Articles & Guest Columns

Using Social Media as a College Application Tool

Using Social Media as a College Application Tool   by Liz Repking, Founder of Cyber Safety Consulting (cybersafetyconsulting.com) If you have sent a child off to high school, you understand that bittersweet feeling of being proud of this child nearing young adult independence, while realizing that same child will be flying the nest in four incredibly short years. And boy, do those four years go quickly! There are so many things that we as parents are warning our kids about throughout...
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Sexual Consent: Tips to Avoid Criminal Problems, from Ilann Maazel

Sexual Consent: Tips to Avoid Criminal Problems from Ilann Maazel For those who missed our dynamic and informative Fall Seminar panel, “Teens and Sex: Understanding Healthy Decision Making,” please read the full recap of the event by PIA Board member, blogger and reporter Lori Gaon (in our PIA News and Views section). For further edification on legal aspects of the topic of Consent, the following points outlining what constitutes criminal behavior has been provided by one of our panelists, Ilann Maazel...
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Kids & Drugs: What Your Teen Knows (That You Don’t) About Drugs

“What’s In Your Medicine Cabinet?”  by Pamela Awad On a Tuesday night in October, in an auditorium filled to capacity at the Nightingale-Bamford School, parents viewed “Out of Reach,” a documentary film about prescription drug use among adolescents. Cyrus Stowe, a 17 year-old high school student and filmmaker from Dallas, Texas, produced the 22-minute feature in collaboration with director Tucker Capps (of A&E’s Intervention) and Partnership for Drug Free Kids Medicine Abuse Project. So what is in your medicine cabinet?...
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Don’t Fall for the Common Habits Myth that Stops People from Making Successful Change

Don’t Fall for the Common Habits Myth that Stops People from Making Successful Change By Gretchen Rubin, gretchenrubin.com People often ask me, “Why do we struggle so hard to change our habits–why do we so often fail?” There are a few reasons, but there’s one big one — a popular myth about habits that leads people astray. It makes them accuse themselves of being lazy, self-indulgent, and lacking in will power. It causes them to fail. What is this myth?...
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