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Why Your Teen Still Needs You to Be a Parent

It’s hard enough being a teen these days, without any added problems or pressures.  But when teens’ parents are never around, things can get really tough.  While many teens might think that having total freedom and no parents to boss them around and nag them would be a dream come true, the reality is that […]

Why You Need to Say No…a Lot

It’s no secret that parenting is hard work.  At times, your children will amuse and endear you with humor, antics, and accomplishments.  You might even gleam with pride.  Other times, they will try to run you down and take over, not only the household, but seemingly the world. You are likely already aware of this […]

When Tweens and Teens Feel Worried and Overwhelmed

What do I say to my kids when they seem consumed with worry and despair for their futures and when tragedy cuts down innocent lives? When leaders demonstrate behaviors that I work hard to steer my children away from and demonstrate intolerance where I want to teach them tolerance? And in their day-to-day lives when […]

What Is the BMI?

The BMI (Body Mass Index) is a tool for understanding obesity and its use in children is growing. Your pediatrician has probably used it at your child's annual check-up. But what is it exactly?

How To Negotiate and Compromise With Your Teenager

It’s hard to get along with your teenager. Not only have they become more focused on their friends and probably a bit moody as well, you and your teen truly want different things. They want independence, freedom, and just to have fun. You want them to be safe, be responsible and make good decisions. Often, […]

What Parents Need to Know About Teen Suicide Trends

It’s not just your imagination.  Teen suicide rates are rising at alarming rates.  The suicide rate for white children and teens between 10 and 17 was up 70% between 2006 and 2016, the latest data analysis available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although black children and teens kill themselves less often than white youth do, the rate of increase was […]

What Does ADHD Really Look Like

Everyone is familiar with the term ADHD. Unfortunately, the term is thrown around too frequently and inaccurately.  As a result, we are quick to label any child with behavior problems as having ADHD, which is not always true.  And in order for children to get the appropriate tools and services to help them, they need […]
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