Articles & Guest Columns

When and How to Talk to Children about Consent

By Lisa Osherow Recently, college campuses have devoted a great deal of thought and debate to the crucial issue of “consent,” with specific emphasis on preventing sexual assaults. But, what exactly is consent, and when and how should we teach it? This question isn’t as simple as it sounds. A common definition for consent may be given in a few key phrases, but for some parents, just the idea of talking to their children about sexuality can be awkward. And...
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Social Media Smarts For Tweens and Teens – It Starts Earlier Than You Think

Guest Column By Alan Katzman Learning how to use social media is an imperative life skill for today’s youth and their parents. Parents can empower their children with the knowledge to make good choices in the use of all forms of technology and social media. With proper coaching and guidance, today’s tweens and teens may well prove that social media is not the death of a generation but the impetus for its growth and development. Today’s youth display their lives...
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THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT!

By Lisa Huffines New York City is a singular place to be a teenager, but the young panelists at Parents in Action’s twenty-ninth annual Teen Scene event agreed that parents should relax; most of them are doing just fine. The unique aspects of a city upbringing are as much positive as they are negative, said this year’s group of fourteen ninth- through twelfth-graders from independent schools across the city. They responded to questions from moderator Lucy Martin Gianino and from...
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Social Skills for Managing the Business of Life

By Faye de Muyshondt, Founder of socialsklz:-) for SUCCESS In my decade of teaching elementary through high school students, as well as adults, I’ve asked, “How do you want to come across to others?” thousands of times. I hear the same words again and again, regardless of age: “Friendly, nice, happy, confident, enthusiastic.” Yet throughout our educational experience, there is seldom a single lesson given on developing these characteristics or honing vital “social skills.” The lack is particularly glaring here...
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