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The Side Effects of Social Media

Why does my dad keep saying not to put pictures of myself partying on my Instagram page? When I was in high school, my mom always said never write anything down that you wouldn’t want to see published on the front page of the newspaper. Of course I found that annoying then, but her point […]

Things Teenagers Say When They’re In Trouble

Multiple times each day, we ask our friends and ask us, “How are you?” It is as common as saying hello. We even ask total strangers how they are doing when go to Starbucks or the mall. Rarely, however, do we answer this question honestly, even when asked by our closest friends and family members. […]

Participation Trophies vs the Real World

When I was growing up, I remember that we had winners and losers. The Olympics awarded gold, silver and bronze metals to the winners, and everyone else did not win; they were the losers. School sports and professional sports always had a winner and a loser. Once your team lost enough games, you were simply […]

How To Negotiate and Compromise With Your Parents

It’s hard to get along with your parents when you’re a teenager. Not only have you become more focused on your friends and probably a bit moody as well, you and your parents truly want different things. You want independence, freedom, and just to have fun. Your parents want you to be safe, be responsible […]

Why Forgiveness Is Difficult (But Important)

Forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well (wikipedia.com). Another definition (Merriam-Webster) is forgive: to stop feeling anger toward (someone who has done something wrong) : […]

10 Signs You Are Ready To Leave Home

The grass always does seem greener. It is not uncommon for teens to believe that adults have it made. No rules, you can do whatever you want. All you want is to be an adult with no rules. Often, though, you fail to realize all of the responsibilities that come along with that, and adults […]
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