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Looking to get your teenager away from the screens and electronics this summer? A summer job is a good way to gain real-life skills, structure, and empowerment … and, of course, make some money to sock away. more

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In recent years, it's become clear that the advancement of women's rights can recede if we are not persistent, insistent, and assertive in championing them. One of the ways we remain a country of empowered women is by passing on what we have learned more

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Your teen is off to college. How exciting! She'll be seeking new opportunities, new friendships, and a new sense of independence. However, the most important question is: Have you prepared her with strategies to stay safe while living away from home? more

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What was once a quiet, well-structured household can become chaotic overnight as your college student returns for the summer. But the return home does not need to create drama if an attitude of respect and understanding is introduced early. more

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​A part-time job can give teens their first real taste of independence, both personally and financially. However, juggling education, extracurricular activities and a work schedule can be overwhelming for many adolescents. more

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​For years you’ve chronicled your child’s milestones, diligently recording his first steps, first lost tooth, and first school award. Now, as you prepare to visit your college freshman this September or October, it will be your turn to experience a “ more

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My son leaves for the big city in late August. I have a whole range of emotions- everything from excitement and pride to fear and melancholy. more

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Most parents fret over their children traveling solo, but detailed plans and regular communication before and during his absence will ease your mind. more

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Every family has its unique traditions, but among the most common is the annual family vacation. Whether your own family unit is more like the Griswolds or the Hoovers, one thing is for sure: the dynamic changes as the kids get older. more

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Since the daily responsibilities of parenting have waned, you’ll have more time to delve into those things you’ve put off time and again. For couples, there can be a renewed energy to their marriage. more

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Has your teen's head been in the clouds lately? Maybe it's spring fever. Although, if your son or daughter is graduating from high school in June, it's probably the more serious condition called "senioritis." more

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Do people really abide by the adage, “It takes a village to raise a child,” or do most people today feel that they do not want to get involved in someone else’s business? more

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In April of 1998, Melissa Marie Sengbusch was a vibrant, ambitious 17-year-old high school senior, but everything changed when she was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a rare form of Leukemia. more

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Samantha Jones was a graduating senior at Pittsford Mendon High School in 2013 when I interviewed her mother. This summer I met Samantha at a Rochester coffee shop to see how her gap year had transpired. more

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If you parent a tween, then you probably know how easily tweens can become TOO BUSY, even for you! It is an important time in your parenting to be intentional about ways to connect with them... more

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If your son or daughter plans to attend college there's no escaping standardized testing. However, families do have some control over which test the teen takes, how often they decide to take it, and how they choose to prepare for it. more

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Not every seventeen or eighteen year old is ready to head off to college − something parents, guidance counselors, and often teens themselves, are keenly aware of. But what’s the alternative? more

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A parent’s worst nightmare: Her teen daughter’s fairytale relationship has somehow spiraled violently out of control, and she doesn't seem to want to free herself from it. more

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If you are a parent of a teenager and you’ve never heard of hookah, you need to start educating yourself on the topic. Although cigarette smoking has declined, hookah smoking is on the rise. more

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Even though teens are more independent than younger children, divorce can lead to devastating consequences because their parents are the glue holding everything together for them, and that glue seems to be disintegrating. more

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