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Sarah Prager
Sarah is a writer and mom who lives in Massachusetts. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, National…
10 great party favors teenage girls will actually think are cool
Celebrate your teen with cool party favors their guests will love
Three teenage girls in matching pajamas

Shopping with a teenage girl can be a huge headache, but what happens when it's time to buy a birthday present? Parents dread the process and remember fondly the times buying gifts for their daughter was actually fun.

When it comes to buying gifts for teenage girls, the process can be grueling. Picking out party favors for teen girls as a group is just as difficult. Yes, teens, in general, are notoriously hard to buy for. As kids get older, tastes change dramatically and quickly. Today’s social media-crazed world is constantly on the move. What’s trending on Monday is dead by Friday. Since teens are joined at the hip to their smartphones, they are always up on the latest trends on whatever the hottest social media is lately. So, what is a party-planning parent to do?

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How many calories should I let my teen eat per day? The answer is complicated
How to understand your teen's calorie needs
Teenage boy taking food from fridge

From the time a child is born and through the elementary years, a lot of focus is put on their nutritional health and ensuring they are growing, gaining weight, and hitting their physical milestones for their age. But, as kids get older and become teens, their nutritional needs change from when they were younger. Teens can go through a variety of different phases where they never seem interested in eating at all, or they can't seem to eat enough, leaving many parents to wonder how many calories should a teenager eat in a day.

Just like every young child is different, so too are teens, which means their caloric needs are also different. This also means there's no one answer as to how many calories a teen should eat in a day. Diet culture and disordered eating are also things parents need to be aware of when discussing a teen's diet, especially if obesity or weight is an issue. Helping teens focus on healthy eating habits is the key to ensuring they are eating enough calories a day, as well as maintaining a healthy weight, and ensuring they are developing a good relationship with food.

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How you should discipline a teen for vaping
Here are some tips for dealing with vaping teenagers
Teen vaping outside

Ah, adolescence. That time of awkward growth, confusing feelings, and unstoppable urges to try new things. It's also the time when many are influenced by peer pressure to try things that aren't good for them, like vaping. Unfortunately, teens as young as 13 are trying vaping at least once, while some tweens are already into vaping. If you've discovered your teen is vaping and you're not sure what to do, it's easy to worry and immediately think of ways to punish your child, even though it's hard to know what an appropriate punishment for vaping is.

Teen vaping has spiraled out of control with middle and high schools dealing with vaping issues in restrooms and elsewhere on school grounds. As parents, we need to be concerned about teen vaping because of the chemicals it exposes kids to, as well as the likelihood of nicotine addiction. Then, there's the rise in lung injury related to an illness associated with vaping. It's important teens understand the risks of vaping, which is where finding an appropriate punishment comes in.

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