10 Conversation Starters for Talking to Teens About Sex

Rather than broaching the topic just once, it’s important to have an ongoing dialogue.

Personally, I would love it if we could just have one “sex talk” with our kids and be done with it. Or, it would be great if they could just learn what they need to know about sex from their school’s puberty unit in science class. But no such luck. Experts recommend that we talk […]

The New Sex Talk: 3 Tips to Get You Started

Times have changed, and so has how we talk to our kids about sex.

The summer before I started high school, unbeknownst to me, my mother tasked my father with giving me the “sex talk” on a six-hour road trip. I had never kissed a boy, or seen an R-rated movie. We didn’t have the Internet yet. I didn’t know that people have sex for pleasure; that would be […]

How to Help Teens Get More Sleep

Sleep is, arguably, the golden ticket to happiness. Our silver bullet to success. A straight shot to both physical and mental health.

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I am writing this from the front lines: My 16-year-old stepdaughter’s messy bed. It’s a little after 9:00 o’clock. I’m surrounded by various evidence of teenage life: her guitar, a red bandana, a cardboard box and the pile of clothes that used to be in it (ordered online from a thrift store), her phone, the dog’s […]

Happiness Tip: Have a Family Game Night

Four tips for making a family game night count.

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Want to boost your mood this week? Challenge your family members to an old-fashioned board game. A whopping 91% of families who play games report that playing games together improves their mood — even for 13-17 year olds — according to a recent survey (commissioned by Hasbro but conducted by an independent research company). Additionally, the survey […]