#Teens

How Young Adult Fiction is Embracing Crowdsourcing

Christine Stock | Posted 06.09.2015 | 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 06.09.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | 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 05.21.2015 | 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...

You Won't Recognize Michael Jackson's Daughter All Grown Up!

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Parents

Michael Jackson’s kids have managed to stay clear of the spotlight since their father passed away in 2009. But now images of Paris, Jackson’s seco...

High School Students Help Teacher Propose

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Parents

Sometimes, you need a little help from your friends, or in this teacher’s case, your students. Jonathan Holt wanted his proposal to his then-girl...

Parents: Help Your Kids Say "No!" to the #KylieJennerChallenge

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

As parents, we have an obligation to counter the messages and images that our children are bombarded with, particularly now. If we don't put a stop to it, we're destined to have a whole generation that is not only insecure, but psychologically scarred as well. Here are some tips to help your tween/teen.

Step Aside Alice: 6 YA Fantasy Book Alternatives to Wonderland

Christine Stock | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Living
Christine Stock

Maybe it's the shape-shifting cake in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, or the weird knight, or that damn cat. I just can't say. But here's what I do know: I've read numerous fantasy books that, in my humble opinion, are far more enjoyable than slogging through innocent Alice's "amazing" adventures.

Why Does Violence Against Women Stay Hidden in This Day and Age?

Kids Help Phone | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Living
Kids Help Phone

Why, in a time when we have more information available to us than ever, when WHO member states have adopted "a historic" resolution to address violence against women and girls, and when consent is being introduced into school curricula in some Canadian provinces, does violence against women still remain largely hidden?

How To Approach the Topic of Sexting With Your Teen

Kids Help Phone | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Living
Kids Help Phone

If you and your teen aren't comfortable talking about sexting, talk to them about online safety by reminding them not to share personal information online -- like their real name, age, or phone number, or any other identifying information such as where they live, or the name of their high school. This includes anything that might show up in the background of a photo. And make sure they understand that there can be a risk in talking to strangers online -- not everyone is who they might seem.

V-Day for Healthy Relationships

Anuradha Dugal | Posted 04.11.2015 | Canada Living
Anuradha Dugal

Since Valentine's Day is just round the corner, some of you probably have big plans. Perhaps it's a special date night or a couple's massage. Maybe you've already booked the babysitter, scheduled your mani-pedi or bought new lingerie. Not me.

Are Kids Today Feeling Hopeless or Powerless?

Kids Help Phone | Posted 03.16.2015 | Canada Living
Kids Help Phone

What happens to kids when the pressure starts to build? They can begin to feel powerless over their choices, their identities, and their futures. They can start to feel as though they have no voice, and no input over their own lives.

Great Book Gift Ideas for Your Teenager

Christine Stock | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Living
Christine Stock

As a blogger of Young Adult literature and a professional book reviewer, I read a lot. There are tons of great books out there if you are looking to purchase your teen a gift of the literary sort (and of reasonable cost). The following are my top picks for 2014, based on quality and overall likeability.

How Football Helped One Woman Reach Her Dreams

Dana Marie Krook | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Dana Marie Krook

Although for Taylor, football seems to be about fun, fitness and friends, she is building potential inside herself, as well as creating an example for other girls about what is possible when you go after what you want. Perhaps she doesn't see that just yet. But I think she will.

Calvin Klein's Understanding of "Plus-Sized" Is a Waste of Time

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 01.10.2015 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

In case you haven't heard, Calvin Klein is the latest clothing company to come out with a campaign that has a lot of people extremely pissed off. The campaign is called, "Perfectly Fit" and it features model Myla Dalbesio modeling what Calvin Klein is calling their "plus sized" underwear. It should come as no surprise that 27-year-old Myla is not what most people would consider anything even close to plus sized. I suppose I understand the outrage in principal, but why are people still so shocked when a company that is known for promoting one kind of beauty continues to do just that? Frankly, if Calvin Klein wanted to do something seriously shocking, they would use a model who was older than 25 years old and wore a size bigger than a four.

7 Steps to Helping Your Children Manage Anxiety

Alyson Jones | Posted 01.04.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Anxiety is the number one mental health concern for children. Our children are growing up in a highly anxious world, surrounded by a massive amount of stimulation and information. Here are some practical and important tips to assist you with grounding your children in this anxious world, and helping them develop their self regulation capabilities.

Why Teens Fleeing Facebook Shouldn't Surprise Us

Nick Cowling | Posted 12.30.2014 | Canada Business
Nick Cowling

While trolling parents might be concerned, marketers shouldn't be surprised by the drop in teen Facebook usage. After all, target audience behaviour is never set in stone. It's not the consumer's job to remain loyal, it's the business' job to keep up.

Trick-or-Treating is For Kids. Period.

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 12.28.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

It's fair to say that many teens love getting something for nothing. Free candy? It fits the bill. And every October 31, they fail to disappoint, showing up at the door, thrusting a bag in the direction of unwitting participants, sometimes without even uttering the agreed request -- sometimes, the words "Trick or Treat" aren't even mentioned.

Sometimes Kids Just Need to Be Heard

Kids Help Phone | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Kids Help Phone

Parents often think that they have to have an immediate answer or solution at their fingertips, but sometimes all a kid needs is to be heard. When we listen to young people without interrupting, it helps them feel understood and it validates their feelings by making them feel less alone in whatever they may be coping with.

Back to School: How to Calm Students' Stress and Anxiety

University of Toronto News | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

The heavy academic pressures so common today raise back-to-school stress like never before -- and it's not just high school seniors or university students who are feeling it right now. Parents can do a lot to help ease their children's anxieties around school. The key is to really listen, and let your child open up about their fears.

Let Your Kids Know They Can Talk to You About Suicide

Kids Help Phone | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Kids Help Phone

Suicide is a complex subject, and it can be difficult to talk about with a young person. But it's important to let kids know they can come to you, no matter what. Suicide can affect anyone, and in Canada, it is among the leading causes of death in young people ages 15-24.

Youth Mental Health Is a Responsibility We All Share

Kids Help Phone | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Kids Help Phone

Wellbeing isn't something anyone can achieve in isolation -- it's something we're all in together, and supporting youth mental health is a responsibility we all share.