#Teens

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 06.09.2015 | 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.