Raising Successful Kids While Embracing My Homosexuality
The real science behind happy kids? Happy parents!
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Raising Successful Kids As A Gay Dad

Raising kids these days is hard work. It can be even harder if you're struggling to accept who you really are; trust in yourself to teach your children the importance of self-acceptance and confidence.

6 Love Lessons For Divorced Parents From 'The Way, Way Back'
Toni Collette and Steve Carell star in this heartfelt comedy.
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6 Love Lessons For Divorced Parents From 'The Way, Way Back'

It's hard for kids to watch their divorced parents date new people. Even harder: tagging along on their parents' romantic getaway. In this new movie, Pam (Toni Collette) takes her 14-year-old son Duncan (Liam James) to Cape Cod, where they live with Pam's new boyfriend Trent (Steve Carrell). But the "vacation" is anything but relaxing, mainly because of the tension between Trent and Duncan. So here are some takeaways for divorced parents!

Hilarious: Living with Teenagers
One sure way you can tell if there is a teenager in the house is...
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Hilarious: Living with Teenagers

If your water bill is high, and you find shoes all over the house, you might have a teen living with you. Read one mom's hilarious take on parenting teenagers.

Boost Your Student's Dreams...and Get Your Life Back
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Boost Your Student's Dreams...and Get Your Life Back

We love our kids. Year after year, we do anything to give them every advantage in the world and nudge them toward the life of their dreams. This is often at the cost of our personal time and relationships. So many parents feel like they have put their life on hold to put all their available energy and resources into their kids. 

Parent Advice: 5 Ways To End Teen's Behavior Problems
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Parent Advice: 5 Ways To End Teen's Behavior Problems

Imagine a scene where you ask your teen to pick up his clothes and he smiles and does it immediately.  Does that sound too far-fetched.  Maybe not, read on…. Every teen misbehaves at some point or another. From talking back and slamming doors to ditching class and using profanity. It’s normal for teens to want to feel independent, but it’s not acceptable for them to act out in a negative manner. Don’t go to the extreme, however — sending them off to boarding school isn’t the answer.

2 Reasons Why Time-Outs Don’t Work
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2 Reasons Why Time-Outs Don’t Work

Failed time-outs can be a huge source of frustration for parents and teachers, making them question their skills and abilities, and leading to the belief that they need to escalate severity to get consequences to work. This can easily result in stronger and stronger reprimands, lectures, and even yelling, along with more and more drastic and punitive consequences. This is typically a recipe for disaster. There is a much better way. Really understanding why time-outs don’t work is the place to begin.

Oh Dad No: Do We Have to Have the 'Sex Talk' Now?
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Oh Dad No: Do We Have to Have the 'Sex Talk' Now?

Being a professional life coach for teens has its benefits and challenges.  Frankly, most of the benefits come from my wonderful adolescent clients.  Ironically, the biggest challenges come from my own teenage children.  My oldest daughter is a senior in high school, and when it came to the “sex talk” I was told that I was not the appropriate parent.  Even though I had numerous conversations time and again with other teens, it was clear that I wasn’t allowed to speak with her about this topic.  I was given the reasons, relinquished that role and

Jane Pratt Deena Cortese
Editor Jane Pratt hanging with "Jersey Shore's" Deena Cortese.
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Why I No Longer Have A 'Do-Or-Die' Love For Jane Pratt

As a recent profile about her in New York mag says, Jane Pratt has indeed been "15 for an awfully long time now;" she declares that as her "emotional" age, or the age you will never forget because something really life-changing happened to you. I guess mine is a bit older.

teen couple in bed
Trust them, they're not thinking about oral sex.
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Good News, Parents! Teens Aren't Big On Oral Sex

For a while now, it's been perceived that teens who aren't rushing to have intercourse are still experimenting with oral sex "en masse," as in rainbow parties and handies on the school bus. But a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention challenges that assumption with cold, hard facts.

How To Talk To Your Son About Masturbating [EXPERT]
Do you need to speak to your son about masturbating?
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How To Talk To Your Son About Masturbating

My son is 15 years old and during the past month I have walked in to my home while he was masturbating in the living room. Just yesterday, he fell asleep after doing it on his bed with the door open. I am also noticing lotion or spray on his shirts. I do not know how to handle this. Should I confront him about it?