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Teen Advice Quiz Week Two

Advice to Your 15 Year Old Self: Week 2 If I knew then what I know now... but would I have listened?  Teen Advice is a plentiful as leaves on a tree, but I'm offering some advice... with a bit of a twist. I polled a huge variety of people, asking them this one...

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Teen Advice Quiz Week One

Typical advice, right? The question is, typical of whom? Is this something a gal would say, or would a guy say it? Would you most likely hear this from a teenager, or an octogenarian?

Test how savvy you are by taking this quiz! See if you can figure out who said what based on the attitude typical of their age.

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Supermom or Awesome Mom?

I promise if you look closely at anyone who appears to be doing it all on her own, you’ll find “Supermom” actually has help…a husband, daycare, housekeeper, older siblings helping out younger siblings, relatives, secretary, a staff at work, a nanny, a virtual assistant, public transportation, food deliveries, restaurants, babysitters, dry cleaner, accountant, advisors, teachers, books, carpoolers…

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Girls Who Look Like Their Daddies

The woman cooed, “You have your daddy’s eyes.” The child wrenched her chin away, planted her fists on her hips, and declared, “I don’t have my daddy’s eyes. These are my eyes! I don’t look like a boy.”

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The Parent-Teen Tango

This is why you must be in charge of the limits set for all aspects of her life… bedtime limits, homework limits, TV limits, social media limits, emotional limits, freedom limits, time limits, socializing limits, food and nutrition limits, sports limits, time alone in her room limits, shopping limits, relationship limits, etc.

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7 Tips On How To Pull Off A Presentation

Everything is a learning experience, including doing a presentation. If you can find a way to videotape yourself while you are presenting, you will find it invaluable when you look over it later. You will be able to see your strengths and your weaknesses, which side of the room you tend to look at, and how confident your overall performance appears.

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Talking To Teens: Conversation Starters and Stoppers

Begin with baby steps Make your talks short and sweet in the beginning. Chat for a moment or two, and then excuse yourself. If your teen wants to continue the conversation, he’ll follow you out of the room. If he doesn’t, he won’t feel any pressure. It will be a pleasant experience for both of you.

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10 Fun Fantastic Fabulous Activities

The First Five Fun, Fantastic and Fabulous Summer Activities

> Set up a Quidditch tournament, and form a team.
> Play Capture the Flag, Zombieland version, at a local park…One team Human; One team Zombies.
> Mow the lawn so it looks like a PacMan board, and play your friends.

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Do As I Say, Not As I Do

The “Do As I Say, Not As I Do” philosophy does not work. It only serves to teach her that you don’t actually believe in the “Do As I Say” part. What you Say and Do ALWAYS matters. If she sees you living a lie, her trust in you suffers.

That, my friends, is the core of teen angst.

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The Quick Solution to Tantrums

To this day, I thank my lucky stars I wasn’t able to pluck her out of that clothes rack before she stopped screaming. If I had, I would have tried to bribe her to prevent my own embarrassment, anything to make her be quiet. I never would’ve learned my valuable lesson—

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Work Smarter, Not Harder: Rocking Your Final Exams

If you are a teenager, your thoughts need to turn towards your Final Exams Prep…Again. Yes, I know April just ended, but it’s time, and who doesn’t love a good strategy for ending the school year strong?
You know that yucky feeling you get in the pit of your stomach at the mere mention of exams? Here’s a way to minimize it.
Get Organized!

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That Is Not What That Meant

On her ninth birthday, she announced, “Now that I’m almost a teenager—”

“Hold it!” I had to stop her right there. “You are not almost a teenager. I will tell you when you are almost a teenager.”

“But Mom…

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March For Science

Science touches everything we do— including the safety of the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. It affects the kinds of diseases we get and the medicines we use. It dictates what our kids are taught in school, what is discussed in the news, and what is debated in Congress. Science affects the jobs we have, and what powers our economy. It needs our help to remain pure, so join the March for Science.

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