Teen Mental Health: When Should You See a Doctor?

Parents have always had to deal with teen rebellion, but it hasn’t been until recent decades that there has been an official diagnosis for every type of behavior. Depression and anxiety are real disorders that should be taken seriously, but many doctors are unfortunately quick to make a diagnosis and prescribe drugs versus looking deeper to see whether the problem is chemical, hormonal or related to a particular emotional issue. Often times, medications can cause additional side effects that are worse than the original problem. Oppositional...

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The Many Important Aspects of Teen Health

Teen health is a challenge for parents and teens alike. Maintaining health is difficult for everyone, but teens tend to live in the moment and not think much of the long-term consequences of lack of sleep, junk food, or worse, drugs and alcohol. To keep our teens on the right track, we have to help them develop healthy habits early on. An overall healthy life is multifaceted and includes: Strong nutritional habits and a positive relationship with food. A good lifestyle with plenty of physical activity and sleep. Good relationships with family...

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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 intoxicating...

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Picky Eating: Five Tips to Help Your Teen Follow a Healthier Diet

Healthier Diet for Teens Healthy eating is crucial for a growing teen. When the body receives an adequate intake of nutrition, the mood stabilizes, the mind grows sharper and there is more energy available to handle daily responsibilities. Most parents already know this, but a problem arises when a child is too picky to follow a healthy diet plan. It’s common for teens to want nothing but junk food, which is likely due to peer pressure, television commercials and the tendency to take health for granted. Luckily, you can have a major influence...

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How to Prepare for Healthy Eating all Week Long For Your Teen

Healthy Eating for Teens If you’re like most parents, you’re probably trying to balance work, raising kids and your personal life. This can be a challenge, and it often seems like there isn’t much time left at the end of the day. This can lead to stopping at the drive-thru instead of preparing a healthy meal. What’s the solution? First, it’s important to know what a week of healthy eating looks like to you. Every family has different needs, and the way you will plan your meals and snacks depends on your schedule, your budget and your...

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Is Vegetarianism Safe for Teens?

About Teen Vegetarianism If you raised a meat-and-potatoes family and now have a teen that wants to be a vegetarian, you’re probably a bit shocked. If you’re vegetarian yourself or you otherwise support your child’s decision, you should be aware that the nutritional requirements of a growing teen might differ from your own. Education and open communication are the keys to making a successful transition. The Benefits of Teen Vegetarianism If you take an educated approach to your teen’s vegetarian diet, he or she will:...

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