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You know the following 5 trends* impacting teens. You feel them as a high school student. Or, you worry about them as a parent. At a recent professional conference I attended, a speaker introduced 5 mental health trends impacting teens’ lives today. Depression, stress and anxiety diagnoses and challenges are on the rise Trauma impacts …

The PSAT is offered in schools all over the country in late October. Whether you’re a sophomore or junior, this is a practice test… and that’s good news. You don’t need to prepare for this test like you need to prepare for the “real” SAT and ACT. That said, some preparations would be smart. Below, …

Many American families are comprised of families of blood relation. Many are based on choice – blended families, adoptive families, multi-generational families, and others. Many have also suffered through divorce, loss, or separation. In all families, but particularly in families where members are living apart but working together, it is of utmost importance to a …

When frustrated by families dragging their feet to start their college search, my good friend likes to say, “Get started early. You’ll thank yourself later.” Despite the wisdom of this declaration, he makes it tongue in cheek. As a parent himself, he understands the challenges of having multiple kids attending different schools, playing different sports, …

Note: This is the third post in our Starting Your College Search series. Read Part 1: Three Ways to Help Parents and Teens Communicate and Part 2: Do A Critical Review of Your 5 Key Application Components. In this series, I previously addressed learning to communicate well about the college process, and then reviewing your …

Note: This is the second post in our Starting Your College Search series. Read Part 1: Three Ways to Help Parents and Teens Communicate and Part 3: Plan Your Standardized Testing and College Visits. A basic way to start thinking through how to prepare for college applications involves reviewing each of the main components of …

Note: This post is a companion post to Considering a Gap Year? Maybe You Should (Part 1). Twenty-two year old Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray (University of Oklahoma) will decide soon whether he’ll go pro as a football or baseball player. That’s a huge professional choice forced on him at a young age. I bet …

Note: This is the first post in our Starting Your College Search series. Read Part 2: Do A Critical Review of Your 5 Key Application Components and Part 3: Plan Your Standardized Testing and College Visits. In my years as a school counselor, I witnessed a lot of problems that could have been avoided through …

Each year, January brings a new set of weight loss, home organization, and fitness goals for most Americans. However, if you are a junior in high school, no goal is more important than planning a path to your future! Parents, you are likely focused on this goal of your child’s as well. January represents a …

In this season of reflection, holiday, and rest, sometimes families with high school students in their ranks find it hard to strike the right balance of wanting to talk about what lies ahead (college!) and wanting to give space to each other and take a break from the busy pace of high school. From my …