Teen Talk

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

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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.

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.

It's Natural for Teens to Want to Party, Even During a Pandemic—Here's How to Convince Them Not To

As time and the pandemic continues, teens, like everyone else, are developing a serious case of cabin fever. In this week's 'Teen Talk' column, a college student explains why teens are partying despite safety concerns and an expert shares what parents can do to protect them from COVID-19.

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.

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How Parents Can Help Their Children Through a Learning Disability Diagnosis

The light at the end of the tunnel does exist for kids with learning disabilities. In this week's Teen Talk column, a young adult shares how his parents helped him feel learning enabled and more than his diagnosis.

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.

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.