 2008, before the market crash. The economic downturn froze the construction of their incredible 90,000 sq ft mansion in Florida. But we can learn from them. What kids and adults need are some lessons in the lost art of budgeting, living within your means and learning not to spend what you don't have.

Shad Vallery 2012 - Not Just for Nerdy Kids

Sarena Dharshi | Posted 12.09.2012 | Canada Alberta
Sarena Dharshi

Every July, around 10 Canadian universities scattered across the country play host to 500 students from all provinces/territories and even internationally. Although the program is for open-minded high school students who are not afraid to delve into any subject and become challenged or inspired in ways they never thought possible in one month, I hope to break the stereotype that this is "nerd camp". My program consisted of 56 total Shads and we lived in residence at the university.

Should You Whiten Your Teen's Teeth?

Erika Katz | Posted 09.18.2012 | Canada Living
Erika Katz

As a mom, you may have noticed your teen struggling with self esteem. While it could be acne, weight gain or hormones, it might be your teen's smile. Are they proudly displaying their pearly whites or do they cover their mouth when they laugh? I spoke to Jennifer Vishnevsky, a contributor to TopDentists.com and she gave me some great guidelines to help you decide if tooth whitening is the right choice for your teen.

Inpiring Your Children to A Successful LIfe

Ken Rabow | Posted 09.06.2012 | Canada
Ken Rabow

Just imagine... A happy, successful, life where playtime is as fulfilling as work-time. Relationships become opportunities for joy, sharing and lots of close, meaningful contact that is mutually satisfying. But seriously, we're talking about a full life for teens and young adults. Let's face it, the teenage years are not easy and they're not drama-free. Basically a lot about them suck.

Are Teen Drinking And Smoking Rates Declining?

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.31.2012 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Are teens becoming more abstemious?A new survey shows dropping rates of drinking, drug use and smoking among Canadian teens.For instance, th...