Author Archive: Marie Schwartz

Marie is the Founder & President of TeenLife Media, a company she started in 2007 when she and other parents she knew could not find useful resources for families with teens (not little kids). She is a HUGE believer in encouraging students to engage in the world around them.

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How Can You Benefit from Volunteering

How Can You Benefit from Volunteering

| April 12, 2013 | 1,316 Comments

At TeenLife, we know that community service is a buzz topic for parents and students. As you know, most middle and high school students are required to complete 40 or more hours of service work before graduation. But more importantly, we also know that community service has the potential to be life changing in more ways than […]

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3 Ways to Get a Cheaper College Degree

3 Ways to Get a Cheaper College Degree

| April 5, 2013 | 1,222 Comments

I attended a breakfast this week sponsored by our local CBS radio station about innovative ways of financing a college education. Here are three ideas: Online Courses While the “coming of age” experience can’t be replaced by online courses, you can be sure that most students in college today and in the future will be […]

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How Parents Engage with Teens and Social Media [STUDY]

How Parents Engage with Teens and Social Media [STUDY]

| December 10, 2012 | 1,564 Comments

Released this week are results of a study done by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project. The study was conducted in consort with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. By reading the study’s results or seeing a video that shares the data and findings, you can learn more […]

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Encourage Organization for the College Admissions Process

Encourage Organization for the College Admissions Process

| November 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

If you are parent to a high school senior, your child will likely be working with the school counselor on college applications to a greater or lesser degree. Given that many high schools are stretched very thinly, you can help your teen to prepare for meetings with the counselor, in order to make the best […]

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Life Skills Every Teen Should Have

Life Skills Every Teen Should Have

| November 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

You may know—I’m sure you do—that your child is neither “entitled” nor “dependent” in a one percent way or 47% way. But the question I began to mull in response to the political winds is one parents of teens should pose to themselves: what can we do to ensure our children are prepared to leave […]

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Halloween: Talk to Your Teens About Their Costumes

Halloween: Talk to Your Teens About Their Costumes

| October 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

This isn’t the first year that the media has buzzed about the inappropriateness of teenage girls—and even younger—opting for “slutty” Halloween costumes. In fact, every year about this time, the topic surfaces. Certainly, adolescence is a moment in a person’s life to try many new things on. Experimentation and exploration are important for our children […]

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