Come and Play…Everything’s A-OK!

By Ilana Bernstein In a new online storybook, Sesame Street is helping people understand autism. The story, titled We’re Amazing, 1, 2, 3, introduces Elmo’s autistic friend Julia. Together they explain how Julia sometimes acts a little different than others—like reacting to noises that don’t bother most kids or taking extra time to make eye contact—but,…

Zendaya Speaks Out Against Photoshop

By Alexa Matthews It’s hard to imagine anyone wanting to Photoshop singer/actress Zendaya’s image, but one magazine’s editors did. And when our girl Z found out, she wasn’t having any of it! As the cover girl for the November 2015 issue of Modeliste magazine, Zendaya posed for a fashion shoot. When she saw the final,…

The Beauty of Forgiveness

By Denise Chong She’s the little girl in the picture. Kim Phuc was 9 years old on June 8, 1972, when her village, Trang Bang in South Vietnam, was bombed. Burned by napalm, she ran down the road, screaming in fear and pain. Associated Press photographer Nick Ut captured all the war’s horror in this…

Ten Little Ways to Boost Your Positive Attitude

By Kelly Myslinski When things get tough, it’s so easy to focus on everything that’s wrong with your life. Soon enough, you’re allowing something as small as dropping your pencil during class to ruin your day. But when you take little steps to shift your mentality and be more positive, your whole outlook on life…

Sharing Space with Author Hadley Dyer

By Kim Childress At the park pavilion, a group of ’tweens play barefoot soccer. Near the volleyball court, some high-school guys chill in the sun before tossing a Frisbee. On the playground, kids and their teenage babysitters play don’t-touch-the-ground tag. An older couple sits on a bench near the lake, while a photographer sets up…

Six Reasons to Take a Break from Social Media

By Danielle Bryant Ever feel like you can’t live without live-Tweeting, or that if your phone dies it’s the end of the world? Yeah, you might need to take a break from social media. Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter—they’re a huge part of our lives these days, but it’s important they don’t become our entire lives….

Five Simple Steps to Turn Your Room Into a Yoga Studio

By Gwendolyn Lincoln  Use your five physical senses to morph your bedroom or other space into a totally zen den, where you can stretch, bend, lunge and pose in total peace. 1. Scent One of the best parts of going to a yoga studio is the amazing smell in the lobby. But what is that…

Girl Singers from Around the Globe

By Marin Langlieb Tired of Top 40? Take a ’round-the-world trip with your headphones on and check out these international female vocalists from all over the planet. ENGLAND Jasmine Thompson, age 14 This Brit teen is gifted with a soulful, lingering, heavenly voice… Listen here: Willow FRANCE Margaux Avril, age 24 Parlez-vous francais? Doesn’t matter….

Six Ways to Fall in Love With Yourself

By Alexa Matthews We all have bad days and low moments. But the key to being an all-around happy girl? Learning how to be sweet to yourself, even when you stumble—or straight up nosedive. Here are five little ways to build your best-ever bond with you. 1. Stop comparing. It’s easy to think everyone has…

Make Money, Honey! How to Turn Your Hobbies Into Hundreds

By Britanny Taylor Ever wondered if you could make bank just by doing the things you love? The answer is a big Y-E-S. No matter what you spend your free time doing, you can earn some major dough just by putting your products and services out there. Here are four ideas to get ya started:…

Dear Prudence—The Story Behind the Song

By Prudence Farrow Bruns The sheet music for The Beatles’ song “Dear Prudence” “Dear Prudence” refers to a Beatles song written about me in 1968 in India and recorded for The White Album. For many years I preferred to stay out of the limelight and let others speculate as to why John Lennon wrote that…