Category: Teen Life

Tons of Cool Ways and Tricks to Beat the Summer Heat

Whether you live in an area with dry heat or one with “the three h’s” — hazy, hot, and humid — what you really, really want is to be cool. Excessive summer heat can become uncomfortable. It also is easy to become overheated in the summer, and that can be dangerous. It’s important to stay cool, and to know how to cool down fast when needed. Here are five tips to help you beat the summer heat.

Cool House

The same steps that keep warm air inside in the winter keep hot air outside in the summer. Have your duct pipes cleaned and your air conditioner serviced in the spring. Seal all the places where pipes, lighting fixtures, and wires pass from the main part of the house to the attic and from the outside of the house to the inside. Make sure that your attic has the proper amount of insulation for your area. Seal doors and windows with weather-stripping, and close blinds, shades, or drapes during the day. Hanging insulated drapes also keeps out the heat.

Install a whole house fan, preferably in a window for a central hallway in a two story home or an attic window in a story and a half home. After keeping the house closed up during the day, if your neighborhood is safe enough, open the doors and windows at night and turn on the fan to draw the hot air out of the house and draw the cooler night air inside. If the night air is still hot, hanging damp towels in front of your open windows will cool it. Draping a damp towel over a floor or window fan also works.

Cool Fan Tricks

Use fans along with your air conditioner, and you won’t feel the need to run the air conditioner as much. Your body cools itself as perspiration evaporates from your skin. Fans move air across your skin, helping more perspiration to evaporate faster. A desk fan will work, too, and you can freeze water in plastic water or soft drink bottles and sit them in front of a desk or floor fan to create a cooler breeze. Run ceiling fans counterclockwise in the summer.

Cool Clothes

Looser fitting clothes and natural, breathable fabrics such as cotton and linen allow air to flow closer to you skin. Loosely tailored styles work perfectly for office wear. Natural fabrics and those synthetic ones that wick away moisture help your body stay cool, even on muggy days when there is so much humidity that perspiration doesn’t readily evaporate.

Men may think it’s best to go without an undershirt on a hot, muggy day, but undershirts like UnderFit undershirts are made of a soft, slightly stretchy synthetic fabric that not only wicks away moisture but also resists odor.

Cool Nights

You need your sleep, but a hot summer night can make getting any sleep almost impossible. Try cooling your mattress by freezing rice in socks and placing the socks or soft gel ice packs under your sheets where they will be under your neck, lower back, or legs. You can also place your pillow cases and sheets in plastic bags and place them in the freezer a few hours before you plan to go to bed. Make your bed right before your bedtime.

Cool You

You can feel cooler in the summer by acclimating yourself to the heat. Put on your sunscreen and spend 100 minutes outdoors for four to 10 days in a row. Your body also responds to aerobic training in a way that is similar to acclimation. Both lower your resting core temperature so that it takes longer for your body to reach dangerous internal temperatures when exposed to extreme heat in the summer.

If you are outside and you need to cool down, look for a grassy area, especially one that is in the shade. Plants draw moisture in through their roots and release it through their leaves, creating the same evaporative cooling effect that your body uses.

If you feel you have become overheated, rest for a minimum of 15 minutes. Even after you’re sitting in the shade, your core body temperature will continue to rise before it begins to go back down. It will also take some time for your internal temperature to decrease.

If you need to cool down fast, put a cold compress, such as a towel that has been wrapped around some ice cubes or run under cold water and wrung out, on top of your head or on your pulse points — the back of your neck, your wrists or ankles, or the backs of your knees or the insides of your elbows. Because your forearms have such a large surface area of exposed skin, you can also plunge your forearms into ice water up to your elbows.

If you have lost electrolytes, try orange juice or milk if you prefer those to sports drinks.

Summer is supposed to be a time for outdoor fun. Here’s hoping that these heat-beating tips make eveng those excessively hot days more enjoyable.

What are “Not A Drop” Laws and Why Should Teens Care?

You probably know that drunk driving is illegal and has very serious consequences, including fines, license suspension and even jail time. What many teens may not know is that drunk driving laws and penalties are different for those under the age of 21. These are commonly called “Not a Drop” laws, and they are important to understand.

How Not a Drop is Different

Regular drunk driving laws would allow the average adult to consume some alcohol before being considered legally intoxicated. This level is usually set at .08 percent blood alcohol, typically measured by breathalyzer and less frequently by an actual blood test. So long as an adult has not drunk enough to raise their blood alcohol beyond that point, then they are considered safe to drive.

Under Not a Drop laws, any level of intoxication is considered illegal. This means that a person under 21 cannot consume any amount of alcohol or have any amount of detectable blood alcohol.

Legal Penalty for Violation


A teen found in violation of Not a Drop may face several consequences. If they are a first-time offender, then their license will be suspended for 30 days and the will have to pay $20 to get it reinstated. If they are caught a second time, then their license will be suspended for 180 days and they will have to pay another $20 reinstatement fee. Further violations will probably result in the revocation of the license for a prolonged period of time and a much more complicated procedure for getting it back. The exact consequences for violation may vary by state or jurisdiction.

Other Consequences

Beyond the law, the consequences for driving intoxicated are real and serious. Accidents involving drunk drivers kill about 28 people every day according to attorney Dave Abels. A young person is likely to be more sensitive to the effects of alcohol and may be impaired at much lower levels of blood alcohol concentration compared to an adult.

It is also important to note that teen drivers are subject to regular DUI laws in addition to the Not a Drop rules. If a teen driver is found with a blood alcohol concentration over .08 percent, they will face serious consequences similar to and perhaps greater than those faced by an adult. This could include arrest, jail time and loss of a driver’s license for years and the requirement to attend drug and alcohol counseling before the license is restored.

Drunk driving is a serious offense for anyone, but it is especially serious for teens. In areas that have zero-tolerance Not a Drop Laws, it is important that underage drivers never consume any alcohol. The consequences to your future, health and ability to drive are never worth it.

Writing a Resume in 2017

Writing a resume is a critical life skill. Even if you don’t quite fit the job requirements, a good resume can get you hired, while a poor resume won’t get you more than a first glance. As the business world evolves, so do standards of resume writing. Below are a few key tips for writing resumes in 2017.

Know What You Want

There’s no such thing as a universal resume. When you apply to a new position, think about the experiences in your arsenal which make you a good candidate for the position. Every resume you submit should be slightly different and tailored for the specific job in question. If you want to be a nurse, for example, you’re not going to use the same resume you used to apply for a job at a video game store.

Get Rid of Dead Weight

A general rule of thumb for resumes is that shorter is better — 1 page is the general rule. This is only true, though, if you can still include the relevant information in that amount of space. Don’t skimp on things like job history just so you can get all of the ‘classic’ resume elements on one page. Look at sites like Twitter for inspiration when it comes to engagement — keep things short, sweet and punchy.

Make Sure You Highlight What is Relevant Today

Listing job history is important, but employers are becoming less interested in what you’ve done in the past and more interested in what you can bring to the table today. Omit any job references that are irrelevant to the position you are applying for and replace them with relevant skills learned during your education. The skills section has become incredibly important in a changing economy, so it would be advantageous to place that section at the top of your resume.

Know Who’s Looking

When past generations put together a resume, they were putting together something that a human being in a hiring position was required to read all the way through. When you put together a resume, though, the odds are that you’re constructing a document for a program to scan through before a human being will get anywhere near your resume. As such, it’s important to examine hiring advertisement for key terms and to use them in your own document. If there are specific terms about skills, abilities, or requirements, make sure to use that same language in your resume. It may help the program that sorts the documents to flag yours for human review.

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Enhance Your Brand

Your brand is one of the most important assets your can bring to your potential employers (if relevant). Make sure that you add links to your website and (appropriate) social media handles for certain jobs. Omit these in fields that tend to trend older, of course, but make sure that you emphasize your ability manage your own brand. Instead of an objective section, add in the aforementioned links along with a connection to your LinkedIn page.

Make Your Resume Visually Engaging

“Visually engaging” does not mean that your resume should include a photo of yourself. In fact, some HR departments have a policy to immediately reject resumes with attached images in order to avoid the risk of being accused of discrimination. Instead, make your resume visually appealing with bold headers, crisp organization, and a skimmable layout.


The tips above can help you to craft unique resumes that will get your foot in the door at the job of your choice. Remember, you are going to be submitting just one of many documents that your potential employer will read, including the cover letter. If you can follow the basic rules, you should be able to make it past the first cut. What you do past that point will be up to your experience and your interview skills.

How Teen Drivers Affect Your Insurance Rates

You want to be a good parent and do everything right by your child, and while all parents strive to do just that, it can sometimes feel impossible. One thing a lot of parents want to do for their children is add them to their car insurance policy once they become a driver. Nothing wrong with that except that this can cause those premiums to nearly double in a lot of cases. But how do you know if your rates will really be affected? Here is what to keep in mind when making changes to your policy.

Why Teens?

Teen drivers are among the most dangerous on the road. They are inexperienced and are still learning how to grow up in general. It is hard for insurance companies to justify covering them at all if they do not charge very high rates. This is why even parents with excellent driving records can see a big increase in their premiums by adding a teenager to their policy.

What is it Based On?

The rates you can expect to see your premiums increase by vary based on the part of the country you live in, but according to NBC News the average across the states is about 80%.

The younger the driver that one adds to their policy, the more they can expect to have to pay on their premiums. Sixteen-year-old drivers add around 90% on average to premiums paid. Nineteen-year-olds by contrast add about 60% to the policy premiums. That is still a big increase, but below the average for all teen drivers. The insurance companies see the data and understand that the older the driver is, the less likely they are to have an accident on the road.

Other Increases

In the event that something terrible does happen out on the road involving a teen driver, you might want to get an attorney right away. Insurance rates will be the last thing you are worried about if your teenager is involved in an auto accident but they can help with the damage that might be done to your policy afterward in some cases.

It is difficult to express how important it is to have all drivers on the road insured. It is against the law to not be insured when you are driving, so you should consider this when looking at those such higher premiums. If you are able to convince your teenager to hold off for a while on driving then you will come out better money-wise.

5 Ways to Improve Your Self-Confidence as a Young Adult

Self-confidence is an attribute that should come naturally, but for many people, it does not. In fact, the inability to trust your own judgment bears no rewards – only anxiety. There are some normal levels of stress that can feel like anxiety, but those effects tend to dissipate as stress levels decrease. More and more youth today suffer from excessive worrying, which turns into self-doubt. But there are alternatives to counteract low self-esteem. Listed below are FIVE ways that could improve self-confidence:

Love Yourself

Learn to love yourself first and foremost. Loving yourself means not needing validation from anyone else. Accept your imperfections; know that you are uniquely designed and purposely different from everyone else. Become comfortable in your own skin by realizing your worth.


Every day you wake up, before you do anything else, remind yourself of how great you are! Glorify your strengths and challenge your weaknesses with an open, judgment-free mindset. Compliment yourself – acknowledge your beauty. Don’t be afraid of the unknown.


Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to accept our own flaws. It’s easier to forgive someone else for their shortcomings, but to forgive oneself is virtually impossible. Self-forgiveness is about realizing that things happen (good or bad) and we make life decisions; nevertheless, life goes on. Learn from the lessons given and make different choices in the future.

Avoid Pessimism

Learn to look at life as the glass being half full instead of half empty. Be optimistic. Embrace that, bad things are inevitable and will happen because that’s life, and it’s OK. Negativity only begets negativity; therefore, do your best to think and speak positively, even when it feels like your back is against the wall. You possess the power of change; channel positive vibes, people and things into your life.

Focus on What You Can Control

Many young adults lack confidence because they’ve made a habit of worrying about things outside of their control. For example, you cannot control how a dogmatic professor will grade an opinion paper, but you can control how much research and effort you put into writing it. You cannot control the behavior of criminals in your neighborhood, but you can control how prepared you are for break-ins, which drastically increases your confidence. Carefully delineating your personal sphere of influence can help you develop a confident attitude, because you’ll be satisfied with the best you can do, and blissfully dispassionate towards the opinions of others.


No one is perfect. We all suffer from our own personal defects, but that’s what separates one person from another. If we were all alike, the world would lack personality and culture. It would be a very uninteresting place – don’t you think? Adore the skin you’re in. Accept your accomplishments and learn from your defeat. Find confidence in knowing that every single detail about you, was specifically designed with only one person in mind- therefore, you’re perfect just the way you are!


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4 Tips for Staying Out of Trouble in High School

Congratulations! You’ve finally made it to the next level of your scholastic journey, or you’re already well on your way. But, how do you survive it with the least amount of drama? This may be a concern floating around in your head while you’ve better things to be concerned about. Why don’t we free up some bio-gigabytes and make your life a little easier in the process? That way you can get back to socializing and doing your homework.

You’re going to do your homework, right?

Here are four quick tips to help you along your way to avoiding drama and the consequences disrupting your chill regular flow.


Knowing who you are and what you’re about will help you avoid peer pressure and develop character. Stay away from the negative crowd and influences. You know what you struggle with the most, so make sure you set boundaries for yourself to prevent those from becoming a problem.


Sounds like an easy decision, doesn’t it? It is! While you may object to certain rules, they really do have purpose. Remember the rules are in place to create order and for our protection. Without those, what do we have? That’s right! Drama! Following the rules will make your life so much easier.


While it’s fun to socialize with your friends, it’s best to remember you’re here for a purpose. Most people find it’s not the destination, but the journey they enjoy most. Self-satisfaction comes from accomplishment, and you have the power to start designing your life right now. Learn how to set goals and to save money to accomplish those goals if you need it. Plus, if you’re working towards a goal, you’re too busy to get sucked into the drama. Bonus! Figure out what you want and go for it!


Life is a series of decisions, but a decision is not an act. You’ve the ability to take time to think things through before you act. If it doesn’t seem like a good idea, it probably isn’t. Avoid acting on impulsive decisions! Doing crazy things with your friends might be fun, but be careful about what you choose to do. A fun night can easily get out of hand and lead to charges of disorderly conduct. No one wants to deal with legal troubles, so think twice about that crazy things people say to do.


You’re not alone in this. Utilize your support team of friends, family and school staff if you feel overwhelmed or in trouble. Remember, stay focused, positive and a little respect goes a long way. The journey through high school makes memories for life. Make yourself some good memories, avoid trouble!

How to Deal With High School Bullies

Dealing with high school bullies can be a big issue for teens and there are ways it can be dealt with effectively with positive results, which can put an end to bullying whether the confrontations are physical, verbal, social or internet related.

High school students who become the targets of bullies need to be equipped with the best possible strategies to stop bullying in its tracks. There are essentials in handling bullying, which include:

Basic Actions

If bullying is continuous and a teenager is dealing with it in a number of areas, including social media, school authorities and parents need to be notified immediately. In addition, records and documentation of bullying occurrences need to be maintained. Both these basic actions should be of help in constraining bullying.

Physical Confrontations

Physical bullying is obviously dangerous and teens need to have ways to deal with it without getting physically involved themselves. If a teenager is being tripped, hit, shoved, punched, kicked or worse, he or she needs to do everything possible to make it difficult for the bully to make direct bodily contact. Separating or extricating oneself from a confrontation is the best way to deal with physical bullying. The behavior must be immediately reported to a school administrator or security official. No one wants to be accused of assault, and a bully can turn the tables on their target and accuse that person of the same actions, so documentation of what actually occurred needs to be reported and recorded.

Verbal Confrontations

Verbal bullying usually involves comments that are degrading, shaming, isolating and hurtful. Bullying remarks can be challenged with assertive replies by the teen being harassed and through complaints to school authorities and parents. If a teenager is reluctant to report this kind of bullying to a teacher or principal in charge of discipline, he or she should speak with a parent, and the parent should contact the school for further action.

Social Confrontations

Social bullying usually involves teen relationships and the harm that can be inflicted through spreading rumors, destroying reputations, lying, excluding others and turning a person’s friends against them. This kind of bullying can be curtailed when instances of it are brought out in the open and the truth is exposed. Intervention can come through a school counselors, parents or the teens themselves. With open communication and set intervention guidelines, those doing the bullying lose their influence and power.


Cyber-bullying through social media sites usually involves taunting or threatening a teen through e-mails, messaging or chats. The best way to avoid this type of bullying is to make online teen accounts private so others are unable to view a profile or postings to a profile. If bullying does occur, a teenager can print off a chat log or e-mail that indicates the interactions and submit it to a parent or school official. Schools are more likely to handle these issues even if the bullying occurred outside of the school grounds, particularly if it involves students enrolled in the high school.

Bullying is a concern at almost every school level, and it can be dealt with in a number of ways. High schools and other schools with zero tolerance bullying policies can immediately curtail bullying, and if there happens to be no discipline procedures for bullying, administrators, counselors, teachers and parents can establish intervention strategies on behalf of students. Students themselves should not have to be afraid to report bullying without recrimination. Bullying can be prevented with the right strategies and willingness of students to expose it.

Six Study Tips to Ace Your Next ACT

If you are planning on taking the ACT (American College Testing) for your college entrance, you’ll want to be ready ahead of time rather than going into the testing blind. Knowing the sections of the test and what is expected is important for college admission, and having a jump start is always a good idea when going from high school to college. Taking the ACT is one way to prepare for the changes that occur with higher education.

This test is divided into four mandatory sections with multiple choice questions, which include English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science tests. Also included is an optional Writing section for a total of five different sections. With these test subdivisions, it is fairly easy to structure study sessions that incorporate each area, as breakdowns for each test are given through study tips for acing the ACT. Here are six that should help.

Start Sooner than Later

Test preparation takes time and a three to six month period for study should be sufficient for most students. In order to ace the test, a full six months should probably be considered to understand the intricacies of the test as well as study for the individual sections. Learning to navigate the test(s) in general is an accomplishment in itself.

Practice Questions

To orient yourself to the kinds of questions asked on the ACT, you’ll want to actually access the practice questions and familiarize yourself with the structure, format, question types, question difficulty, and time limits involved with each test section. There are practice questions as well as preparation guides for the overall test that can be of significant help in preparing for the exam.

Understand the Structure

One of the most important aspects of the ACT is understanding how the test is structured and how to maneuver through it. As in the previous tip, you’ll want to examine how the test questions are configured in order to pinpoint the right multiple choice answers. There are, again, explanations through online guides and prep materials for this process. For example, the ACT English questions appear to be formatted in a confusing manner, and finding the immediate answer can present problems, so the fastest way to complete the answers is to skim through the reading passage to understand the content and context of the passage. From there, go back through any underlined sentences that will help determine final answers.

Eliminate the Obvious

Another effective tip with the ACT is eliminating the obviously wrong answers within any of the test divisions. You always want to look for answers that are blatantly wrong and quickly discard them. To find the correct answer, you want to be very precise about what makes the answer the right one. For example, if you are looking at questions in the English and Reading sections, you want to find evidence that supports an answer selection. The key is if you don’t find the evidence, eliminate the answer choice.

Monitor Time

This aspect of the test is critical, as certain time limits are placed on each test section. Pacing your time is important as you don’t want to linger over one question while there are easier ones to answer. Spending too much time on any question can harm your score. If you are completely puzzled or stymied over one question, move on. Answering easier questions should always take priority. If there is enough time left, go back to the tricky ones. Again, going through ACT practice questions will help you to learn how to pace yourself for each test section.

Know the Content

Within each of the test areas, there will obviously be questions that are less difficult because of the content being familiar and more easily understood. Any subject area that presents problems should be examined for weaknesses. For example, within the Math section, it would be wise to know formulas that relate to algebra and geometry as well as conversions for basic math problems that involve percentages, fractional parts, decimals, etc. The same is true of the English section that requires reading comprehension ability, grammar, and punctuation expertise. Say you’re college plans are focused on getting a degree in business management, which would mean you should probably concentrate on problem solving, critical thinking and number crunching. These general areas will likely appear in some form or fashion in the corresponding test sections.

Taking the ACT involves advanced planning and preparation, particularly if you want to ace the test and present impressive scores to a prestigious college or university, or apply for a scholarship or other higher education financing. Test anxiety and apprehension can be alleviated when the right information and tips are incorporated in an overall strategy to tackle and ace a test like the ACT.

Social Media Pitfalls and Problems They Create

In today’s world, social media is a way of life. Whether it’s Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, or another platform, social media can be used for many wonderful things. Keeping in touch with family and friends, spreading the word about lost pets, or talking with others about life’s struggles all make social media an integral part of our lives. However, it can also have numerous pitfalls, causing problems along the way. To learn how to avoid falling into a social media trap, here are some common pitfalls and the problems that come with them.

Photos Containing Alcohol or Drugs

If you want to get in trouble at work, church, or with any other group where a positive image is a must, post a picture of yourself drinking alcohol or taking drugs. This is especially true with teenagers as these pictures can sometimes paint a picture of irresponsibility and recklessness, and even lead to you losing a job, scholarship, access to your parents’ car and have negative consequences at school or any leadership position.

Sexual Conversation or Photos

Needless to say, sexually explicit photos or conversations can also present numerous problems. If these are found posted to your site, teachers, administrators, and coaches will assume you have very poor judgement, and in all likelihood suspend you, bench you or even turn you over to the police. Be careful what you post as once it goes viral, you will never be able to get it back..

Revealing a Secret

If you think you can reveal a secret on social media and have few people know about it, think again. For example, if you’ve got a criminal record you’d like to keep hidden, or got fired from a previous job, posting that on social media will essentially let the whole world in on your secret. If you’ve got an employer preparing to do a background check on you, chances are you’ll be looking elsewhere for a job.

Posting During Work or School

In many schools and workplaces, policies are in place prohibiting posting to social media during class or while on the job. In one instance, a city clerk in California lost her job when she was caught posting while she was taking minutes from a meeting, so take these policies seriously.

Putting Yourself at Risk

Whether it’s your high school buddy or some adult you think you know, make sure you know exactly who you’re talking to on social media. If you meet someone online and want to meet face-to-face, let others know when and where you’ll be, and also be careful not to reveal important information like your address or phone number.

By recognizing these pitfalls and the problems they can create, you’ll find yourself not only safer, but also being able to do well in school, hold a job and network with others in a healthy manner.


Top 5 Things to Get Your Mind Off Your Breakup

Have you recently had a breakup? Separating from a loved one can be a very difficult time in your life. You may feel angry, sad, in denial, sick to your stomach or heartbroken. But don’t despair, there are many ways to start feeling better. Here are the top five things you can do to help you grieve and get your breakup off of your mind.

Cut Off Contact

Calling or checking up on their Facebook to see what they’re doing is only going to make things worse. Instead, cut off contact completely so you don’t hang on to a useless hope of getting back together. This will help improve your mental health immediately by decreasing anxiety.

Pamper Yourself

Instead of fuming or crying, get out and pamper yourself. Do something nice for your body and mind, like getting a pedicure or going to a yoga class followed by a massage. You deserve it, especially while you are feeling down!

Divert Your Mind

Whatever you do, don’t sit at home and do nothing. This will leave a window of opportunity for your mind to overthink. Instead, pick up a new hobby or do something you’ve always wanted to do. Learn to crochet, dance, ski, or surf. Pick up a good book at the bookstore. Play a sport with friends. Diverting your mind will keep it so busy that you won’t have time to wallow in sadness.


Exercising is a great way to keep your mind off of your breakup. It helps your body release negative energy and decreases cortisol levels in your body. Cortisol is a stress hormone that builds up in your body and can make you feel anxious or depressed. It can also help your body release endorphins, which will help boost your mood and self-esteem. Go for a run, swim, hike (bring a top quality hiking stick), or walk. Just get up and get moving!

Try Essential Oils

Going through a breakup can cause you to feel sad, hopeless, and anxious. You might even have a hard time sleeping or lose the will to eat. To get your body and mind to relax, try out some essential oils. You can use a diffuser or even put some drops in a warm bath. Frankincense essential oil is known to balance your mood and promote feelings of peace. Eucalyptus oil can give your body an overall sense of relaxation and ease your emotions. Chamomile oil releases feelings of stress from the body. Give it a try today!