Teenage Brain Development: Why Parents Should Expect Some Anxiety During the Adolescent Years

Understanding Teen Anxiety Adolescence is a hard time for parents and kids alike. As our sons and daughters move through the challenges of teenage life, we often feel confused over how to prepare them for a healthy and happy future. Teens will face many different obstacles as they grow up. It’s always been that way, but recently, many parents are questioning whether things are growing worse. These days, up to 20 percent of teenagers suffer from an anxiety disorder. Teenagers experience more fear and anxiety than adults, and now, we are...

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Rebellion versus Self-Destruction: Is Your Teen Out of Control?

Understanding Teen Behavior Even for the best kids, adolescence can be a very difficult stage of life. If you were lucky enough to avoid any behavioral issues when your child was younger, you should be prepared to deal with them during the teen years. This is natural, but when it comes to seriously out-of-control teens, it’s important to know where to draw the line. Is Your Teen is out of Control? Kids make mistakes. Sometimes, good kids will miss curfew, forget an important assignment or even talk back to their parents. We’ve all...

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Is Your Teenager Taking on Too Much?

Full Schedules for Teens Having a child that thrives in many different areas is probably one of your dreams as a parent. Activities are great for kids. They help teach discipline, responsibility, teamwork and conflict resolution. School sports help kids get exercise, and all after-school activities and clubs look great on college applications. Plus, when you consider the trouble that kids can get into these days, you might be relieved to see that your child’s jam-packed schedule doesn’t leave him or her a lot of free time to get...

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The Facts About Teenage Depression

Teenage Depression Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people in the United States. This is disturbing, especially when you consider how many of us have a teenage son or daughter that is suffering from depression. Depression is common, but there is a surprising amount of stigma surrounding it. Many young people attempt to hide their dark feelings or cover them up with drugs and alcohol. Some schools are beginning to put together depression support groups, but the progress is slow. If we want to help our children with...

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Three Reasons Schools Should Teach Teens to Have Higher Self-Esteem

Teaching Self-Esteem Your children learn a lot in school, from mathematics to the history of their homeland. Academics are very valuable, but there is one important issue that seems to go completely ignored in our schools: teaching kids how to develop their self-esteem. Self-esteem is cultivated in a number of ways. It comes from having a strong, loving family and a healthy network of friends. It comes from doing well in school and accomplishing all of the required classwork. It comes from being taught healthy boundaries and maintaining a...

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Selfies: Popular and Possibly Unhealthy

Teen Obsession on Selfies The term “selfie” has become so popular that it was recently added to the Oxford English dictionary and even deemed “Word of the Year” in 2013. If your teenagers are like most others, you probably see them taking selfies every day, and you might be wondering what sort of effect this is having on their self-esteem. Why Are Teens so Obsessed With Selfies? There are many factors that make selfies popular in the teen world. For one, teens naturally crave attention, and the reaction they receive from others goes far in...

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