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Teens Are Facing a Social Confidence Crisis Post-Pandemic, Here's What Parents Need to Know
After more than a year of virtual learning, teenagers are expressing an array of anxiety around socializing with their peers in-person. A teen shares what this social anxiety looks like and experts weigh in on how parents can help prepare their kids to face the world.
It's Important For Your Teen to See a Therapist, Here's Why
It can feel intimidating to send your teen to therapy, but it can make all the difference. A teen and an adolescent health expert share the value in mental health care at this vulnerable age.
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.
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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.

Your Teens Might Need a Mental Health Break Just as Much as You Do

From recent personal experience, a teenager shares the importance of taking a break to disconnect from the media and activism in this week's Teen Talk column.