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13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful

By Zdravko Cvijetic Courtesy of Somebody once told me the definition of hell: "On your last day on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become." — Anonymous Sometimes, to become successful and get closer to the person we can become, we don't need to add more things — we need to give up on some of them. There are certain things that are universal, which will make you successful if you give up on them, even though each one of us could have a different definition of success. You can give up on [...]

2019-01-11T12:46:53+00:00January 11th, 2019|News Articles|0 Comments

The 8 Best Inspirational Books to Buy for Teens in 2018

Help your child feel confident and empowered By Cheryl Lock Courtesy of Very Well Family Best Overall Book for Teens: You Don’t Have to Learn Everything the Hard Way "Reviewers says this book is chock-full of tidbits to help teenagers navigate a complicated world." If you’re looking for a book that covers it all, check out “You Don’t Have to Learn Everything the Hard Way” by Laya Saul. Covering topics like sexual abuse, pain, facing obstacles, peer pressure, drugs, and many others, Saul provides teens chapters with bite-sized inspiration in the form of stories, ideas, quotes, and questions to get [...]

2018-12-21T14:12:47+00:00December 21st, 2018|News Articles|0 Comments

Tips for Students: Staying Motivated in the Winter Months

By Taylor Massey. Courtesy of Cenage. Staying motivated in the long winter months is no easy feat. Schools in many locations experience blizzards and severe weather conditions that make it hard to commute. And we’re all faced with fewer daylight hours that can make it hard to stay active and in high-spirits. If you’ve noticed your students dragging more than usual lately, share these top five tips for staying motivated in the winter months. Find inspiration [Schoolwork] is not for the faint of heart. It’s easy to lose your motivation in the middle of spring semester, when all you want to do is stay inside your cozy bedroom. [...]

2018-12-06T10:07:49+00:00December 6th, 2018|News Articles|0 Comments

Support FREE TEENS on #GivingTuesday FB & Paypal Donation Match!

On #GivingTuesday we are raising funds for Free Teens USA's educational and youth activities. Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every bit helps! And on Giving Tuesday Nov 27, starting at 8am EST, Facebook and PayPal will match all donations worldwide until a $7 million limit is reached. THANK YOU for partnering with us in this life-saving and life-transforming work! The Institute for Relationship Intelligence (Free Teens USA) was founded in 1994 for the purpose of offering education and activities to promote healthy relationships that lead to stronger families and communities. Its signature programs for youth are [...]

2018-12-02T09:34:05+00:00November 26th, 2018|News Articles|0 Comments

Delaying Sex Makes Better Relationships, Study Finds

By Jeanna Bryner, Live Science Managing Editor Courtesy of Live Science Delaying sex makes for a more satisfying and stable relationship later on, new research finds. Couples who had sex the earliest — such as after the first date or within the first month of dating — had the worst relationship outcomes. "What seems to happen is that if couples become sexual too early, this very rewarding area of the relationship overwhelms good decision-making and keeps couples in a relationship that might not be the best for them in the long-run," study researcher Dean Busby, of Brigham Young University's School [...]

2018-11-13T23:23:53+00:00November 13th, 2018|News Articles|0 Comments

It’s true: happier students get higher grades

Courtesy of The Conversation. What leads to success in school? Recent research suggests success is partly driven by character skills. “Grit,” for example, or perseverance and passion for long-term goals, seems to be a better predictor of success than IQ in school and beyond. Researchers have also demonstrated that having a “growth mindset,” meaning that a person recognizes that abilities are not fixed, but developed through practice, is associated with academic success. Researchers at Research Schools International are exploring other character skills that might contribute to success. In a recent study, we explored the relationship between happiness and student achievement. [...]

2018-10-19T12:43:08+00:00October 19th, 2018|News Articles|0 Comments

Prepping Kids So They’re Ready To Thrive as Adults

By Susan Heitler, PhD. Posted Nov. 11, 2017 Courtesy of Psychology Today How can families prepare students for doing well when they finish college? Reading today's newspaper I found three depressing themes with regard to young adults. They feel burdened by huge debts from college loans. They can't get jobs. They've had to move back in with their parents after finishing college. What can parents of teenagers do to prepare their kids for the challenges they will face finding work after their education years have ended? Parenting is the art of preparing children to be adults. That is, the goal of [...]

2018-10-19T12:31:55+00:00September 27th, 2018|News Articles|0 Comments

Can Music Be a Bad Influence on Kids & Teens?

By Amy Morin, Nov. 11, 2015 Courtesy of Music has the potential to be a major influence in a child's life. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average child listens to more than 2 1/2 hours of music daily. Music does not necessarily pose problems for teenagers who live a balanced and healthy lifestyle, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The site does warn, however, that, "If a teenager is persistently preoccupied with music that has seriously destructive themes, and there are changes in behavior such as isolation, depression, alcohol or other drug abuse, [...]

2018-09-20T20:09:27+00:00September 20th, 2018|News Articles|0 Comments

Girls’ mental health suffers when romances unfold differently than they imagined

A new study reveals that for adolescent girls, having a romantic relationship play out differently than they imagined it would has negative implications for their mental health. "I found that girls' risk of severe depression, thoughts of suicide, and suicide attempt increase the more their relationships diverge from what they imagined," said the study's author Brian Soller, an assistant professor of sociology and a senior fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico. "Conversely, I found no evidence that romantic relationship inauthenticity -- which captures the extent to which relationships unfold [...]

2018-09-13T09:03:26+00:00September 13th, 2018|News Articles|0 Comments

Abstinence Ed Works, Condom Giveaways Don’t

By Rebecca Oas, Ph.D. June 30, 2016 NEW YORK, July 1 (C-Fam) New evidence from the United States suggests abstinence education is a reason why teen pregnancy has fallen to historically low rates. Nearly sixty percent of high school students had never had sex, up from 46% in 1991. Meanwhile, another new report links condom giveaways in schools with increases in teen pregnancy. This investigation of the impact of the condom distribution programs was published this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)—more than twenty years after the fact. It found higher pregnancy rates when students were given [...]

2018-10-23T12:39:22+00:00August 29th, 2018|News Articles|0 Comments
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