Teen Talk

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

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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.

Romance for Teens Isn't Dead, but It Looks Totally Different

Dating for teens today may look very different than it used to, but there's still romance hiding behind those DMs and memes. In this week's 'Teen Talk,' those nuances are explained.

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.

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.

5 Things Divorced Parents Can Do to Co-Parent Better, According to Experts and a Teen Who Is Living It

In this week's 'Teen Talk' column, a teen and an expert weigh in on how parents can strategize their co-parenting experience in a way that's best for the kids.

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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.

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 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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What I Wish Parents Would Do When Their Kid Comes Out

In this week's 'Teen Talk' column, a teenager who began to understand her queer identity in middle school shares how parents can be positive guides through their child's coming out experience.

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.

This Is How to Introduce Your Teenager to Your New Partner

In this week's 'Teen Talk' column, a young adult describes the dos and don'ts of introducing a new partner to your kids.

How to Help Your Teen Navigate High School Stereotypes

In this week's 'Teen Talk', a recent high school graduate explains why navigating social expectations is complicated and how parents can help teens define their interests despite labels and stereotypes.

This Is How The Teen Generation is Experiencing Anxiety

In this week's 'Teen Talk' column, a teen shares her firsthand account of how anxiety impacts her life and what she wants parents to know about it.