Teen Internships OPEN!

We are always looking for qualified, inspired and intelligent teens. See our positions for:

-Teen Trendsetters

-Teen Advisors

-Teen Writers

RadicalParenting.com will be offering a few internships for teens! We take applications year-round. We are looking for motivated, interested and fun teen interns. We have two internships that we are currently offering: Teen Writers and Teen Marketers/Trendfinders.

Why Our Internships Rock

**We are an extremely forward thinking company started by Vanessa when she was 17 and run by many young people. We love giving teens a voice and responsibility because we think they have the best ideas.

**Our interns from last summer got amazing writing practice and marketing experience interning for us. We teach real lessons on marketing in a digital environment and offer great experience working in a digital office, which is the future of employment.

**Teen unemployment has reached an all time high of 31%, we are hoping to give teens something else to work on and learn from this summer, as jobs have become very hard to come by.

**Resume Building: We know that getting into University is becoming more and more competitive, we want to give your teen interns an extremely unique boost to their resume with this experience.

**Future recommendations: Vanessa often writes recommendations for teen interns for other jobs, college applications and programs.

**Chance to be published: For writers this is a way to practice getting your name and ideas out there. We have many publishers, authors and editors who read and scout for teens at our blog.

**Chance to network: Because we have so many corporate scouters and marketers who read our blog, we often get requests for our teen writers to get paid to write for other publications, do focus groups and even paid to blog themselves. We LOVE LOVE LOVE giving these opportunities to our interns so they can network and get paid.

#1 Teen Writer

Teen Writer Qualifications:

-Must be ages 13-18

**We have partnered to bring college internships for our 19-25 year-olds!

-Can be in High School or College

-Must be willing to work virtually for at least 2 hours per week

-Must be responsible and willing to learn

-We would love someone with a lot of energy, who is forward thinking and wants to express their opinions to help others.

-Must have strong writing skills and have a passion for writing articles about teen life.

Teen Writer Internship Description:

-Teen writers will write at least 2 articles per month 300-700 words on topics of their choice as well as topics assigned by Vanessa. This is a creative process and topics are usually discussed before writing with some guidelines.

-Writers will learn how to write engaging articles for blog audiences and the differences between online and offline articles.

-Writers will also do at least 2 hours of work per week working on extensions of their articles through comments and in our teen discussion forums. These hours can be done at any time as long as writing and task deadlines are met…we want you to have a fun summer and be able to do lots of other activities!

-Writers will be given access to our teen writer private social network where they will learn about experience marketing articles, cold emailing and how to participate in group writing activities.

-Our teen writers work in our virtual office with google documents, ning and email. They will be given their own email address and have opportunities for creative input on the website as a whole.

-Stand-out writers may have the opportunity to join the Teen Advisory Council after their term and/or be invited to stay on for a school-year internship with less hours.

-Often times teen writers will get proposals from magazines and editors to be paid to write other articles.

#2 Teen Marketer/Trendfinder

Teen Marketing Internship Qualifications:

-Must be ages 13-18

-Can be in High School or College

-Must be willing to work virtually for at least 2 hours per week

-Must be responsible and willing to learn

-We would love someone with a lot of energy, who is forward thinking and wants to express their opinions to help others.

-Must have a strong interest in marketing, public relations, advertising, social networking or publishing.

-Part of this job also entails teen trendsetting. We love applicants who have an interest in current teen trends in fashion, music, movies and entertainment.

Teen Marketing Internship Description:

-Our teen marketers work in our virtual office with google documents, Ning and email. They will be given their own email address and have opportunities for creative input on the website as a whole.

-Marketers will be given access to our teen trendsetter private social network where they will learn about experience marketing articles, cold emailing and writing press releases, contacting producers and networking with other bloggers.

-Marketers will do at least 2 hours of work per week learning new online marketing skills and performing tasks online to build their knowledge of Web 2.0 marketing. This is great experience for those wanting to go into the industry!

-Each week of our teen marketing internship is split up by topic, each week, teen marketers will learn about the skills needed for this area of the business (press releases for example) and then will spend at least 2 hours practicing these skills for Radical Parenting.com.

-Teen marketers will also explore different social networks and other web 2.0 tools to learn about this aspect of online marketing and marketing a website.

-Those interested in spotting and reporting trends will also have the opportunity to participate in our online forums.

-Stand-out trendfinders may have the opportunity to join the Teen Advisory Council after their term and/or be invited to stay on for a school-year internship with less hours.

-Often times teen marketers will get proposals from magazines and editors to be paid to participate in focus groups, find trends and test products.

How to Apply:

  • Send an email to vvanedwards@gmail.com with the subject “Internship”
  • Tell us which internship you would like to apply for.
  • Send us:

Name:

Age:

Hometown:

Why you are applying for the Teen Marketing Internship, or the Teen Writer Internship: (200-500 words)

  • If you are applying to be a teen writer, please also submit one writing sample. This can be a school essay or an article.
  • If you are applying to be a teen marketer this summer, please also submit 1 paragraph on your favorite marketing campaign this year and why. (eHarmony’s Online commercials, Nike’s superbowl commercial etc) There is no ‘right answer’ to this question, feel free to be creative with it. We want to get to know a little bit more about you and your interests.

Teen Trendsetter Program

See our Flier (or text below).

Have you ever seen a commercial, movie or product that is meant for teens, but is totally awful–and you wanted to tell someone? Here is your chance!

This group is for teens who want to express their opinions, ideas and advice about teen trends, teens and their parents and anything that youth are going through today. We have carefully selected you as a teen influencor. The group is secret for a reason, your answers will be given to thousands of parents, adults and companies around the world (anonymously of course)

Benefits for you:
-You can finally express your ideas and opinions to people who will listen and disseminate them on a large scale.
-You can put on your college application/resume that you worked as a teen influencor under Boost for Youth (we often give recommendations)
-Practice expressing and writing out your opinions
-Access to interesting trends before they come out

Teen Speakers Bureau

We have some fabulous teen speakers. If you are looking for a speaker or want to apply to be in our Bureau. Check this out!

Meet some of my current teen interns:

Laura

Age: 17

Grade: 11

Hometown: Ontario

What do you want to be when you grow-up?
Marine Biologist or Psychiatrist
What is your dream job? (If money/practicality does not matter!)
World Traveler
Do you know what you want to study in college?
Science and English
Do you know where you want to go to college?
University of British Columbia or University of Guelph
What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?
That teens do not think before we act. Everyone makes mistakes, and teens are just not yet at the full level of maturity required to make some decisions we are confronted with in our lives.
If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be?
You might think teens do not listen, but they are so distracted with other things sometimes we just do not process it the first time. Try saying it again to make sure they really understand.
What is your favorite website?
www.nylonmag.com , www.youtube.com
Least favorite thing about high school, most favorite thing about high school:
Like: Learning new things, socializing, planning my future.
Dislike: The early mornings.

Meaghan

Age: 16

Grade: 11

Hometown: Zephyrhills ,Fl

What do you want to be when you grow-up?
A teacher or journalist
What is your dream job? (If money/practicality does not matter!)
Singer
Do you know what you want to study in college?
Major in Education and Minor in jouralism
Do you know where you want to go to college?
Florida Gulf Coast University
What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?
They always think that other kids are not responseable. They think that only their child id perfect.
If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be?
Teenagers like to have fun. They like to act silly with their friends, don’t try to take that away with your strict rules. That makes life not fun for them.
What is your favorite website?
Omg.yahoo.com ( I get to catch up on all the Hollywood gossip!)
Least favorite thing about high school, most favorite thing about high school:
The rude kids, Cheerleading and my friends.

Sofia


Age
: 16

Grade: Junior

Hometown: Westlake Village

What do you want to be when you grow-up?
A psychologist, mainly centered with clinical therapy and psychoanalytic research
What is your dream job? (If money/practicality does not matter!)
Definitely to be a psychologist and to be able to support myself.
Do you know what you want to study in college?
Psychology as my main study but I’m completely open to anything new.
Do you know where you want to go to college?
Somewhere back east, maybe Pitt University or Colorado Boulder; there are others, I just haven’t decided yet!
What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?
I think that many parents always assume that teens are up to no good all of the time, that is not always the case; I can say from personal experience that my mother always thought I was up to something but I can honestly say I am the most well behaved out of all of my friends.
If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be?
Don’t judge them based on their decisions, even if they make a few bad ones, teens are just trying to figure out who they are at this point in their lives and no one in the world learns without making a few mistakes. However, if your teen does display acts of poor judgment, don’t be afraid to give them a few pointers.
What is your favorite website?
Facebook, for sure!
Least favorite thing about high school, most favorite thing about high school:
Favorite thing: The all-over “highs school experience”, the football games and dances and making friends that I will never ever forget.
Least favorite thing: All of the people that think they’re better than you and aren’t afraid to show and tell you that; also the stresses of not only keeping up with school work, but also juggling that with family issues and maintaining a social life.

Diana

Age: 17

Grade: 11th, incoming 12th grader

Hometown: To society Los Angeles, but in my heart Guanajuato

What do you want to be when you grow-up?
I want to find a career that makes me happy and that I feel is rewarding. If I could, I would be everything, except a scientist. I want to help people educate themselves and returned the assistance that I’ve gotten from many people.
What is your dream job? (If money/practicality does not matter!)
My dream job consists of educating others while educating myself. It would have to include some traveling. I wanted to be a pastry chef but then I noticed I am a klutz, so I will just take on the finance. I would be happy as long as I don’t have to include science.
Do you know what you want to study in college?
In college I want to either study mathematics, Latin American Studies, History, Literature, or anything other than science.
Do you know where you want to go to college?
For a very long time I believed that the perfect college for me was Brown University, but now that I think about it I have many more options. Some of these are Middlebury, Wellesley, MIT, and Vassar.
What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?
Parents always believe that we are doing bad deeds, whenever we aren’t in school. They always believe that we are up to no good, but they never take the time to ask.
If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be?
Parents,
You always blame us for the way we are and the way we react, but have you ever thought that we react to our surroundings? Don’t just blame us.
What is your favorite website?
My favorite website is hulu because I can see all of my favorite shows, although it has made me into an anime obsessed individual. (I always made fun of anime lovers, why me?)
Least favorite thing about high school, most favorite thing about high school:
My least favorite thing about high school my high school, there is too much drama and not enough space for it, and it is too small to hide under a rock when you know you’ve just embarrassed yourself. My favorite thing about high school is that I’ve made many friends and that I have learned a lot from my teachers and peers.


Kelly

Age: 16, going on 17

Grade: Junior

Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL

What do you want to be when you grow-up?
I would love to do anthropological research and write at the same time, documenting and learning about new cultures and new places. If I could incorporate my research into my novels (and actually sell them) it would be amazing. So really, I want to be a novelist.
What is your dream job? (If money/practicality does not matter!)
My dream job is to be a bestselling romantic novelist. I’d write about dashing heroes and beautiful heroines, but maybe with a twist in my stories. Life, love and the truth of it all is something I’m interested in.
Do you know what you want to study in college?
You don’t become a best selling writer right away…so I’m going to study anthropology and Creative writing.
Do you know where you want to go to college?
I’m actually looking at a couple of places, but my first choice is Brandeis University in Massachusetts. It’s a great school with some really amazing programs, especially in Political Science and Psychology.
What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?
That we are selfish and only think about ourselves, sex, and ourselves. We’re not. We’re people who just happen to care a little bit more about our present situations. I mean seriously. We are at the crossroads of our entire lives, so don’t jump on us if we make a bad decision here or there. It is possible that we’ll learn from them.
If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be?
Please don’t confuse this with my being disrespectful, but we are not obligated to like you. It’s a good thing to listen to your parents and its one of our responsibilities, but if you’re not pleasant about it, why should we like what you’re saying? Be kind to us, please, because surprise! “treat people how you want to be treated” applies to you as well…my parents think they are God on earth, so it’s always command before nicely asking.
What is your favorite website?
Definitely YouTube. It’s so amazing to see what people can do. And I think they have virtually every song tutorial imaginable on that website.
Least favorite thing about high school, most favorite thing about high school:
Lunch and English classes are my favorite. And I’d actually rather clean the cafeteria than go to math class.

Kelsey

Age: 17

Grade
: 12

Hometown
: Franklin, TN

What do you want to be when you grow-up?
-A writer or a high school English teacher (or both)
What is your dream job? (If money/practicality does not matter!)
-A travel writer
Do you know what you want to study in college?
-English and/or Creative Writing
Do you know where you want to go to college?
-Brigham Young University
What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?
-I think a lot of parents mistakenly believe that their teens aren’t trying, that they don’t care. But really, most of us actually work very hard to make our parents proud.
If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be?
-I would tell them to just remember when they were our age, and how crazy life was for them at that stage, and try to keep that in mind when they are dealing with us.
What is your favorite website?
-Right now I love Polyvore.com. You can really express yourself there and create some cool art, or just look at what other people have put together.
Least favorite thing about high school, most favorite thing about high school:
-I hate the way we all separate ourselves into cliques and how it’s so difficult to get rid of those labels. But I absolutely love the freedom and the excitement of high school, the way we can be ourselves and we’ll always find someone who’s accepting of that.

Christina

Age: 13

Grade: Going into 9th grade

Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, MI

What do you want to be when you grow-up?
I would love to be a photographer or artist.
What is your dream job? (If money/practicality does not matter!)
A photographer! I love to take pictures…
Do you know what you want to study in college?
I want to study law or performing arts.
Do you know where you want to go to college?
I’m not sure yet…
What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?
I think parents think all teens are the same…obsessed with sex and thigns like that…but they’re not!
If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be?
That they’re just like you, just 20 years ago!
What is your favorite website?
I love youtube…it’s the best.

Alexis

Age: 16

Grade: 11

Hometown: Armonk, NY

What do you want to be when you grow-up?
An actress
What is your dream job? (If money/practicality does not matter!)
Being an actress :)
Do you know what you want to study in college?
I want to double major in Drama and English
Do you know where you want to go to college?
Barnard College of Columbia University is my top choice
What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?
That we don’t care. We do, we really do, we just don’t know how to show it all the time.
If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be?
We want to talk to our parents as much as you want to talk to us, it’s just sometimes easier to go to our friends.
What is your favorite website?
I think Facebook. I know, how stereotypical of me!
Least favorite thing about high school, most favorite thing about high school:
Least Favorite: The stress! Especially during Junior Year
Favorite: Making friends with people of all different ages and theatre

Nate

Age: 16

City: Los Angeles, CA

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Food: Chinese

Favorite Place to travel: between the Negev and the Golan (both places in Israel)

Least favorite thing about High School: Homework and Tests.

Most Favorite Thing About High School: All of the technology classes, Tech theater, and my friends.

He also has an awesome blog called Nate Rocks!

Juliette

Juliette is a 15-year-old high school student in North Carolina. She is interested in pursuing a career in writing and in her free time enjoys volleyball, juggling, and photography.

-My name: Juliette
-My Grade: 11
-Home State: North Carolina
-Favorite movie: The Illusionist
-Favorite website: Wikipedia

-Favorite topic to write about: Topics that I have personal experience with or effect my life

Biggest misconception about teens: That we are constantly trying to find ways to go behind our parents back and generally deceive them.

-What you wish all parents knew: Your teen’s behavior is highly guided by your own actions and this can be having either a good or bad effect.

I am in many ways in ordinary teen: going to the movies with friends, going to high school, and of course dealing with my parents. However, I am rather unordinary in that I will be blogging about teenage life in order to help you understand the world your teen lives in. I love to write and I am looking forward to blogging on this site very much. Hopefully, my entries will be as enjoyable for you to read as they were for me to write.

Alia

Alia is a 13 year-old from Nebraska. She loves to play the Acoustic guitar and, wants to be famous musician and a famous actor in Hollywood.

My name is Alia. My home state is Nebraska (Go cornhuskers! lol). I love to play the Acoustic guitar. I am currently in the eigth grade studying concert band as my major and percussion as my minor.

I would have to say my favorite movie of all time is, The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. I absolutely love the message in that movie.

Like most teens these days, my favorite website is youtube.

The topic that I like to write about the most is The Everyday Lives Of Teens, from the relationships, to the gossip, to the hurt and pain.

I think the biggest misconception about teens is the thought that, we don’t don’t understand or we don’t care about anyone else but ourselves. Teens have feelings just like everyone else. We might not show it in the best way ever, but we still care about other people. The one thing I wish all parents knew is, that teens not only want them (our parents) to hear us, but to actually listen.

Shannon

My name is Shannon and I am at the ripe old age of sixteen. I have the fantastic privilege of interning for Vanessa Van Petten and I wanted to properly introduce myself by giving you a snapshot of my life and my view of the world.

I currently reside in Maryland, home of the Chesapeake Bay and Washington Wizards. I’ve found that it is a bit dull here when it comes to excitement. I mean, I’d never expect to have one of those “I was just walking down the street and you’ll never guess who I ran into…” stories. But on the upside, we do have exceptionally interesting weather and experience all four of the glorious seasons—spring, summer, winter, and fall.

I attend a private all girls High School. I usually receive a variety of interesting and sometimes peculiar comments about this because a) it is a private, all girls high school, b) it’s a Catholic school and c) the neighborhood where it’s located is a bit sketchy. Some of the more outlandish and humorous ones include: “Have you ever been shot?” “Are there a lot of lesbians at your school?” “Do you really have to wear those uniform shoes every day?”

So anyway, I’ve just finished sophomore year which I find both exciting and scary. Exciting because it means one year closer to freedom and scary because it means…one year closer to freedom. All I ever hear from my friends is that they want to get out of high school, onto college, and start “real life”. But to me real life doesn’t just mean being freed from the rules that my mother enforces. Real life means change. It comes with real responsibility, real decision-making, and the need to really know what you want. If you were to ask which me of those things I find both terrifying and exhilarating I would check the box marked “All of the Above”.

I am a total movie-holic. I don’t have a specific favorite movie because I watch so many so often that it changes all the time. I do, however, have a specific collection of movies that could be considered my favorites because I never get tired of watching them. They are as follows:

The Notebook— I always cry when I watch this movie. It makes me feel hopeful that true love might actually exist.

Pirates of the Caribbean— First of all, the fact that pirates get to do whatever they want is fantastic. Also, the sword fighting and the music during scenes are always in sync. That combined with the humor, action and romance makes for a very entertaining trilogy.

Ocean’s 11/12/13— It completely blows my mind that there are actually people in this world who are smart enough to pull off heists like the ones in these movies.

The Bourne Identity/Supremacy/Ultimatum— These movies always give me chills. To think that it is possible for the government to have that much power and that much control without the public knowing—scary. Plus Matt Damon is a total babe and the character he plays is practically a military robot which I think is super cool.

My favorite website is Facebook. Yes, I know that sounds like a stereotypical teenage cliché, but I can’t help it. The creator of this website is truly a genius. I’m not kidding when I tell you it’s an addiction. Every time I get on the computer my fingers are instantly itching to visit my profile and check out all the latest news and newest scandals. With the push of a button I have immediate access to all the intriguing lives of the people I know and love. Plus, it’s an easy way for me to keep up with my friends who are out of state or off at college. Who could want more than that?

I don’t think I could narrow it down to one topic that is my absolute favorite to write about. I like expressing my opinion about all sorts of things but there are a few that have earned the title of my favorites. They include: sex, true love, alcohol and drugs: condone or condemn?, equality—black vs. white, women vs. men, etc., and my all-time favorite: Nick Jonas. Yes, Nick Jonas. As for as boys go, NickJ is totally boss. My mind wanders to that shy-smiling, piano playing, finger tingling, singer/song writer quite often.

One of the biggest misconceptions about teens is that all teenagers are having or are thinking about having sex. I’m not saying that we don’t think about sex, but a lot of us aren’t actually interested in doing it. Our lives are busy enough! Trying to balance school and sports and clubs and social lives is already difficult. Throwing sex into the mix brings about a whole new list of complications that we literally don’t have time to deal with. Plus, the majority of us either don’t have jobs or don’t have jobs that pay well enough for us to support a kid or to pay for secret STD checkups.

One thing I wish all parents knew is how badly we, as teens, seek their approval. Most of the time we flat our refuse to admit it, but really and truly we just want to satisfy them. And one of the reasons it is so easy for us to pick fights with them is because we feel like we’re busting our butts trying to please them and all they can do is point out our flaws. It’s not that they say, “I think you suck” but small things, like mentioning the C we got on our paper instead of congratulating us on the A we received on our test, really hit us hard.

Samantha

-Grade: 12

-Home State: California

-Favorite movie: Sweet Home Alabama and P.S. I Love You

-Favorite website: TeenVogue.com and Forever21.com

-Favorite topic to write about: Fashion

-Biggest misconception about teens: “Teens don’t know….” I can’t count how many times I have heard the expression “Teens don’t know…” It commonly is said when parents are talking about the teen generation and how teens don’t know how the teen world is. Newsflash: We Are the Teen World. The misconception of our age and how we go about our day in the teen world, and how we should play a part in that world is built up by this image and understanding by adults on how teens should be in society.

-What you wish all parents knew: We don’t mean to make you hurt sometimes, we are immature and are still learning; developing into mature young adults.

-Hello my name is Samantha. I’m a 17-year-old aspiring fashion journalist who lives in the O.C.

Emma

Emma is a high schooler living in North Carolina (yearning to move to NYC.) She wants to be a writer. She believes in fairies.

Name: Emma

Grade: Ninth/Freshman/First year of high school (You get to hear all about my new high school experiences!)

Home state: North Carolina

Favorite movie: I’m currently obsessed with Sweeney Todd, but other favorites are: Titanic, Pride and Prejudice, Phantom of the Opera, Edward Scissorhands, Chicago and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. (There is a definite trend toward movies with amazing music, Johnny Depp, and Leonardo DiCaprio.)

Favorite website: http://vampirelibrarian.blogspot.com/2006/04/hot-commodity.html

Favorite topic to write about: Lovely little teenage idiosyncrasies. Like the slow up and down look that girls give you as they try and use x-ray vision to read the brand name on the tags/labels of your clothes. (Fortunately I cut the tags out of my clothing. I win!)

Biggest misconception about teens: We say “like” and “um” every other word out of pure spite and hatred of adults. Actually, most teens really wish they could stop this habit, but you try spending seven hours a day with teenagers and not pick up this terrible tic.

What I wish all parents knew: It’s really easy for today’s teens to get into situations way beyond what they can handle. Unfortunately, parents rarely can guess/notice what’s going on in their child’s life (frequently because the issue at hand wasn’t around when they were growing up.) Teens need and want (even if they won’t admit it) an adult to help them.

Sarah

Sarah is a 16 year old girl from Connecticut. She enjoys singing, dancing, and one day would like to be a teen fiction author.

Your Grade: 11

Home State: Connecticut

Favorite movie: Pride & Prejudice

Favorite website: Facebook

Favorite topic to write about: Insight to everyday teen issues

Biggest misconception about teens: All teens are rebellious and are only concerned with superficial things

What you wish all parents knew: If you want us to respect you, respect us

Carina

Carina is a 16 year-old high school student in Grade 11. She is interested in dancing and acting and in her free time enjoys writing stories, or drawing.

-My name: Carina

-My Grade: 11

-Home Province: Ontario

-Favorite movie: The Illusionist or Chicago

-Favorite website: www.shockwave.com

-Favorite topic to write about: Anything about goal setting, or achieving something

-Biggest misconception about teens: We’re smarter and work harder then you think. Sometimes we seem so mischievous but really, we take care in what we are passionate about. Give us a chance and you’ll see.

-What you wish all parents knew: Treat us the way you want to be treated. If you are over-protected or treat us like babies, we will back away and never want to speak to you cause it seems either controlling or degrading. Just treat us like young adults. OH! And just cause you’re yelling at us to do something, doesn’t make us want to do it more. Trust me, that room will be clean when we realize for ourselves a tornado hit it!

Carys

First Name: Carys

Age: Thirteen

City, Country: Arouca, Trinidad

Favorite Color: Pink, Red, Blue.

Favorite Food: Pelau

Favorite Place to travel: California

Least favorite thing about School: The tests.

Most Favorite Thing About School: Homework and Friends.

Favorite Website: quibblo.com

What you wish all parents knew: That if you watch over your children too much, they will rebel against your rules.

Biggest misconception about teens: The mean things they say are not because they mean it, but no one understands them, yet.

Gema

Gema is a new teen writer for us, she is a 17-year old from Miami, FL. She is obsessed with writing and reading young adult fiction and hopes to one day be a published author.

Age: 17

Favorite color: dark red

Favorite food
: spaghetti

Favorite place to travel: Nicaragua

Least favorite thing about high school, most favorite thing about high school:

My least favorite thing about high school would have to be the pressure of SAT’S and other standard tests in order to get into a good college. It makes you feel like a failure if you don’t get an adequate score.. My favorite thing about high school is the experiences, the friends and the memories. Even as you live the moments, you know you’ll remember them forever.

What do you want to be when you grow-up?: At the moment, I want to be a pharmacist. I enjoy chemistry and the thought of helping people. Being a doctor always felt like too much of a morbid job, but pharmacy offers a nugget hope with every medicine.

My dream job would be to be a full time author. I would love to spend the rest of my life writing about the characters in my head and the adventures they go through and the things they learn about human nature.

Do you know what you want to study in college?: Ideally, I would love to take creative writing courses and history. But I’ll be studying pharmacy.

The biggest misconception parents have about teens is that they don’t have any problems. I can’t even count the number of times my own parents have said: “you have nothing to worry about, you’re only [insert age here].” Granted, most of us don’t have to worry about bills and keeping our jobs and all of that, but our little problems are our own, and whether they are big or small, they are still important to us.

If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be?: I would probably tell parents that not all of us hatch a top secret plan every morning that is designed to drive them into an insane asylum. Teens are humans and prone to make mistakes and some of them are willing to learn from those mistakes.

What is your favorite website? Youtube. I am currently addicted to vlogbrothers.

Becca

Becca is a 16 year-old from West Palm Beach, FL. She loves to cook and travel, and she would like to study International Business in the future.Favorite color: Blue

Least favorite thing about high school, most favorite thing about high school:

Least– Drudge work or anything that wastes my time

Most– The ability to create an image for yourself.

What do you want to be when you grow-up? Something where I can travel. I love going new places and seeing new things and speaking other languages. I speak Hebrew fluently and am in my 5th year of Spanish. I would really like to learn at least one or two more languages.

What is your dream job? International Business of some sort/ Mother

What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens? Adults in general think that teenagers are so self-centered that they fail to recognize that there are bigger problems in the world. Although teens may not express this at every given chance, a larger portion of the teenage population than most parents think is, in fact, aware.

If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be? Extremity on either end of the parenting spectrum is negative in the long run. Parents who are too lax with their kids will not retain the respect that is necessary, but extremely strict parents will end up turning their children away. Also, teens have to learn to make their own choices. You can’t always stop a mistake before it happens, or your child will never learn for him or herself.

What is your favorite website? I don’t think I have one, but the one I use most often is Google, I guess.

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One Response to “Teen Internships OPEN!”

  1. FamilyIgloo
    March 7, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    Teen interns to advice parents! That ‘s really radical and awesome!

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