#Teens

Teens Need Hugs (Even If They're Totally Over Them)

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

"A hug is like a boomerang. You get it back right away." This is true 90 per cent of the time. But 10 per cent of the time, it's not true -- especially when you're trying to hug a reluctant teen as you drop them off at their friend's house or at school, and even sometimes when you're alone in the house with them.

Embrace Your Children For Who They Are

Lisa Brookman | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Parents
Lisa Brookman

My son is not a "man's man." He's soft-spoken, creative, warm, demonstrative and sensitive teen. He's not rugged or tough and he doesn't excel at sports. He is extraordinarily artistic with an amazing flare for fashion and design. He is very demonstrative, a great listener and a wonderful friend.

From One Mom To Another: The Gift Of Perspective Is Everything

Kathryn Streeter | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathryn Streeter

As you gain distance from the early days of babies and toddlers, preschool and elementary school, from this place above the trees you can finally see. Like that mama bird sitting up high in the tree, you stand now as a humble mom of 17 years, better able to discern where you've been and where you're going.

A Longing More Than Met

Kathryn Streeter | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathryn Streeter

From my earliest moments as a new mother, I'd longed for my daughter to experience the same enjoyment from reading and falling into a good book that I'd felt in my youth. I pictured us walking in tandem in our mutual appreciation for stories, unpacking plots and characters for each other as we bonded in conversation.

Debunking 5 Myths About Bipolar Disorder

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Most teens with bipolar disorder have struggled with mood problems for years before they are diagnosed. Teens are often relieved to "finally have an answer" about the reason for their symptoms, and having an appropriate treatment plan instills hope that there can be smoother roads ahead.

Moms And Dads, Teach Consent Along With The Birds and Bees

Jessica Holmes | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Jessica Holmes

I know this makes you uncomfortable to talk about. I sure don't want to hear it, either. But I need to. You're the people I trust most, and my first line of defence against regrettable or unwanted sexual encounters. Don't limit the sex talk to periods and how babies are made. Tell me EVERYTHING!

How To Talk To Your Teen About Sexting

Kids Help Phone | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Parents
Kids Help Phone

At Kids Help Phone, hundreds of kids contact us each year about sexting. Most teens make contact because they're feeling pressure to sext, or someone has shared a sext without their consent. A very large proportion of the calls are initiated after teens have already taken a sexting action and they're in crisis mode, or in desperate need of advice.

No Longer The Centre Of Their Universe

Julie Nowell | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie Nowell

The kids are growing up, and as they do so, drifting away. Their independence is greater than their need. I think back to those days when I was smothered in children. When I knew every moment of their day. When our lives were so entwined it was difficult to see where one started and the other left off. When they were a part of me, and I was a part of them.

Help Teens Accept Themselves And Their Bodies In 2016

Kids Help Phone | Posted 12.30.2015 | Canada Parents
Kids Help Phone

By helping their children recognize their inner qualities and focusing on their accomplishments, parents help to teach kids that what is really important about them has nothing to do with their size, shape, or weight. This creates an environment that promotes self-acceptance and positive self-esteem.

A Note To Teen Girls About Sexting

Lori Gard | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

You want to be liked and accepted. You want to be wanted. But all the while, you will think to yourself: why did he do this/say this/send this/show this/ask this? What just happened and why? And in your heart of hearts you will know: This is not right. I don't need this. I won't take this. Enough.

Teens Should Start Planning Their Futures Early

Maria Boublil | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Parents
Maria Boublil

Postsecondary institutions of all sizes are offering more and more new programs in an effort to stay relevant and attract students. Although this presents wonderful opportunities for students, it also adds to the confusion and complexity of these decisions.

These Students Shaped Their Town's Renewable Energy Framework

David Dodge | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." To see that quote brought to life we went to Cochrane High School in Cochrane, Alberta about a half-hour west of Calgary.

Rainbow Glitter Helped Me Forget What It's Like to Have A Teen

Mara Shapiro | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Parents
Mara Shapiro

We forget because the good times are so good and we love being parents and the hard moments outweigh the ones that bring us joy (we hope). Anyways, it's not like we can give them back when times get a little tough, right?

Dealing With A Sassy Tween

Her Magazine | Posted 11.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

Remember that it is completely natural for tweens to argue with us. They are assessing their sense of independence. They are learning the skills to become independent, well-adjusted adults. Even if right now we feel like throttling them.

How to Teach Your Kids About Money

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

With the first day of school well behind us, and students settling into new routines, now is a great time to take up some learning outside the classroom. Many school curricula don't include financial literacy, so demonstrating the value of money in real world situations has extra importance.

How to Help Your Teen Have a Successful School Year

Maria Boublil | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Parents
Maria Boublil

Having a good start to the school year can set the tone for many months to come. It is always a difficult transition for teenagers to head back to school after summer. Now that the first few days of back to school frenzy are behind us, it's a good time to set the foundation for a positive school year for students.

Planned Parenthood in Canada Is Under Attack Too

Lauren Dobson-Hughes | Posted 08.26.2015 | Canada Living
Lauren Dobson-Hughes

You've heard of the recent attacks on women's healthcare in the States, but in Canada, we're feeling the impact too. For 50 years, Planned Parenthood Ottawa has been there for our community, providing unbiased counselling, education, advice and support. But it's become increasingly hard to do our work. Planned Parenthood is under attack, by people who oppose healthcare for women and the trans community, who don't want youth to get the education they need, and who dedicate themselves to cutting our funding every way they can.

Sex Advice for My Teenage Kid

Her Magazine | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

With Ontario's new sex education curriculum ready to go this September, there has been a lot of commentary around educating children and teens about sex and consent. All too often, we scare our kids about bad touch and inundate them with negative associations of sex.

How Young Adult Fiction is Embracing Crowdsourcing

Christine Stock | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada
Christine Stock

Young adult author Heather Demetrios is no stranger to YA readers or social media, and her newest idea combines the two. Launched this week, The Lexie Project follows Lexie Baker -- a character from her book Something Real -- as she travels to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.

5 Steps to Keeping Your High School Graduate Safe

Alyson Jones | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

June can be the month when students are immersed in the world of carefree parties, peers and possibilities. The festivities surrounding grade 12 graduation events tend to be an exercise in pushing boundaries, creating memories and grasping the moment. This is all very exciting for the youth involved, and somewhat terrifying for the parents of these youth.

The Way You're Talking To Your Teen About Dress Codes Is All Wrong

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

Since teenage brains are literally neurobiologically different from adults, coupled with their fluctuating hormones, the way they process information also differs greatly from how we may process the very same things. This creates a situation where, when told not to wear something deemed inappropriate for that particular environment, while an adult may understand that it is simply a fashion issue within that specific circumstance, a teenager may perceive it on a chemical level as a personal threat to their entire identity and independence. As a result, they can become fiercely protective and hypersensitive to any potential threats made to their autonomy and are more likely to push the limits in response.

An Open Letter to My Tween Daughter

Erica Gomez | Posted 05.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Erica Gomez

Dear Daughter, I'm writing this not to let you know how much I love you, and I do. So much. Not to tell you how proud you've made me and how talented you are. You have. You are. I'm writing you to let you know that I understand. That I care.

Dispelling The Biggest Myths About Parenting Teens

The Huffington Post Canada | Kristy Woudstra | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Parents

Many parents dread the teen years -- all those hormones, so much attitude, the rebellion. No thanks! But parenting expert Alyson Schafer offers a diff...

Things I Wish People Had Told Me As A Teenager

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Parents

It’s a well-known fact that your teenage years are always your most awkward. That being said, it’s also the time where you need the most help. Tha...

12 Detention Slips Only A Millennial Could Get

The Huffington Post Canada | Shelley White | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Parents

Though the reasons for detention haven't changed too much over the years (tardiness, talking too much, incessant spitballs), only millennial kids coul...