Understanding Teen Depression

Understanding Teenage Depression Why is your teen pulling away? It is a question many parents ask me.  I can totally understand their concerns because there are many reasons why your teen could be pulling away, one being the normal process of separation, the rest being possible drug use, or teenage depression or just working through their own stuff. If it is drugs, usually other things are going on in their lives as well.  Signs to look for are declining interest in activities your teen use to enjoyed, declining school grades, and radical...

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Is Your Daughter in an Abusive Relationship?

As parents, we do everything we can to protect our teens from the bad things in life. We teach them the importance of doing well in school and staying away from drugs. We teach about the dangers of casual or unprotected sex. We do our best to teach them to drive, manage money, eat healthfully and feel good about themselves.   Unfortunately, all that we teach often goes right out the window once they fall in love for the first time. Are Romantic Relationships Healthy for Teens? It’s been said that love blinds people. It creates...

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Miss Teen USA Sextortion: Is Your Child Being Watched on Webcam?

Parents often fear for the safety of their children when it comes to the Internet, and it seems like every day we learn of a new horror that we must try to protect them from. On top of the already existing danger presented by sexual predators, bullies and identity thieves, we now have to worry about hackers changing the settings on our computers and using our own webcams against us. This is something that Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf unfortunately learned about the hard way. A Terrifying Realization Life was going great for Cassidy until she...

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Kindness must be Taught: Why the Next Generation Needs our Help

Teaching Kindness It’s a well-known fact that bullying is a major problem for teens, and the latest statistics show that things aren’t improving. A study by Ditch the Label, a British anti-bullying group, showed that up to 20 percent of young people are dealing with bullying every day. The same study found that most teens suffer extreme damage to their self-esteem, social activities and grades as a result of this harassment. We wouldn’t expect our children to know algebra or history without being taught, so how can we expect them to...

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The Balance Between Providing Emotional Support and Providing Guidance

Emotional Support and Guidance to Teens When raising a teen, it can be difficult to find the balance between emotional support and guidance. As much as we might want to support everything our kids do, there are times when we must step in. Many parents want to be best friends with their teens and have a hard time providing this sort of guidance. Others have a tendency to go too far in the other direction, constantly nagging and scolding their kids without ever providing a listening ear. The path to good parenting lies somewhere in the middle....

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Your Teen has an STD: Now What?

Teen STD You talked with your teen about safe sex and the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, and you thought your advice would be listened to. Instead, your teen made a serious mistake and has now been diagnosed with an STD. Where do you go from here? 1. Provide Emotional Support Depending on the seriousness of the disease, your teen may be quite upset after the diagnosis. Anger and defensiveness is normal, especially if your teen was infected thanks to a cheating lover or some other situation that wasn’t his or her fault. No matter who...

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