Screen rules that stick

In many homes, getting kids to turn off their cell phones, shut down the video games, or log off of Facebook can incite a rev…

  • I learned a long time ago that you have to pick your battles with your kids, but with so many battles worth fighting, how do you choose? It all starts with taking inventory of the values that matter most in your family. I'm not going to tell you it's a perfect system, but as a mother who once battled every single undesirable behavior with absolutely zero success, I can tell you that focusing on the qualities that matter most helps separate the wheat from the chaff. Take a look at 7 fights worth having. - Lori Garcia


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  • By GalTime Teen Pro Barbara Greenberg, Ph.D.



    Yep, some of our teens are sending up to 50 or even more text messages per day.

    This is concerning because, as we know, lots of information can be lost or misinterpreted in a text. There are no faces to read, no eyes to look into, no sighing and no crying to hear.

    We have got to help our teens with this way of communicating. Surely, we can teach them some things that will make their preferred mode of communication easier, safer, and more likely to come across as intended.

    I suggest that we teach them about a "Five Second Rule."

    1. They should pause for five seconds to re-read a message before they send it. They might catch something that would be hurtful.

    2. Perhaps, they can use these five seconds to see if their feelings last for that long.

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    3. During those five seconds they can make sure that the text is going to the right person. I have personally gotten i

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  • Through putting your Twitter and Photoshop skills to good use, you can earn both money and valuable career experience without leaving college grounds.
    by Sierra Tishgart, Teen Vogue

    It's necessary to devote some of your free time in college to advancing your career, but not all students can handle the financial concerns that come with unpaid internships. Turns out, there are lucrative jobs hiding on your own college campus that provide beneficial career experience. Think beyond the go-to campus tour guide gig and work to create a job that you can tailor to your specific career goals. We asked the experts for a few ideas so you can heighten your skills while making a little cash.

    Plan events for your school's alumni association.
    "A position as a student-alumni liaison will help you down the road," says Nicole Lapin, the founder of "You can use your organizational and creative skills to organize events and panels for visiting alums. The posit

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  • Learn how to create an effective study plan so that you can walk into your tests stress-free and confident.
    by Sierra Tishgart, Teen Vogue

    There's no sugarcoating it: studying for final exams is extremely painful. These monstrous tests are standing in the way between you and your summer break, but that doesn't mean that you can slack off and sip iced tea by the pool. Now is the time to focus, as these test grades reflect the hard work that you've put in throughout the entire school year. We asked academic experts for their advice on when to begin studying, how to know when it's time to stop, and what to do the morning of an exam.

    Understand your goals.
    "Students follow a series of requirements, and it becomes very easy to feel like you're simply jumping through a series of hoops as opposed to understanding why that class and that test are relevant to you," says Colin Gruenwald of Kaplan Test Prep. "You have to ask why you're going to invest the time and energy to do well on a test. W

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  • Creating a smart financial plan now will pay off later in life. Learn about credit scores, line items, and online resources that will make balancing your budget easier.
    by Sierra Tishgart, Teen Vogue

    The good news about starting college: you have more control over your life! But this power also comes with responsibility, especially when it comes to your finances. Even if you're not supporting yourself (thanks, Mom and Dad!), you need to be smart about managing money while you experience your newfound independence. The monetary behaviors you instate now will carry through to your adult life. According to financial expert Alexa von Tobel, the average college senior graduates with $4,000 in credit card debt, not to mention $30,000 in student debt. We asked her and other experts about what you can do to establish an easy, practical plan for spending and saving.

    Create a budget.
    "No matter how little your budget is, it's never too early to start a budget or spending plan," says Galia

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