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No more period pain

My school regularly holds lectures related to puberty for preteen and teenage students. During one of these lectures, they told us that pain is normal during menstrual cycles and also that our menstrual cycles might be irregular in the beginning.

Feeling stressed?

At exam time, stress can feel like a normal part of student life. This article explores why it doesn’t have to be and offers a spiritual approach for dealing with stress and pressure.

What you’ve taught me

Your contributions to TeenConnect are important! Here’s what they’ve meant to TeenConnect’s editor, and the impact she feels they’re having on the world.

When life seems hard

What can we do when life seems hard? This author found that gratitude opened her eyes to a very different perspective.

“Dinner” with the enemy

After being treated badly, this author had no problem seeing the perpetrator as an awful person. But when they were put together on a group project, she knew that view needed to change.

Different is good

In college, this author was called “different” when she chose not to drink. But “different,” she discovered, wasn’t a bad thing.

Turn off the noise

When flu symptoms became a problem for this counselor and several others on staff, he found a powerful antidote to the belief of contagion by “tuning in” to God’s reassurances of health and safety.

Would I ever see my dog again?

When his dog vanished and he couldn’t find her, this teen turned to prayer and heard a surprising message.

The real you—infinitely “cool”

Do you want to be cool? Popular? Who wouldn’t, right? This author considers what real acceptance looks like and where it starts. (Hint: It’s all about seeing ourselves more the way God does.)

Stay connected

Social media has its upsides, but it can also provoke envy and self criticism. One author shares how she responds to the impulse to stay connected, and how that has transformed her approach to Facebook and Instagram.