Working out has never been my personal go-to for stress release or an endorphin rush. Learning how to incorporate a workout regime into my life has taken time and discipline, and is a practice that I wish I had started much earlier in life. As a teenager, I was only involved in sports for a short … [Read more...]
My Teenager Is Perfect To Me, So Why Can’t She See That?
As a young woman, I hated going to the hairdresser because I didn’t like looking at myself in a mirror for an extended length of time. Funnily enough, as I have gotten older, and am definitely more wrinkly, it doesn’t bother me nearly as much as it did when I was a teenager. Back then, I never … [Read more...]
4 Ways To Make Life With Teens Easier
The lives of today's teens are scheduled and full. Many take part in sports or extracurricular activities in addition to keeping up with their academics and social calendar. While it can feel like their lives are heavily scheduled, having a full calendar means that they learn time-management and … [Read more...]
You Don’t Have To Be Friends With Everyone—In Fact, I Encourage My Kids Not To
It feels good to have a large circle of friends. Many of us are guilty of wanting larger social media numbers—friends, followers or fans, depending on the platform. The term for this is called ‘vanity metrics’, defined by Techcrunch.com as: "things like registered users, downloads, and raw page … [Read more...]
3 Things To Teach Your Teen That You May Assume They Already Know
It truly seems like overnight that your child grows from a small child to a taller-than-you teenager. They go from wanting the latest toy to borrowing your clothes and then riding in cars with friends. The transition goes so quickly that all of a sudden these young adults seemed to have miraculously … [Read more...]
Is Your Teenager Entitled To An Allowance?
As a kid, I was enamoured with the idea of an allowance. In the 80s, there were plenty of happy families portrayed on television tossing the word allowance around casually. I think what I liked most about it was the idea that you could get paid once a week, or every two weeks, just by virtue of … [Read more...]
Your Teen’s Messy Bedroom Isn’t A Problem. It’s Art.
"I'll do it later." "I'm doing homework." "I like it this way." By now you've probably heard every excuse under the sun for why your kid couldn't possibly tidy their bedroom. Even though you daren't set foot inside it for fear you might find something a) growing (those bowls of cereal never … [Read more...]
TTC Ad Campaign Aims To Assist Parents Of LGBTQ Youth
"It's not what you said, it's the way you said it." Sound familiar? We all make mistakes and words, however well-intentioned, can sometimes come out completely wrong—and hurt those we love in the process. Toronto Pflag (Parents, families, friends & allies of Toronto's LGBTQ community) … [Read more...]
Why I Told My Teen NOT To Get A Summer Job
I was fifteen when I got my first summer job. I applied to a few places, and landed one in a local restaurant in the small city where I grew up. It was a family style pizza and pasta joint and well known for having great food and as a small kid, it was one of my favourite places to go when my family … [Read more...]
What The Heck Is Snapchat And Why Are Our Kids Always On It?
If you’ve got a teenager, you can probably look over at any time of the day or night and find them snapping selfie after selfie. I'd estimate that it happens about every 10 seconds. But what are they actually doing? Chances are, your kid is sending photo-type-texts to their friends via an App … [Read more...]
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