Please help me deal with the emotional fallout now that my son has moved out. [more inside]
How can I help my 14 year old cousin? He came out as bisexual a couple of years ago and recently confessesd to me that he hates this about himself. He is also just generally miserable which I chalked up to being 14. [more inside]
What pop / fashion / gossip magazines in the UK are suitable for 14 year old girls? [more inside]
How do we "parent" a 16 year old girl? My family is taking in a 16 year old girl to be a new member of our family. She's an amazing young woman in a tough situation. No behavior or academic issues (I taught her in 8th grade, she babysits for us regularly), some emotional issues (most likely due to her environment). We're going to go through the process of temporary custody, so this is not a question about "the system" or "legality". This is a question of family dynamics. We have other children in the house who are super excited as well, but our oldest is 7 and we have no idea how to come up with rules, routines, and boundaries for a 16 year old. Of course we'll have to come up with what will work for us, but what kind of things should we be thinking about? We're already talking about curfew, bedtime!!!!?????, computer use, etc. What should we be thinking about that we might not be. Any help from those with teens or those who have adopted older kids would be appreciated.
Can you help flesh out this Xmas wish list? 14yo boy; "sports clothing, gift cards, books." [more inside]
I have a 15 yr old daughter who is "freaking out" over ideas for her birthday party. Nothing elaborate mind you, just some idea that would involve her friends that would encourage interaction among them (eg rather than just going to watch a movie, etc.). Other than a sleep over, you guys have any ideas?
I'm looking for cool gift ideas for a teenage boy. What can I get him that isn't lame? [more inside]
Should I buy my teenage son a scooter to get to work? [more inside]
What kind of phone should we get our son for his 17th birthday? We'd like to get him something reasonably cool, while keeping it reasonably cheap. [more inside]
Handling a teen-relative-with-alcoholic-mom... [more inside]
Easy DIY electronics project for a teenager? [more inside]
Is there a good resource online for reviews of literature geared towards early-teens? [more inside]
My 15 year old daughter is in an economics course this semester and loves it. I'm looking for ideas to help her learn even more. I've tried many ways to give her a leg oupon money matters and she's resisted strongly until now. I'm looking for books, clubs, activities, websites, podcasts, movies, methods in practice, you name it (including specific actions I can take) that will help her learn to manage money and get a grasp on investing all while doing the very things she loves so that she sees that money is not the end-all-be-all. What have you or others you know done to help teens learn about money and put those principles into action?
I am a bisexual guy at a religious high school in Atlanta, GA and, while there isn't much homo-hostility, the majority of my classmates are uncomfortable with homosexuality. (And that's including the gay ones.) I'd like to meet interesting people outside of my school, but I haven't the first clue how to start. How is a bi high school guy supposed to meet like-minded individuals outside of school?
I would like to get a 14 year-old girl an amazing book. Something along the lines of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" (which I have read) but I hesitate to introduce her to some of the extremely painful events in the book at her age. Would "All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes" be a good book? I have not read this one yet. Any other Angelou books I should look at?
A great kid. Uncomfortable in his own skin. Teen pressure. We've all been there. Help me help him. [more inside]
Why has my sister's scoliosis suddenly resulted in partial paralysis, and what treatments are available to help her? [more inside]
My son's 14, and wants to get a job. For instance, the local grocery stores employ kids his age--but they are not hiring at the moment. And state law says he can't operate a fryolater, among other reasonable restrictions listed here. So, who hires 14-year-olds? [more inside]
My baby sister will spend a week in Paris alone and is travelling overseas for the first time. What practical arrangements can I make from a distance to help her have the best time she has ever had? [more inside]
Teenager with head lice. How/who to notify without embarrassing her? [more inside]
What would be a fair price to ask? Per hour? Square foot? Give me some input. [more inside]
You're on an island in the middle of nowhere. You need to locate a used motorbike in a faraway country (Netherlands) where you don't speak the language for a next to nothing price. All you have is the internet. How do you proceed? [more inside]
My grandson was given Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe to read in his English class. I read it and loved it. What are middle and high schoolers given for assigned reading these days?
Cheap eats and must-sees in D.C. for three adults and three teens? Bonus for any vegetarian-friendly options! [more inside]
Help me respond appropriately to my teenage son's marijuana use. [more inside]
EconomyFilter: I'm a sixteen year old desperately needing a part-time or summer job. I can't help but feel bad taking away from those who really NEED it though. [more inside]
We think it would be a good idea for our teens to have (a) cell phone(s) . We're considering kajeet and a pay-as-you-go plan. Good/bad idea? Details inside. [more inside]
Help me help my son find work this summer... [more inside]
Writing a finance 'book' for my niece...What do you know now about money that you wish you knew at 17? What have you learned the hard way? [more inside]
A 16 year old seeking Emancipated Minor status. What is the legal process involved for this in Ontario, Canada? [more inside]
He's 14 years old and his grades are starting to slip. Does anyone have experience with this? [more inside]
My neighbour’s eighteen-year-old daughter, let’s call her “Kay”, is in her last year of high school. She’s trying to decide on a post-secondary course of study for next year. I suspect she’s in the same boat that I, and most of my friends, were in when we graduated high school. To wit: we had virtually no idea of what educational and career options were actually out there; very little idea of what our temperaments and strengths actually were, let alone what kind of career path would suit them; and no clue how to go about researching and finding these things out. Moreover, I don't know how good her school's guidance counsellors are, but mine were next to, if not worse than, useless. What information and resources are out there for Kay to give her a good sense of what her options are and help her figure out what area of study would interest her and suit her abilities? [more inside]
Help me decide if I want this 98 Neon to be the first car I buy, for use in the rest of this year of high school, and college next year. [more inside]
How can I keep my convalescing teenager busy after surgery? [more inside]
How can someone help a teenage boy who has been showing some hateful, homophobic behavior recently? [more inside]
What equipment do my teenagers need to start a garage band and record/edit using a macbook pro? [more inside]
Two part interrelated question: 1) How to improve the self esteem of a 16 year old girl 2) who can't act but would like to be a good actor [more inside]
My 15 yo daughter’s style is becoming increasingly goth/punk - black clothes, metal chains and belts, skulls and daggers, thick black eyeliner, and she recently colored her hair blue. I’ve been cool about it so far though I don’t like the whole darkness/hardness of it all. She’s starting high school this year. She’s an honor student and a thespian. None of her friends dress like this. Should I be worried, or is this just a stage?
In search of dark, gory, female-centered, Asian, did I mention dark, comics/graphic novels. [more inside]
How do I get famous rock star/celebrity autographs for my teenaged son? [more inside]
Haircuts for teenage son with mid-length, loose curl, blonde, thick, and very coarse hair? [more inside]
I just found out my 14 year old niece broke both her femur and tibia and will be in a cast from hip to toe for the next 6 weeks! I want to put together a care package - any suggestions? [more inside]
My 17 year old son has been looking for a part time job for several months, and now would like a summer job before heading off to college. The problem is, he doesn't seem to be able to find anything. [more inside]
What are safe jobs a 16-year old girl could do if she lacked proof of legal work eligibility? [more inside]
If I was a teenager in the 70s, what style of martial art would have seemed the most badass to me? And why?
Why is "scrub" suddenly the most popular insult among 12-year-olds? [more inside]
Where can I find a summer job away from home? I'm 18 and this will be my last summer before college. [more inside]
Please help my girlfriend buy a cheap mp3 player for a 16-year-old girl in foster care she's "adopted" for the holidays. [more inside]
The 17-year-old son of a friend from Austria is into hip-hop. He'll be visiting NYC on 7-10 December and wants to know how to find out about concerts, venues, etc. Can anybody tell me the relevant websites to send him to?
Is roller-derby likely to be a fun spectator sport for teenagers? [more inside]