15 Essential Items Missing from Your Teen’s College Packing List

15 Essential Items Missing from Your Teen’s College Packing List

When my daughter went off to college, we packed every inch of our Suburban with clothes, dorm bedding and accessories, cleaning supplies and snacks. It didn’t take long to discover she needed a fe . . .

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Pros and Cons of Taking a Gap Year

Pros and Cons of Taking a Gap Year

High school graduation is rapidly approaching. You’ve ordered a cap and gown, selected senior portraits and picked the date for a party. The only problem is your senior is totally burned out, with . . .

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Totally Teens

Totally Teens

San Diego teens! Here you'll find contests, events, scholarship information, volunteer opportunities and resources for tweens and teens in San Diego County. Come back every month for new events an . . .

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How to Prepare for College Over Summer

How to Prepare for College Over Summer

Most high school juniors and rising seniors would rather hang out at the beach than think about school this summer. But if college is a dream, summer is a great time to make it a reality. Thanks to . . .

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Ways Kids Can Cash in This Summer

Ways Kids Can Cash in This Summer

Ways Kids Can Cash-in This SummerWhen kids earn their own money, they learn the rewards of hard work, come to understand the real value of a dollar and become more thoughtful in their spending. Look . . .

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5 Simple Rules for a Great Graduation Party

5 Simple Rules for a Great Graduation Party

One of my most fulfilling mom experiences was watching my daughter Kate stride confidently across the stage to receive her high school diploma. One of my most terrifying mom experiences? Planning the . . .

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5 Tips for Attending Graduation Parties

5 Tips for Attending Graduation Parties

The busy season for graduation parties is here. My mailbox and inbox will soon be loaded with open house invitations. We live in area where kids have friends at multiple schools, so I attended parti . . .

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8 Tips for Making the Most of College Tours

8 Tips for Making the Most of College Tours

If your teen is considering colleges outside your zip code, time zone or even in a different country, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to visit each one. There is plenty of information available onl . . .

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21 Ways to Tell Your Tween/Teen, “I Love You”

21 Ways to Tell Your Tween/Teen, “I Love You”

Tweens and teens often struggle with receiving affection. They embarrass easily and some would rather die than be seen kissing their mothers in public. At a time when they lack self-confidence in ma . . .

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Preparing to Launch Your College-Bound Teen

9 ways to make the most of your teen’s senior yearYour child’s senior year is an emotional roller coaster ride, filled with anticipation, excitement and worry. College-bound teens are speeding thr . . .

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26 Ways To Help Your Teen Find More Peace

Teens have a lot to manage with school, activities, social media, changing bodies and pressure from many directions. Like the rest of us, teens can benefit from more calm in their lives. However, beca . . .

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5 Must-Have Apps for College-Bound Students

There is a market full of apps to help teens prepare for college and the impending job hunt. Here are five that I consider must-haves for college-bound students.LinkedInCollege is the time to make con . . .

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Gift Ideas for Your High School Graduate

When I graduated from high school, I thought (and thought right) that I was going to receive a brand new MacBook Pro. I’m not complaining—I’ve used my MacBook every single day since I got it. A . . .

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5 Ways to Celebrate Graduation

Graduation season brings graduation parties. For weeks parents and new graduates plan and attend multiple parties of friends, relatives and former classmates. Sometimes going to party after party can . . .

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6 Do's and Don'ts for Teens on Prom Night

6 Do's and Don'ts for Teens on Prom Night

Prom night tips from a San Diego graduate. Sometimes the details surrounding prom night get in the way of what prom is all about—celebrating your youth. Prom is the ultimate capstone for high sch . . .

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Is Your Tween/Teen Too Old to Trick-or-Treat?

When I was a child, the anticipation of Halloween night was unbearable for me. I would sprint from the bus, shove some food down only because my mom insisted, and then spend what was left of daylight . . .

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Schedule the Right Vaccines for Your Tweens and Teens

In the first few years of a child’s life, families get to know the doctor’s office fairly well. On schedule, they return for well-child checks, growth and developmental assessments and vaccination . . .

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8 Great Things to Do After High School Besides College

Your graduating high school senior has just walked the stage and received his diploma, but now what? Where does he go from there? While the traditional route for most is college, one expert says that . . .

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How to Get Teens to Read More

How to Get Teens to Read MoreGetting Teens to Turn the Page Being able to read well is more important than ever for teens to achieve economic success. But more than 60 percent of middle and high scho . . .

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Prom Night Safety Tips for Parents

While prom night is stressful for parents and teens for many reasons, parents should never overlook safety. However, many parents aren’t aware of simple—yet effective—tips for making sure their . . .

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