• 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Teens
    Communicating With Teens
    The Special Art of Talking to Teenagers
    The Special Art of Talking to Teenagers The following suggestions are from the book, "I'm not mad, I just hate you!" They were written expressly with teenagers in mind. The authors call upon moms to engage in responsible communication with thei...
  • 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...
  • Teens
    Connecting With Your Teen
    What Could My Teen Daughter Possibly Be Thinking?
    What Could My Teen Daughter Possibly Be Thinking? The most sound, convincing, and well-developed answer to this question is given by psychologist Terri Apter. They look grown-up. Sometimes these daughters of ours even act grown-up. But the fact ...
  • Health and Safety Printables
    The Good Stress Challenge Audit
    Take this survey to determine if your child could benefit from a good stress challenge. ...
  • Teens
    Communicating With Teens
    The Traumatic Teen Years
    The Traumatic Teen Years My 13 1/2-year-old daughter does not like school. In fact, in every class where she has a marginal (terrible) grade her teachers have kindly noted that she “does not work to her potential.” It is nice that they have ...
  • 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
    Suicide Prevention
    Getting Help for a Troubled Teen
    Getting Help for a Troubled Teen If you decide your teen needs more help than you are able to provide, your first call should be to someone you feel comfortable with. Call a trusted school counselor, teacher, or physician and ask for a referral....
  • Teens
    Suicide Prevention
    Suicide Threats and Teens
    Suicide Threats and Teens Info Flash The suicide rate among adolescents has tripled in the last twenty-five years. It has grown so rapidly that suicide now ranks as the third leading cause of death among adolescents. For every completed adolesc...
  • Teens
    Teen Depression
    Beyond the Blues: Teen Depression
    Beyond the Blues: Teen Depression Depression distinguishes itself from the “blues” because it's longer in duration and more intense in nature. In addition, it's an illness that can lead to some other serious problems (considering suicide, r...
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    Prom
    10 Prom Night Tips for Parents
    Prom night can be stressful for parents. These tips will help you ensure a safe, worry-free evening. ...
  • Teens
    Teen Socializing and Self-Expression
    Primal Teen: Tattoos and Body Piercing
    Primal Teen: Tattoos and Body Piercing You may have taken your daughter to get her ears pierced when she was still in elementary school—so now you're shocked that she wants extra holes? Or that your son wants some, too? Go figure. (You ought t...
  • Teens
    Teen Socializing and Self-Expression
    From Black Leather to Blue Hair: Teens and Their Appearance
    From Black Leather to Blue Hair: Teens and Their Appearance Teens use their appearance as a way to explore who they are (not define who they are). If you give them a few months, they'll move on to something else. Most forms of experimentation ar...
  • Teens
    Communicating With Teens
    When You're in a Rut with Your Teen
    When You're in a Rut with Your Teen There's no doubt that communicating with a teen is a road filled with ruts. It's easy to get stuck. A few bad months of disagreeing over everything can make it seem doubtful that the two of you will ever spea...