Tweens & Teens

Tweens & Teens: Body Image Issues

In this world of social media, YouTube and streaming services, our tweens and teens are bombarded with images of what society values as beautiful. The constant barrage of those images can lead kids to believe they have to live...

Screens and Teens

We’ve seen images of teens and tweens gathered in crowds with their phones, eyes looking down, as they text and scroll. These images can be alarming. We want our children to be connected to their friends, and we recognize...

Teens and Voting

During the 2016 election, less than half of 18- and 19-year olds registered to vote, even though young voters account for almost half of the voting population. Current voting data shows that only 53% of the U.S. voting population...

Return to School or Not?

Even though she fully expects schools to close at some point this fall, Indianapolis mom Laura Garrison is sending her daughter back to school. “She needs the structure as well as the social interaction,” Garrison says. Garrison is not alone....

Starting the Conversation

Discussions on racial inequities can be difficult. Many people struggle with these conversations, often having no idea where to start or what to say. But they are critical conversations to have with your family, friends and yourself. Because getting...

Coronavirus and College

Starting college is hard. And because we’re living during a pandemic, incoming college freshmen will enter college at a time of uncertainty. Although many colleges in the U.S. are preparing for these challenges, college will not be the same...

Adulting 101: Teaching Your Teen to be Independent

Indianapolis mom Jessica Sandvold believes in teaching independence. She requires her 16-year-old daughter to make her own appointments for sports physicals. She taught her how to set up and use a checking account. Even going to the grocery store includes lessons in independence. Now, Sandvold’s daughter has...

Talking to Your Teen About Climate Change

When Indianapolis resident Marta Heimlich Carter’s daughter watched the documentary “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” in her environmental sciences class, she was so outraged that she became a vegetarian.  But she didn’t stop there. “My husband and I drastically cut our meat consumption to...

Only the Lonely: Addressing Teen Loneliness

Having a baby in the NICU is one of the scariest things a parent can face. Here are some tips for coping with that reality.

Rock the Vote

Tim Kalgreen became interesting in voting by going to the election polls with his parents. “They were open and honest about the issues, giving their opinion but helping me and my brothers recognize that there were valid points of...

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