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What Are The Effects of Cyberbullying on Teens?

What Are The Effects of Cyberbullying on Teens?

What are the effects of cyberbullying on teenage mental health? Research shares that nearly half of teens (46 percent) say they are online almost constantly -- which means they are more at risk for cyber-victimization.  Unlike bullying in person which can be contained...

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How To Choose A Therapeutic Boarding School

How To Choose A Therapeutic Boarding School

How to choose the right therapeutic boarding school or residential treatment center for your teen and family is very challenging.  A simple online search of "therapeutic boarding schools" yields over three million results! Since 2001 we've been helping parents...

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Preventing Teenage Obesity

Preventing Teenage Obesity

What are things you can do at home to prevent teenage obesity? Being overweight or obese can be defined as excessive or abnormal accumulation of weight that can be a risk to health. A body mass index (BMI) of more than 25 is considered overweight, and above 30 is...

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5 Tips to Keep Teens Safe While Gaming

5 Tips to Keep Teens Safe While Gaming

At some point in your child’s teenage years, they will play video games. It’s inevitable. Whether they are playing recreationally with friends, playing for entertainment alone or entering esports competitions, at some point, they will play video games. Today, video...

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Where Can I Send A Troubled Teenager?

Where Can I Send A Troubled Teenager?

Parenting a difficult teen can be more than challenging, it can drive you mad and the entire household becomes a warzone. You reach a point where you have exhausted your skills as a parent -- no matter how hard you try, your teenager becomes more rebellious and...

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How to Help Your Teen Quit Vaping

How to Help Your Teen Quit Vaping

Teen vaping has become an epidemic. Vaping has become a major concern for most parents today. If you’ve discovered that your teen is vaping, it’s only natural to feel a range of emotions. As an adult we understand the dangers and risks involved with vaping. But...

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What is the Goal of Residential Treatment?

What is the Goal of Residential Treatment?

Making the decision to choose residential treatment for your problem teen is a major emotional and financial decision. One big question parents want to know is, what is the goal of residential treatment and why is it any different than getting help at home? When you...

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Why Group Therapy Benefits Troubled Teens

Why Group Therapy Benefits Troubled Teens

How Group Therapy Can Help Your Struggling Teen     Group therapy has several advantages, especially for young people. Being with others that are feeling at a loss, possibly withdrawn from their family and friends, can help them realize they're not alone in...

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Why Do Teens Fail in School?

Why Do Teens Fail in School?

Is your smart teen failing in school? Underachieving? Not doing their homework? Finding out your smart teen has failing grades and may not be passing can be extremely stressful and frustrating. Failed classes lead to a lower GPA as well as may delay them graduating...

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Five Ways to Teach Your Teen About Money

Five Ways to Teach Your Teen About Money

In a perfect world, money would always be abundant, and we could without having to worry about budgeting. Unfortunately, unless you're born into money or made a mint, that usually isn't the case. What's worse is that with the ever-increasing cost of living, even teens...

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5 Signs of Teenage Substance Abuse

5 Signs of Teenage Substance Abuse

Is your teen doing drugs? What are the warning signs your teenager might be addicted to drugs? Whether it’s vaping, smoking marijuana or taking pills – more and more young people are self-medicating to ease stress, depression and anxiety. Substance abuse can also...

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9 Ways to Prevent Teen Texting and Driving

9 Ways to Prevent Teen Texting and Driving

As a parent of a teenager, you must be aware of how precious their phone is to them. Teens are always on their phones regardless of what they are doing. Whether it is studying, watching TV, or playing, it is becoming difficult for teens to leave their phones...

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5 Tips to Keep Teens Safe From Drugs Online

5 Tips to Keep Teens Safe From Drugs Online

Drug dealers have turned to the internet and social media apps like Snap Chat to find customers during the pandemic, causing youth drug deaths to soar. Social media is almost exclusively how teens and young adults are getting illicit pills now, and about 90% of these...

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My Teen Is Refusing Therapy

My Teen Is Refusing Therapy

What do you do if your teen is refusing to attend therapy? First understand you are not alone. You can feel powerless when you know your teen needs therapy, yet they refuse to go. You can feel powerless when you know your teen needs therapy, yet they refuse to go....

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How to Motivate My Lazy Teenager

How to Motivate My Lazy Teenager

From teenagers to young adults, more parents are complaining about their child's lack of motivation, underachieving and under-performing -- especially when it pertains to their schoolwork.     Laziness has become the new normal for some teens and it's extremely...

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Does Your Teen Want to Drop Out of School?

Does Your Teen Want to Drop Out of School?

Reasons Teens Want to Quit School   More and more parents are facing either their teenager wanting to drop out of school or their young adult wanting to quit college. In some situations it can start as early as middle school -- your young teen will start skipping...

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How Music Therapy Heals Troubled Teens

How Music Therapy Heals Troubled Teens

Music therapy helps teenage mental health.  From stress relief and self-soothing to emotion regulation and physiological benefits, music plays a powerful role in mental health and well-being for many people. For teens, music often takes on an even greater...

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Why Short Talks Build Strong Relationships

Why Short Talks Build Strong Relationships

Did you know that spending 15 minutes a day listening and talking with your child can help build the foundation for a strong relationship and provide support that he/she can come to you with a problem? Whether they are being pressured by peers to try drugs or harassed...

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How to Deal With An Explosive Teen

How to Deal With An Explosive Teen

Does your teens' anger lead to explosive behavior? If your family walks on eggshells to avoid triggering an explosive, unpredictable, sometimes violent reaction from your teen, it's possible they may be suffering with Intermittent Explosive Disorder.   ...

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My Teen Needs Social Skills

My Teen Needs Social Skills

Is your teen socially awkward? Does your teen need social skills? Maybe they have spent so much time digitally connected -- texting rather than in-person interaction. Having the ability to connect and chat via social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok...

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How to Connect With My Withdrawn Teen

How to Connect With My Withdrawn Teen

Has your teen withdrawn from their friends and even your family? Some teens withdraw from their family if they feel misunderstood or unaccepted. In this case, the family is at risk of a broken relationship. Withdrawal can also be a sign of mental illness, trauma, or...

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How to Stop Teen Sibling Conflict

How to Stop Teen Sibling Conflict

Why does my teen hate their sibling? Parents must be able to distinguish between healthy sibling conflict and damaging abuse. Sibling rivalry is a normal, and mostly harmless, part of growing up. Siblings often compete without anyone getting hurt. These sometimes...

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How to Handle Teen Destructive Behavior

How to Handle Teen Destructive Behavior

Is your teen's destructive behavior breaking your family? Maybe you removed their smartphone, possibly shut-down the gaming devices -- or told them they couldn't attend a party and suddenly your home becomes a warzone. Parents today feel like they are walking on...

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How to Support Your Teen Battling Depression

How to Support Your Teen Battling Depression

Depression is a serious illness. Helping your teen learn coping skills through depression is imperative. Those who suffer from it may lose interest in the activities that mattered most to them in the past, experience deep and constant sadness, and find it hard to stay...

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Why Behavioral Therapy Can Help Your Teen

Why Behavioral Therapy Can Help Your Teen

How behavior therapy can help your troubled teen? Behavioral therapy is an umbrella term for types of therapy that treat mental health disorders. This form of therapy looks to identify and help change potentially self-destructive or unhealthy behaviors. It’s based on...

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Ways to Improve Your Teen’s Mental Health

Ways to Improve Your Teen’s Mental Health

4 Health and Wellbeing Tips to Help Your Teen's Mental Health   It is important that throughout life we take the time to look after both our minds and our bodies. There are many helpful tips and tricks out there that can help maintain your health and well-being...

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Smile and Succeed Book for Teens

Smile and Succeed Book for Teens

A Crash Course in Face-to-Face Communication   Is your teen prepared for the real world of personal communication? Set your kids up to succeed with the lost art of social and job skills.   "Smile & Succeed for Teens is a fantastic resource to help teens...

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How to Prevent Teen Internet Addiction

How to Prevent Teen Internet Addiction

"My teen is addicted to the internet!"  How many parents struggle with their teen's addiction to their cell-phone (internet) and specifically social media platforms?  This is a growing concern not only in families, but with educators and therapists. Excess screen-time...

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ReThink the Internet

ReThink the Internet

How to Make the Digital World a Lot Less Sucky   A new book, ReThink the Internet, by Trisha Prabhu is a must have (read) for all tweens and teens!   Yes, parents absolutely should read it too! It's time to:   Stop hate. Promote Kindness. Be an...

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Where Do Bullies Learn to Be So Mean?

Where Do Bullies Learn to Be So Mean?

Could Your Teen Be a Bully?   Imagine being a fly on the wall in your daughter’s elementary school class. The teacher introduces a new boy who has just moved into town and then asks the kids to welcome him to the class. It’s obvious that he’s uncomfortable. After...

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What Is Wilderness Therapy?

What Is Wilderness Therapy?

Does Your Troubled Teen Need Wilderness Therapy? What is wilderness therapy? Wilderness therapy is an experiential form of therapy that combines outdoor experiences and therapy sessions.  If you hired an educational consultant that you paid thousands of dollars for,...

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How to Help Your Teen With Panic Attacks

How to Help Your Teen With Panic Attacks

Does your teen suffer with panic attacks? Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder that causes a person’s brain to suddenly go into fight-or-flight mode at any given moment, even though there’s no actual threat or danger.   Most teens experience moments of...

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What Is a Therapeutic Boarding School?

What Is a Therapeutic Boarding School?

Does my teen need a therapeutic boarding school? Has your struggling teen been referred to a therapeutic boarding school? Maybe you have exhausted your local resources -- therapy at home isn't working, you have tried outpatient treatment that failed? A short hospital...

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