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There are two conditions of membership:
1. You must live in the SF Bay area or be planning a move here.
2. You must be parenting a teen, pre-teen, or young adult, or work with one, such as teachers and physicians. We also welcome grandparents and aunts and uncles of teens who want to network with us about teenagers.
Parents on the list have children ranging from about 11 years old into their 20's. Many discussions are school-related, such as parents seeking tutors, looking for school recommendations, applying to college, and seeking advice about problems that crop up in middle school, high school, and college, such poor motivation, learning disorders, and socializing. We discuss family rules, such as driving, curfews, and computer use, and behavior and mental health issues such as drug use, sexuality, depression, and defiance. Most parents on the list have children in middle school or high school, but many of us are now parenting "emerging adults" - kids in their 20's who are still finding their way, or living at home, or struggling with difficult issues. See Goodbye to Parents of Teens for some letters from parents who have "aged out" of the list.
To join, use this form. We add new subscribers by hand; you should receive the welcome message within a week of joining. The newsletter is sent out every 6-10 days. It is free to join.
The Teens newsletter also includes a final section added by the moderator: "Welcome to New Members" which contains a list of new subscribers from the past week.
1. Respond to a Previous Question
Topics raised in previous newsletters are listed by date on the posting form here. Choose the topic you are replying to and type in your response. You may also post a review of a tutor: scroll to the end of the topic list and select "Tutor Review".
Note: Parents' reviews of products and services are accepted in this section, but you may not promote your own business here, per BPN's policy on promotional postings. See the Announcements section below for information about promotional postings accepted for the Teens newsletter.
2. Post a New Question
Post a new question for advice about any teen-related issues including health, behavior, schools, tutors, and the like.
The Announcements sections are for announcements of interest to teens and their parents. Some types of promotional postings are accepted per the guidelines below. For details about BPN's policies, see Advertising and Self-Promotion on BPN.
- Classes, Groups, Workshops & Other Services
Local professionals, businesses, and other subscribers may post announcements about services for teens or parents of teens in this section, such as tutoring, counseling, test prep workshops, support groups, art and music classes, and the like. Postings about online, email, or phone services are not accepted. Posts should include information about time, place, and cost.
- Announcements & Events
This section is for general announcements about activities and events targeted specifically to local teens or parents of teens. This includes performances, media, community events, information nights, school fundraisers, research queries, and volunteer drives.
- Summer Activities
Summer camps, summer travel, volunteer and CIT opportunities, and other summer activities.
- Teen Employment Opportunities
Subscribers to any of the BPN newsletters can post babysitting jobs, yard work, dog walking, and volunteer opportunities for teens.
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