Tweens & Teens

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How to Become a Potted Plant Parent for Your Tween or Teen

A new study shows teens need their parents around more than they might let on, so how can you be there without overdoing it? Check out these tips on being a "potted plant" parent.
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Teen Privacy: The Closed-Door Policy

Somewhere around age 12, kids start locking their bedroom doors. Decide where you'll draw the line on tween and teen privacy.
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The Tween Thong Debate: Her Choice or Too Young?

One mom wrote in asking whether she should let her tween wear a thong. She asked for other mom's opinions and they've chimed in with their advice

Why Some Tween Kids Lose Stuff Constantly

It seems like some young kids lose stuff all the time. Learn why this happens, how much really is innate and how to help your kids without 'losing it' yourself.

Teen’s ‘With a Bit of Luck’ Four-Leaf Clover Business

Genevieve Myers, 17, of Sterling Heights finds lucky shamrocks and turns them into charms to fund school band trips with her company, With a Bit of Luck.
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Parents Think Teens Spend Too Much Time Playing Video Games

A recent study found that parents think teens spend too much time playing video games – but that it's normal. Get the details on this study – plus how to encourage other activities.
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How Parents Can Address Teen Dating Violence Prevention

Unfortunately, abuse is common in adolescent relationships. Be sure you're vigilant – and talking to your child about teen dating violence prevention.
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12 Volunteer Opportunities for Teens in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Get your high school student involved in the community with one of these volunteer opportunities for teens in the metro Detroit and Ann Arbor areas.
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Programmed to Stall: Why Do Teens Procrastinate?

Picking up steam in their tweens, adolescents seem to innately put things off, causing stress for all. Why do teens procrastinate, and what can parents do?
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How Parents Can Set the Stage for Healthy Teen Dating

A Detroit mom and middle school teacher shares her insights on healthy teen dating behavior – and why a deeper discussion on consent is so critical.
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7 Teen Dating Rules for Parents from a Metro Detroit Mom

A Huntington Woods mom of four teens explains what the 'dating scene' looks likes for modern teens – and offers the teen dating rules her kids follow.

A Beautiful Me Aims to Empower Middle School Girls

This Michigan-based program is designed to boost girls' self-esteem in a signature workshop that goes directly to schools. Learn more about A Beautiful Me.