Teen Talk

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Why Styling My Hair Is Important to Me as a Black Teen

The way teens style their hair is often a form of self-expression and should be celebrated. A Black teen shares why her hair is important to her and the importance of the CROWN Act.

How Parents Can Help Their Teens Plan For The Future

You might feel like you're sitting on the edge of your seat as you watch your teen try to pave their own path. There are ways to help them succeed while maintaining their independence. A teen and a psychologist share how.

6 Things About Remote Learning Teens Actually Loved (and Should Be Here to Stay)

As teachers and schools in the U.S. prepare for the 2021 school year back in classrooms, a teen shares thoughts on how we can take what we learned over the last two years to improve the education system.

The Pandemic Was Hard on Teens, But My Sibling Relationship Helped Me Through It

In this week's Teen Talk column, a college freshman who lived at home for an extra year through remote learning shares the silver lining of lockdown: how she unexpectedly built a deeper connection with her siblings.

How Parents Should React to Their Kids' Bad Grades to Help Them Succeed

Report card season can be stressful for kids and parents. In this week's 'Teen Talk' column, a young adult explains how his parents could have reacted differently to his grades, and an expert weighs in on how this reaction could help teens self-motivate.

How to Talk to Teens About Current Events

In this week's 'Teen Talk' column, a young adult shares how parents talk to teens about current events, keeping in mind that many teens might use social media differently than their parents.

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Here's What Teen Depression Looks like (Spoiler: It May Not Be What You Think)

Depression can feel both confusing and insurmountable. In this week's Teen Talk, a teen with depression shares what their experience is like and an expert weighs in on how parents can play a big role in helping them through it with education and support.

I'm a Teen and I'm Terrified to Be Back in School in a Pandemic

Teens understand more of the risks of COVID-19 exposure than younger children, so their concerns around entering crowded hallways and classrooms are very real. In this week's 'Teen Talk," a high school freshman shares her concerns and an expert weighs in how parents can help alleviate them.

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.