• Teens
    Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs): What Your Teen Should Know
    Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs): What Your Teen Should Know There are approximately 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases each year, and one quarter of these infections occur in teenagers who have not yet finished high scho...
  • Teens
    Teen Pregnancy
    Teen Pregnancy
    Teen Pregnancy What if your teen tells you she thinks she's pregnant? Your first act should be to confirm that she really is; many things can interrupt the regularity of a girl's menstrual cycle. Get her to a doctor to determine whether she's a...
  • Teens
    Does Growth Stop with Onset of Menstruation?
    A girl's growth slows down once she starts her periods, but it doesn't stop completely. ...
  • Teens
    Talking About Sex
    What to Tell Your Teen About Sex
    What to Tell Your Teen About Sex Info Flash 53 percent of high school students say they've had sex. This means that your teen may have sex, regardless of the values you've conveyed. It is vital to talk to your teen about safe sex. If you're dead...
  • Teens
    "I Can't Go Anywhere -- I Have a Pimple!"
    "I Can't Go Anywhere -- I Have a Pimple!" Info Flash Eighty-three percent of teens worry at least sometimes about their complexion; approximately one-third or more indicate that they have felt anxious, embarrassed, or frustrated by their acne. A...
  • Teens
    Changes During Puberty
    Girls and Puberty
    Girls and Puberty In girls, breast development can begin any time between the ages of 8 and 13. (Later development may be considered “delayed” but is not necessarily abnormal.) As the breasts grow, pubic hair will begin to appear, and your d...
  • Teens
    Irregular Menstruation in Teens
    What should you do when your 14-year-old goes five months without a period? ...
  • Family Life
    Menstrual Problems: Symptoms and Treatment
    Menstrual Problems: Symptoms and Treatment Now even the most conservative physicians no longer believe that PMS is “all in the head.” Problems that crop up two weeks before you start menstruating and those that occur during your period are v...
  • Teens
    Talking About Sex
    Sex Education: What Should You Say?
    Sex Education: What Should You Say? Tales from the Parent Zone Jason was observed blinking frequently, staring obsessively at his hands, popping breath mints, and applying zit medication every few hours. Finally he confessed to his parents. H...
  • Teens
    Connecting With Your Teen
    Starting Difficult Conversation with Teens
    Starting Difficult Conversation with TeensHaving trouble talking about the delicate subjects in your teen's life? Don't start a conversation you can't finish. Get the facts you need to talk honestly with your kids.Forty percent of high-school sen...
  • Breast Lump on Boy
    Growth and Physical Development
    I Need Help! Are Breast Lumps on Boys Normal?
    A mother finds a breast lump on her 11-year-old boy. Our expert weighs in on how normal this is. ...
  • Teens
    Teen Sex
    Mother Finds Sexual Notes to Daughter
    Our expert suggests ways a mother can help a child deal with unwanted sexual overtures. ...
  • Teens
    Homosexual Teens
    Teen Thinks He's Gay
    A mother seeks help in dealing with her feelings and advising her son, after learning that he is gay. ...
  • Teens
    Teen Fears That He's a Pedophile
    One incident does not make a teen a pedophile, but it does indicate the need for a discussion with a skilled, compassionate therapist. ...
  • When is it Normal to Develop Breasts
    Early Puberty
    When is it Normal for a Girl to Develop Breasts?
    Advice on how to deal with breast development and puberty signs in girls. ...
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  • Kids
    Affectionate Five-Year-Old
    A mother worries that her five-year-old's displays of affection toward his friends are inappropriate. ...
  • Kids
    Dealing With Bullies
    Eleven-Year-Old Called Gay
    What used to be unheard of in elementary school is now common practice -- taunting and bullying based on actual or perceived sexual orientation. ...
  • Teens
    Changing Hormones
    Mood Swings in Sixth-Grade Girl
    This girl is going through the mood swings that accompany the bodily and hormone changes of puberty. ...