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Talking with Our Teens about Depression

Talking with Our Teens about Depression

Without being able to relate the feeling to any kind of previous experience, a teenager can be overwhelmed by depression. It may become impossible to see any future beyond its dim and gloomy shadow. This is a place where we as parents can share some of our own experience as a way of bridging the gulf. Continue reading

Is Your Grandchild Being Bullied – Or a Bully Themselves?

Is Your Grandchild Being Bullied – Or a Bully Themselves?

Most people associate bullying with the more physical violence of hitting, shoving, and other more overt forms of abuse and intimidation. But some children become bullies through a subtler, more secretive pathway to bullying; an insidious form of bullying that can remain almost hidden to the outside world. Continue reading

Talking with Our Teens about Drinking

Talking with Our Teens about Drinking

More so even than school programs, public service messages, and the threat of the law, parents can wield the strongest influence over their kids in this matter. We just need to be honest about our concerns, firm about our expectations, and able to communicate in a way that inspires conversation and sharing rather than reactions. Continue reading

Understanding Attachment Parenting

Understanding Attachment Parenting

Attachment Parenting is an approach to raising children in which there are no hard and fast rules. There are general guidelines to pull from, but parents don’t need to follow all of them to participate in this parenting style. By listening to their children, following their instincts, and using certain ideas as tools to choose from, parents can build the best environment possible for their own unique family. Continue reading

Ten Terrific Reasons NOT to Put a TV in Your Child’s Bedroom

Ten Terrific Reasons NOT to Put a TV in Your Child’s Bedroom

Need incentive to remove the TV from your child’s bedroom? You’ll find it here.
The TV is a stranger in your child’s bedroom influencing, guiding, directing, and causing the Great Family Disconnect. There is NO good reason not to GET IT OUT OF THERE, NOW! Continue reading

Trying to Understand Youth Violence

Trying to Understand Youth Violence

The reality is that bullying, mass school shootings and gang violence are inflicted and directed toward our youth on a random basis. This aggressive behavior is the foundation for the one of the escalating problems that our youth are facing everyday. Youth between the ages of 12 and 24 have the highest risk of being victims of violence. Continue reading

Understanding Child Mistreatment

Understanding Child Mistreatment

“When it comes to damage, there is no real difference between physical, sexual and emotional abuse. All that distinguishes one from the other is the abuser’s choice of weapons.” – Andrew Vachss. There are many formal, accepted definitions of child mistreatment. The information in this article is intended as a basic guide to understanding child abuse and neglect. Continue reading

Talking to Your Child About Sexual Predators

Talking to Your Child About Sexual Predators

We receive many messages from the media, talk shows, television and the Internet regarding the existence of childhood sexual abuse. Unfortunately, there is not an equivalent amount of information on how to talk to your child about sexual abuse and how to prevent it. Most parents never think about talking to their child, and it is very common to be uncomfortable while talking to your child about this topic. Why not give your child all of the information they need to protect themselves? Continue reading

The Effects of the Decline of Physical Activity

The Effects of the Decline of Physical Activity

Kids don’t even have to walk to each other’s house to socialize these days; they can send text messages instead. Then there’s the allure of the television set. The first things some kids do when they come home from school is to park themselves in front of the “boob tube” where they’re glued until dinnertime, snacking while they watch their favorite television shows.
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Ways to Tell if Your Teen is Experimenting with Drugs

Ways to Tell if Your Teen is Experimenting with Drugs

Every young person will respond to drugs in ways that are particular to their temperaments and physiology. The key thing to look for is abrupt changes in behavior. Mood swings, for example, can be a giveaway. Your teen may be withdrawn and isolated one moment and then overly talkative and animated the next. Continue reading