Marketing to Kids – Why I Don’t Do Energy Drinks

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Kids and Energy Drinks When energy drinks first came out, I decided they’d be off-limits for my middle-school and elementary-age kids. They had enough energy as it was, why would you give them more? From experiences teaching and counseling teens, I see inerrant dangers when kids use unnecessary substances to alter behavior. It sets a precedence for using something outside of yourself to cope, something of which can become addictive. I’m sensitive to addictive behavior because I’ve spent a lifetime undoing unhealthy behaviors I learned as a teen. At fourteen, I learned food and dieting … [Continue reading...]

Getting Your Tweens to Exercise Without a Battle


Getting my son to get off the couch is an ongoing challenge. Most parents already know too many of our kids are overweight. According to the CDC, one-third of all children and teens are either overweight or obese. They don't get enough exercise and eat too many unhealthy foods. Michael is among those ranks. As he's gotten older and let's be honest here -- his discovery of video games -- has … [Continue reading...]

Teens Rocking the World: Sydney Loew of Poketti

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Sydney Lowe - Poketti Plushies This may be somewhat of a spoiler, but as I was doing research for our upcoming Teen/Tween Gift Guide, I came across a company called Poketti. What I didn't know at first is that this company was started by a 13-year-old girl named Sydney (hey! I have a 13-year-old Sydney, too!!) as well as her sister Toni and of course, head cheerleader, CEO and chauffeur - mom, … [Continue reading...]

5 Truths About Your Social Life As A Parent Of Teens

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Social Life?  What Social Life? As a parent of teens, you may feel you don’t have a social life. Or you when you try to plan events, your teen’s activities supersede yours. Here are 5 truths that are common for parents of teens. Having teenagers means you have a revolving door of people in and out of your house. You may plan for your family to be home for an evening only to find they each … [Continue reading...]

Academics and ADHD: Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed

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Helping Kids with ADHD Win in School We all want our kids to succeed in life and the road to success often begins in childhood. We want our children to enjoy learning and excel in their studies. If your child has been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, or ADHD, school may prove particularly difficult due to concentration issues, impulsivity and hyperactivity, to name a few symptoms of … [Continue reading...]

Hard to Focus on Homework? A Few Tips for Studying at Home

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Creating Better Homework Environments An organized, efficient workspace can turn a regular home office into a homework haven. With the distractions kids face — video games, text messaging friends and Facebook updates — completing assignments after school can sometimes be an ordeal. Help your kids stay focused by following these five tips. Create a Study Station Choose a low-traffic area in your … [Continue reading...]