Category Archives: Relationships and Dating

Academic Performance and Drug Use Among Teens Who Date

Dating is a big part of being a teenager. Movies, pop music, books, and social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook glorify teen love, teen crushes, being boy-crazy, girl-crazy, or non-binary they/them crazy. To be clear, by crazy we mean obsessed, and by obsessed we don’t mean clinically. We mean the can’t-stop-thinking-about-my-crush kind of obsession, […]

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Do All Teens Date?

If you’re a teenager, you’ve probably thought about dating. Maybe you’ve decided you don’t want to date at all, maybe you’ve decided you want to date some, and maybe you’ve decided you want to date a lot. We have some good news for you: no matter which category you’re in, you have company. This means […]

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: #1Thing

Early Roots: Protecting Families In 1981, advocates for women and children created Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) to raise awareness about domestic violence and spread reliable facts and knowledge about its prevalence and consequences. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) is the product of that same awareness and advocacy movement. The goals of DVAM and […]

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I Caught My Teen Sexting. Now What?

You might have gotten the call from another parent, who was appalled. Or the school administrator. Or maybe you found out about it yourself. Inadvertently saw some of the photos on your teen’s phone. Read some of the racy texts. How you discovered it doesn’t matter. Ultimately, you caught your teen sexting. Help! My Teen […]

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Do You Speak Teen? Secret Code Words Your Adolescent is Using for Sex and Drugs

If you’re a parent of a teen, you may often wrinkle your forehead in confusion while speaking with your adolescent. It can be even more confusing when you hear your teen talk to others, or try to read their texts. If you’re not familiar with teen slang, some of their exchanges may seem unfamiliar or […]

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So Your Teen Has A Valentine’s Day Date (And You Don’t Like It)

Parents:  So Your Teen Has A Valentine’s Day Date You’re there. The day you knew was coming. Your teenager is going out on their first real date, and it’s on February 14th: Valentine’s Day. You’re freaking out. You tell your friends about it, and they say things like: “How cute!” “That’s adorable!” “Exciting!” And all […]

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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: Know the Facts

On October 5th, 2017, the dam broke. Journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey published this article in The New York Times detailing three decades of sexual misconduct by the influential Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein. The story featured an interview with celebrity actress Ashley Judd, who recounted experiences with Weinstein during which he attempted to […]

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