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Driving Schools for the Teenager in Your Life

2 Jan

By Emma Kandrac Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern MA, ME, RI & VT (BBB) offers a run-down of what parents need to look for when searching for local driving schools that they can count on for their teens. The magical age of 15 years and 9 months may be just around the corner, and chances Continue Reading

Getting Kids to Talk

16 Oct

By Tim Hawkes Talking to teenage children can be a challenge. Getting the heavenly constellations right – busy parent, distracted child and topic of interest is not easy. Small wonder some researchers are suggesting that meaningful conversation between parent and teen is being measured in only a few seconds a day. There are things that Continue Reading

Teens and Texts

19 Sep

It’s not easy to pry your teen’s cell phone out of their hot little hands, but you may want to implement a no texting after dark rule. A study published in the Journal of Child Neurology showed that teens who continued to text after their presumed bedtime when lights were out slept fewer hours, making Continue Reading

Why Do Some Kids Learn Kindness and Others Learn Aggression and Violence?

6 Jul

By Laurie Berdahl, M.D. Sixteen-year-old Amy Anita Joyner-Francis was killed in her high school bathroom in a preplanned attack by three teenage girls. One 16-year-old has been charged with criminally negligent homicide. Ironically, Amy was described by many as a compassionate student who worked to reduce violence and fighting. Many youth today suffer from being Continue Reading

Social Apps Parents/Guardians Should Know About

16 Feb

Social Apps are an increasingly popular way for teens and adolescents to connect and communicate. However, there are some inherent risks with the ability to send anonymous messages and pictures. The latest research from the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University shows that 80 percent of third graders and 93 percent of high Continue Reading

Your Son’s First Shave: Tips and Techniques

20 Nov

Mary-Ellen Lacasse Whether you’re a tween, teen, adult or somewhere in between, shaving is an important part of many men’s morning routines. For any parent, taking time to show your son how to shave is essential, and can serve as a fun bonding experience. Here are some tips to help you teach your son how Continue Reading

How to Shave: Tips for Parents of Teens and Tweens

26 Oct

By Mary-Ellen Lacasse Parents of teens and tweens have a lot to worry about.  Shaving shouldn’t be one of them!  The age to begin shaving depends on the individual, although on average, girls begin shaving around the age of 13.   While shaving can be a hairy topic for some moms and their daughters, it doesn’t Continue Reading

Avoid the Pressure Trap: 5 Tips to Raising Confident, Independent and Thoughtful Children

22 Jun

By Darlene Sweetland and Ron Stolberg As we casually scrolled through social media posts one Sunday evening, we saw pictures of Michael holding an All Star Championship trophy, Lindsay holding flowers after opening night as the lead in her school play, Joe holding an academic scholarship award, and Monica volunteering at a homeless shelter. Then, Continue Reading

Want Teens to Avoid Texting and Driving? There’s an App!

7 May

When teenagers begin their adventures on the road, the last thing you want is for them to be distracted while driving. A few years ago, the main worries for parents were teens playing their music too loud or being distracted by their friends in the car. While these are still real risks, there is a Continue Reading