Safety Tips for Home-Alone Teens

Teenage girl at home alone after school.

You’ve decided your teen is mature enough to stay home alone after school. But you still worry about what could go wrong.

It’s widely accepted that teens 13 and up are able to stay home alone after school.

“Being trusted to stay home alone can be a positive experience for a child who is mature and well prepared,” according to the Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.


Grandparents: Your Role is Changing

grandfather teaching his granddaughter how to play guitar

You want to be the best grandparent you can be. But what may have earned you the title Grandparent of the Year 20 years ago is different from what’s expected of you today.

Across the country, 2.7 million grandparents are stepping in for parents—a seven percent increase since 2009.

In Virginia, about 70,000 children are being raised by their grandparents, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation.


How to Be a Good Sports Parent

mother and daughter at soccer game

Sports have become an important part of many kids' lives, which means it has become an important part of their parents’ lives as well.

We all want our kids to be successful at whatever they do, but sometimes we worry that we are not doing enough, or doing it right for that matter. It can be stressful. But, it doesn’t have to be.


Could Vaping Lead to Smoking for Teens?

teen about to try an e-cigarette

Has your teen talked about trying e-cigarettes or sampled some of the flavored versions being heavily marketed to teens?  

If so, you have company. The popularity of e-cigarettes has soared in the past few years and many of those “vaping” are teenagers.

Sales of e-cigarettes are said to be $6 billion worldwide and chances are there is a vape shop – or two – in your own town. Vaping is also estimated to be growing by a whopping 42 percent a year.


Calm Your Child's First Day Doubts

getting on school bus first day of school

When I was in school, the first day back was always stressful. I didn’t even know that it was called “stress” at that time, but when I think back about the sleepless nights I always had prior to the first day, I am glad those days are behind me.

Anxious feelings are normal—even expected—during times of transition.

But actually those anxious feelings are completely normal and even expected during a time of transition.


Choosing and Using School Backpacks

kids jumping up in the air with full backpacks

Groups of kids at bus stops and walking to school are a familiar sight this time of year. A closer look at some will show the origins of back pain—overfilled backpacks draped on one shoulder hanging loosely away from the waist.

When used correctly, backpacks can be a good way to use strong back muscles to carry school supplies. But used incorrectly, they can injure muscles and joints, leading to posture problems and back, neck and shoulder pain.



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