Your Teen’s First Overnight Trip: Five Simple Ways to Prepare

Teen’s First Overnight Trip Whether it be a major field trip, a session at sleep-away camp, an overnight sporting event or a trip with a friend’s family, at some point, your teens or preteens are going to leave the local area without you present. When this happens, it’s important to prepare them to be on their best behavior and avoid any trouble that might occur. 1. Get Organized The first and most important aspect of preparing your teen for a trip is ensuring that he or she packs everything that might be needed. This...

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How to Deal With Holiday Dances and Teen Drinking

Teen Drinking on Holidays Hello Parents and Teens, Happy Holidays. The holiday season can be filled with fun, family and parties. Here is a guest blog post by Melissa, Public Relations Coordinator for St. Jude Retreats – a non 12 step alternative to conventional alcohol and drug rehab on how to deal with holiday dances and teen drinking. Is your teen anxiously awaiting their first “Holiday Ball,” “Winter Formal,” or “Christmas Dance”? For them this may be an exciting time to shop for a dress or tux, plan a night out with friends, or finally...

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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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