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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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Do You Suspect Your Teen Is Using Drugs?

Do You Suspect Your Teen Is Using Drugs?

"I Think My Teen Is Using Drugs"   When safety trumps privacy, it's time to snoop. Let's face it, teenagers can be very sleek at concealing what they are doing. Parents have a difficult task of keeping up with their teen's activities, grades, friends and...

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How to Handle My College Teen Using Drugs

How to Handle My College Teen Using Drugs

Do you suspect your college teen is doing drugs? Has your teen (young adult) moved back home from college for the summer? Your family is likely thrilled to have them under your roof again, but may be experiencing a bit of tension, fueled by your undergrad’s emotional...

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How to Plan Your Teen’s Surprise Party

How to Plan Your Teen’s Surprise Party

Planning the Perfect Surprise Party for Your Teen: A Step-By-Step Guide It’s no secret that raising a teenager can be difficult. They’re in the process of figuring out who they are, and they often push their parents away as they try to establish their independence....

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How Art Therapy Benefits Troubled Teens

How Art Therapy Benefits Troubled Teens

Art therapists are specially trained in both psychological and artistic principles. This training directs them in choosing the materials and focus appropriate to a teens' specific needs.   Many residential treatment centers now use art therapy to help teenagers...

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How to Help My Teen Handle Cyberbullying

How to Help My Teen Handle Cyberbullying

How can you help your teen handle cyberbullying? Developing digital resilience will help your teen handle online bullying and cruelty. We are facing a time when kids of all ages struggle with thoughts of suicide. According to one study, young people that are...

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The Sleep Deprived Teen

The Sleep Deprived Teen

Why Our Teenagers Are So Tired, and How Parents and Schools Can Help Them Thrive   (Healthy sleep habits, Sleep patterns, Teenage sleep)   An Eye-Opening Parenting Guide for Better Teenage Sleep     In The Sleep-Deprived Teen, parenting journalist...

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Talking To Teens About Tragedy

Talking To Teens About Tragedy

Many of us remember Columbine and Sandy Hook as if it was yesterday. Since then the number of shootings, including school tragedies is overwhelming. It never gets easier to hear about, but what's more concerning is the impact that it's having on our young people. News...

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How to Deal With My Teen Being Arrested

How to Deal With My Teen Being Arrested

A parent’s worst fear is getting that phone call from school or in the middle of the night, notifying you that your teenager has been arrested or is facing legal issues. Unfortunately, there are circumstances in which this is a possibility.  Was it public...

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Why Does My Teen Yell and Scream at Me

Why Does My Teen Yell and Scream at Me

Adolescents are growing and changing. And the hormones that drive puberty can have a big impact on mood. When teens seem like they’re overreacting it’s important to remember that they’re less able to manage big feelings, like anger, than adults are.   While "rage...

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Why Is My Teen Hanging With the Wrong Crowd

Why Is My Teen Hanging With the Wrong Crowd

Is your teen hanging with the wrong crowd? Your teen’s friends and peer group have tremendous influence: they are a major contributor to the behavioral choices your teen makes.  Why is my teen gravitating to a less than desirable group of friends? For teens that...

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How to Deal With Teen Manipulation

How to Deal With Teen Manipulation

Teenage manipulation is also a form of bullying. Parenting teens is challenging today, dealing with an manipulative teenager can be extremely frustrating and draining. Not only are young people capable of bullying their friends, but many teens also bully their...

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How to Help Your Teen Handle Peer Pressure

How to Help Your Teen Handle Peer Pressure

Why does my teen choose the wrong peers? Acceptance can be everything to a teenager. Peer pressure can lead your teen in either a good direction or in some cases, making very poor choices. For example if your teen's good friend suggests favorite TV shows, movies or...

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How to Handle Teenage Lying

How to Handle Teenage Lying

It can be extremely frustrating when our teens lie. Many of us remember being youths ourselves and not being completely honest with our parents, but today we are dealing with so much more -- especially when young people have an entire life online in addition to their...

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How to Know If My Teen Is Narcissist

How to Know If My Teen Is Narcissist

Is my teen a narcissist? The term "narcissist" is usually used to describe someone who is vain, as opposed to someone who has a narcissistic personality disorder—which is a diagnosable mental health condition. People with narcissistic personality disorder have...

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What to Do When Your Teen Hates You

What to Do When Your Teen Hates You

Why Does My Teen Hate Me? My teens says, "I hate you!" Many of us have been there, especially if you are visiting this site. No matter how great a parent you’ve been, at some point, your teenager will pull away from you. The good news is that this is totally natural....

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How to Help Your Teen Build Self-Confidence

How to Help Your Teen Build Self-Confidence

Why does my teen have low self-esteem? How can I help my teen develop self-confidence? Confidence is the belief that you’ll be successful or that you’ve made the right choice in a particular situation. There's no doubt that teen's with a positive self-worth and...

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How to Know Your Teen Has Bipolar Disorder

How to Know Your Teen Has Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder in teens is often misdiagnosed. Since teens' first symptoms are often the same as someone suffering from major depressive disorder, they are often mislabeled as depressed or suffering from anxiety. Many children suffering from Attention Deficit...

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Raising Humans In A Digital World

Raising Humans In A Digital World

Raising Humans In A Digital World   Helping Teens Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology   Sexting, cyberbullying, revenge porn, online predators… all of these potential threats can tempt parents to snatch the smartphone or tablet right out of their...

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How to Deal With A Disrespectful Teenager

How to Deal With A Disrespectful Teenager

Are You Dealing With a Disrespectful Teenager?   The teen attitude can be extremely challenging, frustrating and completely maddening to parents. Teens can be verbally impulsive, however that doesn't mean they should get a free pass to talk back and behave...

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Why Teens Should Have Summer Jobs

Why Teens Should Have Summer Jobs

The Benefits of Summer Jobs for Teenagers   If your teenager is old enough to  apply for employment, it's time to encourage to get a summer job. There are many benefits to part-time summer work, and you may discover most teens will want to start earning their own...

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How Are Teens Buying Drugs Online

How Are Teens Buying Drugs Online

More Teens Are Buying Drugs Online   How is this happening?   Years ago when a teenager wanted to score drugs they didn't have look far, it was to their friends (negative peer group), classmates in school, at parties or even from our home medicine cabinet....

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How to Help Your Teenager Cope with Grief

How to Help Your Teenager Cope with Grief

Helping Your Teen Deal with Death   The death of a loved one can be a very stressful event for you and your teen. You may think, “How can I help him understand and cope when I am having trouble myself?”  When someone close to you dies, whether it was expected or...

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How to Help Your Teen Develop Empathy

How to Help Your Teen Develop Empathy

Teaching Your Teen the Importance of Empathy   Helping your teen develop empathy is important because it teaches them to reflect, observe and think about their own behavior and how it affects others. Empathy is the ability to understand the emotions of others....

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How to Deal With Teenage Attitude

How to Deal With Teenage Attitude

Why Does My Teen Have A Rude Attitude?   How to Handle Teen Attitude   Parenting teens can be extremely challenging, especially today when they are faced with the pressures of their online worlds colliding with their offline reality. These can be very delicate...

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How to Help Teen Trauma (PTSD)

How to Help Teen Trauma (PTSD)

PTSD is a mental health condition brought on by trauma. Someone that has been through a traumatic event or witnessed one, can experience PTSD for a long time if it goes untreated. It can cause a person (teenager) to have high levels of emotional, psychological, and...

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How to Stop Your Teen From Smoking

How to Stop Your Teen From Smoking

Why is my teen smoking? How can I convince my teen to stop smoking? Teen smoking might begin innocently, but it can become a long-term problem. In fact, most adult smokers started smoking as teens. In order to dissuade your teen from smoking or even starting this...

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How to Handle Your Teen Wanting a Tattoo

How to Handle Your Teen Wanting a Tattoo

What to Do When Your Teen Asks for a Tattoo   Years ago pediatricians considered tattoos a sign of risky behavior such as substance use or school truancy. Today that's no longer the case. They have become more acceptable, with more than a third of people ages 18...

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RESET Summer Camp for Digital Detox

RESET Summer Camp for Digital Detox

RESET SUMMER CAMP   Serious Help for Technology Addiction   Looking for a summer digital detox program that is both affordable and effective?   Welcome to Reset!   Digital Addiction   Today we are facing a time when teen depression is on the...

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5 Ways to Discipline a Troubled Teenager

5 Ways to Discipline a Troubled Teenager

5 Reasonable Ways to Discipline A Troubled Teenager   It's not easy raising teenagers today, and disciplining them has never been more difficult as it has become now. They will push parents to their limits and drive them to their wit's end.  As parents, you have...

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