Teen Talk

Articles written by teens to help parents understand what's really happening in their world.

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How to Help Teens Guide Their Friends in Need of Mental Health Resources

With no school, no in-person socializing, and no vacations, teenagers' mental health is being affected. In this week's Teen Talk column, an 18-year-old shares how she is often the confidant for her friends going through a mental health crisis and how parents can offer teens creative solutions so they can better help their friends.
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Why You Should Let Your Teen Wear What They Want

In this week's Teen Talk column, a young adult explains how clothing plays an important role as teens navigate social trends and explore their identity.
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I'm a Teen Who Is Nonbinary: Here's What I Wish Parents Would Know About Gender

In this week's 'Teen Talk' column, a nonbinary teen shares what they want parents to understand about their experience with gender identity.
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This Is What Phone Addiction Looks Like for Teens and How Parents Can Help

In this week's 'Teen Talk' column, an 18-year-old reflects on how teens rely heavily on technology, especially now, and what happens when parents take their phones away.
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How Teens Decide What They Want to Do When They Grow Up

"What are your plans after high school?" is a dreaded question for a lot of teens. In this week's Teen Talk column, a college junior shares how teens today are deciding their post-grad plans and how parents can help.
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Teens Are Planning Virtual Proms to Get Through the End of Senior Year Social Distancing

This year has been tough on high school seniors, who have had graduations, proms, and several other special events canceled in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. In this week's 'Teen Talk' column, a senior shares her school's creative solution for recreating those once-in-a-lifetime moments.
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I'm a Teen of Mixed Race: Here's What It's Like to Grow Up Biracial in America Today

In this week's 'Teen Talk' column, a teen explains her experience growing up mixed and how parents can help their children navigate the complexities of being biracial with single-race friends and family.
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4 Ways to Connect Better With Your Teen

Being a parent is hard. Being a parent to a teenager is even harder. In this week's 'Teen Talk' column, a young adult shares how parents can connect better with their teenagers who seek a balance between disciplinarian and friend.
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How My Idea of Masculinity Is Shaped by Living With Teen Boys

Everyone processes emotions differently, but the old tropes of traditional masculinity are being redefined by a new generation. In this week's 'Teen Talk' column, a teen shares how she's seen the idea of masculinity evolve.

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How to Help Your Teen Through the Process of Changing Schools

In this week's 'Teen Talk', a teen who moved and changed schools before her senior year shares what the experience was really like and how parents can help to minimize the stress and make this transition easier.
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This is Why Your Teen Won't Always Tell You About Their Day

In this week's 'Teen Talk' column, a young adult explains why she didn't always talk to her parents and what you can do to encourage open communication.
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This is Why Activism and Protesting Are Important for Your Teen

In this week's 'Teen Talk' column, a teen activist explains why all youth should be given the opportunity to share their voices, advocate for their rights, and develop their passions.
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This Is How I Wish My Parents Talked to Me About Sex

At 21 years old, our 'Teen Talk' columnist admits she never had the ‘sex talk’ with her parents and why she wishes she did.
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Here's How to Support Your Teen Through College Applications, According to a Student

In this week's 'Teen Talk' column—articles written by teens and young adults to help parents understand what's really happening in their world—a college student explains how to keep the college application process stress-free.
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A Parent's Guide to Sadfishing, Explained by a Teenager

In this post for our 'Teen Talk' column—articles written by teens and young adults to help parents understand what's really happening in their world—a young adult defines the social media act of sadfishing and explains how parents can help their teens through mental health issues.
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