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  • Floral Style Prom Dress
    Teens
    Top Prom Dress Trends for 2017
    Prom season is here, and that means hunting for the perfect dress for that special night. Read up on this year's prom dress trends, and find "the one." Most dresses featured here cost under $150 — so there's room in your budget for cute shoes, ...
    Colleen Hughes
  • 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
    Peer Influence and Peer Pressure
    Hanging Out with Friends After School
    Thirteen-year-olds should not be left in unsupervised after-school situations. ...
  • 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? ...
  • 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...
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    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
    Prom
    After-Prom Parties
    After-Prom Parties The after-prom party has taken a twist in recent years as parents have teamed up to sponsor alcohol-and drug-free celebrations -- often on school property -- chaperoned by parents and teachers. The challenge is to make the part...
    Susan Crites Price
  • Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Find our top picks for the best toys of the year!
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  • Teens
    Prom
    What's New About Prom Night?
    What's New About Prom Night? One thing hasn't changed from your day: the prom is still a big social deal. But proms have changed to become more expensive, less safe, and yet, in many communities, more open. Here's the news: No date for the prom...
  • 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...
  • shy preschooler
    Shyness
    Age-by-Age Guide to Helping Your Shy Child Thrive
    Not every person is cut out to be a social butterfly. Research shows that nearly half of all teens and adults identify themselves as shy. Some people are born with a timid temperament, and others seem to develop a shy personality along the way....
    Erin Dower
  • Teens
    Teen Socializing and Self-Expression
    Life as an Adolescent
    Life as an Adolescent What is your child going through? You may think you remember adolescence, but keep in mind that your memories are colored by your hormones, and that every person's experience is his own. Who Am I Today? Your adolescent is i...
  • Formal Dinner Dance for Kids
    Dances
    First Formal
    First FormalDirections Send formal invitations to about ten children. They should resemble wedding invitations with full names and addresses written out. Decorate the party area with real or artificial flowers, tall candles, white tablecloths, an...
  • Teens
    Teen Socializing and Self-Expression
    Maximize Your Daughter's Social Skills
    Maximize Your Daughter's Social SkillsYour daughter's school's climate and the availability of her teachers affect whether she builds strong social connections. If she is feeling disconnected, you may question whether she is in the right place (m...
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    Stealing
    My Friends Are Shoplifting
    Should you tell on your friends when you see them stealing? ...
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
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  • Teens
    Prom
    Prom Safety
    Prom SafetyWhat Parents Worry About High-school proms are very expensive affairs. When you add up the prom dresses and tuxedos, prom tickets and pictures, stretch limos, extravagant dining, flowers, and those special hairstyles and French manicur...