Parenting Teen

Raising an introvert when you're anything but

A colleague recommended that I read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain, after telling her that I was having a tough time understanding whether my 16-year-old son has "issues" socializing because of his hear impairment or because of his introverted personality. Unlike my daughter, my son would rather stay home on the weekends playing video games, reading a book, watching a movie or just hanging with my husband and me rather than being out with friends. When my daughter was his age, I hardly saw her!

My son is most similar to my husband who is an introvert. My daughter and I are definitely extroverts.

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Why I hate raising kids in this iWorld

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Recently, I watched Comedian Louis C.K. discussing children today and the effects of technology. You would think that with the advancement of technology, society would be evolving into a better place, but instead, too much technology has become a crutch and is hurting more than helping our children. Technology is castrating our children's humanity.

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¿Le pagarías a tu hija adolescente para que no tuviera sexo?

Hace pocos días fue publicado un artículo en The Atlantic donde la autora se preguntaba si era necesario pagar a las adolescentes con tal de que dejarán de tener sexo. Un estudio en África mostró que es probable que sea una gran solución para evitar el embarazo en jóvenes.

El estudio no crean que fue patrocinado por una fundación católica ortodoxa, sino por la fundación de Melinda Gates. ¿Podríamos acaso detener los embarazos en jovencitas por medio de este tipo de chantaje? Parece que sí.

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8 Ways to inspire teens to stay fit and play sports

It can be a fine balance between encouragment and pushiness when you're attempting to motivate your teenagers to stay fit and get involved in organized sports. If you don't introduce the idea, they may not realize it's an option, but if you come off as forceful they likely won't want to be bothered at all. So what's a proactive parent to do? Check out our eight tips for inspiring your kids to stay fit and play sports for some great ideas to get you started. 

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I was inspired by this young woman & you will be too!

I don't think my kids realize just how easy they've had it. My daughter Carolina is going away to college in a few weeks and as I sat in our kitchen listening to her worries: What outfits should I take? How should I decorate the dorm? Do you think I'll make any friends? Can we get a shower caddy?

I thought to myself that although this is all very overwhelming, her concerns seem so trivial relative to those of less fortunate teens that have had to overcome so many challenges and have dealt with so much adversity in their lives. 

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Ayuda a tu hija a prepararse para su primera menstruación

Uno de los momentos más estresantes, inolvidables y especiales para las mujeres es la llegada de la primera menstruación, conocida formalmente como menarquia. Todas recordamos este momento de nuestra vida como el inicio de una nueva etapa y final de nuestra niñez. Es un momento de cambios físicos, psicológicos y emocionales que marcan la pubertad. Por eso es importante que lo converses con tu hija de forma clara y sencilla porque es algo natural. Con la llegada de la primera menstruación, la mujer adquiere capacidad reproductiva por lo que es necesario que tu hija este informada de lo que ello significa. Si no sabes cuál es el primer paso para preparar a tu hija, te damos algunas ideas. 

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Michael Jackson's son recalls his father's horrifying final moments, breaks all our hearts (VIDEO)

Michael Jackson's eldest son, Prince, was only 12 when the King of Pop was found dead that fateful day in June four years ago. And yet, I'm sure he'll never be able to erase the horrific image of his father's limp body from his mind. Prince was the first family member to testify in Jackson's wrongful death lawsuit against promoter and producer AEG Live.

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Truth be told: Demi Lovato's tragic story proves that daddies are very important

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On Saturday, Demi Lovato's estranged father, Patrick Lovato, died. The young starlet and her father had not spoken for some time and had a very tumultuous relationship.

But, your father is still your father, for better or worse, and when you lose him, it still hurts. My heart goes out to Ms. Lovato, she has been through so much at such a young age, and I can relate to all her ups and downs pretty personally...

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5 Tips to help you deal with an out-of-control teenager

Every time I read a story about a college student disappearing after a night of partying, I can't help but think the worst as mi hija Carolina prepares to go off to college. She's the first one in my family to go away and I really struggled with the decision. However, I do feel like the past two years have prepared me for what's to come. Here are some basic tips that have helped me manage this life stage and the stress that comes with it!

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What your kids are posting online could come back to haunt them--and you!

During her interview with Diane Sawyer, Amanda Knox, the American college student studying abroad who served four years in an Italian prison for murdering her roommate, said that "everything she ever posted online, every boyfriend in her life, came back to haunt her." The stories she shared with "friends" on social media about her feeling "proud" about her one-night stands and marijuana "vice" further reinforced the images that the Italian press were creating, branding her a "seductress" and "a sexual thrill-seeker." She said that she wants "to be reconsidered as a person."

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