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  • Teens
    Suicide Prevention
    Teen Suicide: A First-Person Message for Parents
    Teen Suicide: A First-Person Message for ParentsFrom the Society for the Prevention of Teen SuicideI was not one of those parents who was unaware of her child's emotional distress. My son, Duke, a 21-year-old senior at college, complained that he...
  • Teens
    Suicide Prevention
    Teen Suicide: Information for Parents
    Teen Suicide: Information for Parents From the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide One of the more difficult challenges of parenting is realizing that you don't always know what your children are thinking and feeling. You may be aware th...
  • Kids
    Anger and Aggression
    Five-Year-Old Threatens Suicide
    Our expert recommends a professional therapist for an angry five-year-old who is threatening suicide. ...
  • Teens
    Peer Influence and Peer Pressure
    The "Just Say No" Fallacy
    The "Just Say No" Fallacy If your tween is like most, he swears he won't smoke, drink, take drugs, or have sex until he's married. He has learned that these things are very bad and can easily recite what happens to people who indulge in these ev...
  • Teens
    Connecting With Your Preteen
    The Family That Plays Together
    The Family That Plays Together You will probably have an easy time remaining connected to your youngster if you genuinely enjoy the video games, skateboarding, carnivals, shopping malls, arcades, and movies that are the lifeblood of this age gro...
  • Teens
    Connecting With Your Preteen
    Conversing with Tweens
    Conversing with Tweens It is important to continue talking to your tween about important issues even though he is silent, distracted, and preoccupied with people and events outside the family. Just don't expect him to respond with words — at ...
  • Teens
    Peer Influence and Peer Pressure
    The Pressures on Adolescent Girls
    The Pressures on Adolescent Girls Adolescence is marked by an internal struggle between one's true self and a false projection of self, contends Mary Pipher, Ph.D., and author of Reviving Ophelia, Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls (G.P. Put...
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    Book Finder
    Book Finder
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  • Teens
    Suicide Prevention
    Can You Spot Teen Depression?
    Do you know how to recognize the signs of depression in a teen? Take this quiz and find out! ...
  • Teens
    Suicide Prevention
    Suicide Awareness Quiz
    Do you know how to look for warning signs of suicide? Take our quiz and find out. ...
  • Teens
    Teenage Behaviors
    Teen Scenes
    When your adolescent child shows up for dinner with a mohawk and nose ring, or suddenly stops seeing his friends, what should you do? ...
  • Senior Prom Drinking
    Prom
    The Senior Prom and Drinking: How to Start a Conversation
    The Scene: Your 18-year-old daughter and her date are invited to a pre-prom party at a friend's and several post-prom parties. You want her to have a wonderful time, but you're worried about her drinking. When you raise the issue with her, she ro...
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  • Teens
    Getting Help for Your Teen
    How Do I Find the Right Help for My Troubled Daughter?
    How Do I Find the Right Help for My Troubled Daughter? With so many treatment options and professionals today, selecting the right help can be confusing. Here is a handy guide to help clarify credentials and therapies. A clinical social worker i...
  • Family Life
    Mother/Daughter Relationships
    Determining the Best Way to Approach Your Daughter
    Determining the Best Way to Approach Your Daughter Moms need to be up front and approach their daughters if they are concerned about a new newfound friendship group or boyfriend. The trick is in how you say it. One slip of the tongue and these...
  • Teens
    Respecting Teen Privacy
    Should I Snoop into My Daughter's Private Affairs?
    Should I Snoop into My Daughter's Private Affairs? Building Blocks Excessive behavior that is socially destructive and characterized by fighting, stealing, arson, truancy, and leaving home is called a conduct disorder. Building Blocks Anorexia ...
  • Teens
    Teen Stress
    What Teens Worry About
    What Teens Worry About Everyone has their stress points, and teens are no exception. Here's what they report makes them worry: What people think of them. Teens are very concerned that they “select” the right identity. They don't want to be ...
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    Baby Names
    Baby Name Finder
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  • Family Life
    Mother/Daughter Relationships
    When Your Daughter Hangs Out with the Wrong Crowd
    When Your Daughter Hangs Out with the Wrong Crowd Explosives Dr. Johns has a warning: Mothers have to be careful not to overdo their involvement if the situation isn't serious. Smothering a daughter prevents her from finding and feeling capable...