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Hitting the Road: How to Deal with a Teen Driver in the House

One of the best days of a teen’s life is simultaneously one of the worst for a parent: driver’s license day. It’s inevitable—Independence Day is here. While parents enjoy some benefits—no more back and forth to soccer practice!—the worry and anxiousness associated with a teen driver seemingly can outweigh the positives by a thousand to one.

Too Much Tech? Tweens and Screen Addiction

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, kids ages 8-18 spend around 7.5 hours per day using entertainment media. Increased access to technology makes it easy for kids to slide into damaging digital behaviors. Using the Internet just one hour per day—well below the daily average for American kids—reduces attention span and increases school difficulties, according to one study. And unhealthy digital habits can have serious consequences for tweens and teens, who can carry these addictive behaviors into adulthood.

Seven Reasons I’m Singing the Back-to-School Blues

As happy as I am that school is back in session, it does bring its share of hassles that drive me crazy.

Five Time-Savers for Busy Teens

For many teens, summer is just as busy as the school year. Jobs, athletic activities and social events can keep that so-called “break” jam-packed with action.

Tween ‘Tudes: What Are They Really Saying?

So how do you read between the very angst-filled lines and decipher what your tween means when she’s saying something completely different out loud? We’re here to help.

Teen Parent, Private Eye

Teens by nature crave independence and privacy. As parents, how far should we go to respect their privacy while still ensuring they’re making sound decisions?

Spend the Summer Giving Back

Discover amazing ways your family can give back and volunteer in the Kansas City area.

Unplug: How Unstructured Time Fosters Better Connection

Whether you want to become a stronger, more intuitive communicator or you’re trying to raise one, free time spent unplugged can make a big difference.

THE 10 LAWS FOR PARENTING TEENS

You've reached that ever-looming reality that your strong-willed firstborn daughter, the one you named with purpose and depth, the one for whom you've had such dreams and high standards, the one whose schedule, eating habits, activities and friendships you've been able to keep in a relatively controlled box, has become a TEENAGER.

Why Social Media Behavior Matters

For our digital natives, online interaction is part of the new order. But that doesn’t mean our kids don’t require old-fashioned parental guidance.
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