Teen Eating Disorders – Orthorexia

Teen Eating Disorders As the United States continues to make headlines for its soaring obesity rates, a lot of people are looking for ways to clean up their diet, detoxify their bodies and seek more vibrant health. This is a wonderful thing in itself, but it can have negative consequences when the focus on healthy eating becomes more of an obsession than a lifestyle. Orthorexia Nervosa and How it Develops Orthorexia is described as an unhealthy obsession with eating only the purest of foods. The definition of “pure” depends on the...

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An Open Letter To Parents On Their Girls’ Teen Sexuality

An open letter to “A Confused Mom” and parents everywhere: Parents, this is one we will all face eventually sooner or later: Teen sexuality, what do we do about it?? I’ve written more on the topic before: Supporting Your Teen in Sexual Exploration. But I would like to talk about this: Letting the College Kids Sleep Together,  a particular topic for the moment. I must stress that this is a tough subject and both sides are easily understandable: Your teen is now an adult, she’s exploring her sexuality, she wants to...

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Risk Management For Teens

Risks: How far is too far? Today, more and more, we consistently see the videos on the internet of people doing questionable things. Jumping off two-story roofs, riding a skateboard while tethered to a moving car, or eating bizarre foods that will destroy your esophagus; to name a few. How far is too far, and at what cost? Media promotes taking risks. Marry this millionaire you’ve known for 5 minutes! Stick your head into a bowl of insects! And for what? Five minutes of fame or maybe some quick cash. That’s about it. With these types of...

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Helping Your Teen Navigate Risk

Protecting teens from dangerous situations with themselves. The internet is plagued with videos of teens putting themselves in dangerous situations and photos of parties with teens making questionable choices. Sometimes it is for the slight fame boost amongst friends, and sometimes it is for pure thrill. No matter what the reason may be, it is important that we protect our children from making risky choices like these. Now we cannot shackle them to their rooms and shelter them. We need to educate them. Have a sit down with your teen and talk...

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Understanding Gun Safety and Handling for Your Family: Part 2

What if facing your fears about Guns would make your family safer? Proper Gun Safety and gun handling skills could save your life! The biggest fear every parent has around guns is that their child might find one and use it to hurt themselves, because they don’t know what the gun does or how the gun works. First and foremost as an act of prevention, as a parent and gun owner, it is imperative that you keep your guns locked up in a secure safe. Your ammunition should be locked up separately. Your guns should never be loaded with...

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Gun Safety – How to Protect Your Teen: Part 1

Are you truly protecting your teens from Guns by NOT talking about Gun Safety? Americans can’t stop talking about guns, gun safety, gun violence, and gun control. Events like Sandy Hook & Aurora are catalysts for the seemingly never-ending, highly charged debate about gun violence. The dialogue continues because the issue of gun violence is too emotional an issue. Nothing is more collectively painful for our society than the death of innocent children. We can’t understand how people can commit such crimes. Everyone wants to...

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