The world has changed a lot since most of us were teens and even more from the days when our parents were growing up. Not surprisingly, these changes have also transformed the experience of living through the adolescent years. Just as the Chinese symbol for change is composed of two characters, danger and opportunity, most types of change tend to be double-edged. They bring with them the potential for great promise as well as the possibility for challenge.
Below are some of the ways that being an adolescent today is different from the not too distant past:
Adolescence is getting longer. Adolescence has expanded well beyond the traditional “teen” years of 13-19. They now begin well before age 13 and often […]
When I was growing up it was common for boys like myself to seek out and share sexually-themed pictures. It usually took some effort to find them. The easiest sources were National Geographic and the undergarment section of the Sears and JC Penny catalogs. Occasionally, we’d find an old Playboy or P...
The Fourth of July has already come and gone this summer, but American politics will remain a hot topic of conversation in many homes across the nation. Although teenagers may not be of voting age just yet, they are showing increased motivation to join the debate this election season. This week's ar...
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