Category Archives: Parenting

Parental Controls: Teens Still See Pornography Despite Parents’ Best Intentions

Mental Health Distress in Teens Obsessed with Pornography Parenting a teenager in the internet age is challenging. Thirty years ago, it was possible to control a teenager’s access to media with relative ease. Smartphones did not exist. Most families had televisions, but most programming was PG, with the exception of cable TV, where blocking explicit […]

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The Risks of Social Media to Adolescent Mental Health

If you’re the parent of a teenager in the year 2021, there’s a good chance you worry about the impact of social media on their mental health. You have good reason to worry. Media headlines over the past several years have presented a consistent message: social media is bad for our teens. Data from reputable […]

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Social Media and Wellbeing: It’s Not That You Use It, It’s How You Use It

Shortly after social media platforms entered the national spotlight about ten years ago, critics began warning us that excessive time scrolling, posting, liking, and commenting on posts would lead to negative mental health consequences. Over the past ten years, various studies have examined the effect of social media use on well-being, with mixed results. Some […]

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Drugged Driving Rivals Dangers of Drunk Driving

Drugged driving doesn’t get as much national attention as drunk driving, but it’s every bit as dangerous. Like alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs impair teens’ ability to drive safely and are part of the reason motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death among young people. Experts warn that legalization may make the problem […]

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Anger Management for Teens

How to Help Teens Handle Powerful Emotions We all get angry sometimes. Some of us get angry often, while some of us have a sunny disposition by default. We don’t angry very often and don’t get bothered by much. Those of us who do get angry a lot learn how to manage that anger. If […]

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National Parents Day 2021: Sunday July 25th

Happy National Parent’s Day Moms and Dads! We have Mother’s Day in May and Father’s Day in June. Did you know we have National Parent’s Day in July? It’s true: we do. In 1994, President Clinton proposed that every fourth Sunday of July should serve as a special day to acknowledge the importance parents hold […]

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How to Get Your Teen to Talk to You When You’ve Burned Bridges in the Past

How to Rebuild and Restore Lines of Communication With Your Teen Parent-teen communication can be difficult. The changes of adolescence drive teens to seek new identities, separate and distinct from those they developed at home and at school before puberty. As they move through the stages of adolescence, their psychological and emotional needs transform at […]

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