Halloween Offers The Perfect Excuse To Show It All

It’s almost here—Halloween. As someone who recognizes candy as an actual food group, I couldn’t be happier. I love the fact that all of my “staples” will be miniaturized and readily available. For many people, the best part of October 31st is getting to “dress up.” It’s the designated day of the year that you […]

Rigid Rules Trump Common Sense

It never ceases to amazes me how policies often seem to negate good judgment. Recently in a 17- year old girl in MA was punished for coming to the rescue of a friend who was drunk at party and asked for a ride home. Her high school gave her a five-day game suspension and demoted […]

Advice To My Teenage Self

Hindsight is 20/20. If I had the teen years to do it all over again, and I’m grateful that I do not, things would be different. I wouldn’t waste time with people who bring me down. I wouldn’t spend all my money on a single pair of sunglasses and I wouldn’t be afraid to pursue […]

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Forty percent of girls age 14-17 report knowing someone their age that has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend. Far too many; and those are just the ones brave enough to talk about it.  February is Teen Violence Awareness month. Some girls don’t even know that their relationship is abusive, because it has become […]

What You Need to Know @ Teens and Sexting

Is sexting the modern version of “I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours?” Maybe. In case you’ve been living under a rock for past couple of years, sexting is the practice of sending explicit words or pictures via text messaging. It has become common practice, and if you a teen you should be […]

Will a Magazine’s Promise To Use Un-Edited Photos Help Teen Girls?

Last week, 14-year old Julie Bluhm of Maine experienced victory. In April, she began a petition asking SEVENTEEN magazine stop using Photoshop to “improve” the appearance of girls among its pages. She believed that the images portrayed in the magazine were contributing to the poor body image of America’s youth. Her petition garnered major attention […]

“Bully” Exposes the Harsh Realities Faced by Young Outsiders

When I was in 7th grade the thought of going to school made my stomach turn. There was girl threatening to beat me up. Her name was Terry and I didn’t know she existed until the day she confronted me. I was on her “hit list” because I had apparently looked at one of her […]