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August 30th, 2011 | Filed under: Articles, Blog, Parents, Youth

The Three Fights Every Parent Has With Their Kid and How to Stop Them

 By Vanessa Van Petten, creator of RadicalParenting.com and author of the parenting book, “Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I’m Grounded?” (http://www.radicalparenting.com/books-and-products/book-youre-grounded/)  When I was 16 I thought it was my Dad’s goal in life to make me miserable. I was convinced that he had a running list of all the ways he [...]

December 16th, 2010 | Filed under: Articles, Blog, Youth

Teen Dating Violence

Have you experienced dating violence? Say you’re talking to a guy at a party. Your boyfriend doesn’t like it, and later confronts you about it. He pins you against a wall. You yell at him to get his hands off you. As you’re trying to explain that the guy was just asking about one of [...]

March 5th, 2010 | Filed under: Blog, Youth

How The Internet Has Changed Teen Dating?

By Vanessa Van Petten, youthologist and teen author of the parenting book “You’re Grounded!,” manages RadicalParenting.com, a parenting blog written by 60 teen writers, ages 12-20 to help parents and adults get an honest and open view into the world and mind of youth. Van Petten’s work and blog have been featured in the Wall [...]

February 26th, 2010 | Filed under: Blog, Youth

Hookups vs. Healthy Relationships

Hookups vs. Healthy Relationships When people read Laid: Young People’s Experiences with Sex in an Easy-Access Culture, author Shannon Boodram hopes they will learn rather than judge. One thing I learned was that the difference between a positive and negative hookup experience lies in the same things that make for a healthy relationship. It may [...]

February 23rd, 2010 | Filed under: Blog, Youth

Is your guy a great guy?

I read “Telling it like it is: Teen Perspectives on Romantic Relationships” and you’re right—many teen relationships (and more than a few adult relationships) are not healthy. Many of us lack the information and skills needed to build a healthy relationship. You’ve identified things that make for a healthy relationship—respect, trust, honesty, good communication, for [...]

October 23rd, 2009 | Filed under: Youth

Healthy Relationship?—how to tell

I read “Kiss and Tell: What Teens Say about Love, Trust, and Other Relationship Stuff” at www.stayteen.org and I found it quite insightful. The survey results said, for example, that “a healthy relationship is one that includes love, trust, mutual respect and honesty”—true!  I also agree that “a healthy relationship means different things to different [...]

August 26th, 2009 | Filed under: Youth

Does your boyfriend love you?

Pick a daisy. Pull off the first petal: “He loves me.” And the next: “He loves me not.” Repeat until you get to the last petal to find out whether your boyfriend loves you or not. Sound crazy? No crazier than other stuff women do, like looking for “signs” that he loves you—he looks you [...]