popular topics in teens and dating

  • Dating Violence
    Dating Violence and Your Teen: Know the Facts
    Dating Violence and Your Teen: Know the Facts In February 2009, teen pop star Chris Brown allegedly beat and verbally threatened his celebrity girlfriend Rihanna inside his car before leaving her and driving off. Rihanna is 21 years old; Brown is...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Homosexual Teens
    Supporting Your Gay Teen
    Supporting Your Gay Teen There are few parents who can easily and completely accept the news that their child is gay. Even those who are comfortable with homosexuality and same-sex marriage may find themselves having difficulty. They may feel th...
    Nancy Witting
  • Teens
    Homosexual Teens
    Lesbian Daughters, Straight Moms
    Lesbian Daughters, Straight Moms Most of the available information confirms that for a woman who is a lesbian, the most difficult personal task she faces is admitting that she is gay to herself and then her family—particularly her mother. The ...
  • Teens
    Rejection
    Your Girl's Broken Heart
    Your Girl's Broken Heart A good reason for girls to get involved in sports, besides honing their physical talents and learning teamwork, is that they learn how to accept losses. Sooner or later, even the best female athlete or the best girls' t...
  • Teens
    Teen Love
    What to Expect When Mr. Right Enters Your Daughter's Life
    What to Expect When Mr. Right Enters Your Daughter's Life Both mother and daughter will be overcome with joy if Mr. Right seems perfect to both of you. In addition to the euphoria, you may be surprised at some of the other emotions that surface....
  • 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
    Teens and Dating
    Should Teen Be Alone with Boyfriend?
    Our expert says that teens should be allowed to socialize in any room of the house, with the exception of the bedroom. ...
  • 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
    Sexuality
    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. ...
  • Kids
    Friendships
    Affectionate Five-Year-Old
    A mother worries that her five-year-old's displays of affection toward his friends are inappropriate. ...
  • Teens
    Teens and Dating
    Eleven-Year-Old Wants to Date
    Our expert believes that 11-year-olds are far too young to engage in dating behaviors. ...
  • 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
    Teens and Dating
    Father Won't Let 16-Year-Old Date
    Attempts to control a 16-year-old by forbidding her from doing natural, healthy things that are part of her growth and development may backfire. ...
  • Teens
    Teens and Dating
    Should 14-Year-Old Talk to Boys on the Phone?
    Talking on the phone is a privilege, not a right. Whether teens are talking to boys or girls on the phone, the rules should be the same. ...
  • Teen Couple Sharing Milkshake
    Teens
    What to Do When You Don't Like Your Teen's Boyfriend
    Each stage of parenting offers its own unique challenges for very different reasons. Newborns make for a complete shock to your way of life. Toddlers let you know very quickly that you're not in charge. Elementary school kids can at least commun...
    Steven Auger
  • Teens
    Homosexual Teens
    Understanding Your Gay Teen
    Understanding Your Gay TeenA Primer for Parents As parents we cling to many fantasies about our kids. When they're babies, we tell ourselves: When they become toddlers, they'll never throw tantrums in the mall. When they're toddlers, we tell ours...
    Katy Abel
  • Teens
    Teens and Dating
    Daughter Says Mom Won't Take Her Seriously
    Many parents respond to the appearance of love lives in their teenagers by clicking into fear and the memories of their own teenage romantic experiences. ...
  • Family Life
    Romance and Sex
    Valentine's Day Reconsidered
    Valentine's Day Reconsidered(Broken) Hearts and Flowers Howard Carlin* and Diane Richards* sat at their fourth-grade desks, trying to pretend they didn't care about receiving only a couple of valentine cards. It was Valentine's Day card exchange ...