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Puberty: Discussions with Your Daughter

Puberty: Discussions with Your Daughter It is best to be honest and to have multiple little talks or discussions with your daughter about what to expect during puberty and menstruation. One big talk can be overwhelming and a lot of information to process!  The best time to have these discussions is before any changes take […]

Puberty and Your Son

Puberty and Your Son As a parent, it is important to talk to your son about puberty and expected body changes before they occur.  Parents may feel awkward at times discussing puberty with their children, but being open and honest about puberty allows room for discussion and questions. If you treat the idea of puberty […]

Alcohol: Time to Talk!

Alcohol: Time to Talk! Alcohol is the substance most abused by teenagers.  Alcohol abuse is responsible for the most injuries and deaths from accidents, homicides, and suicides among teens.  As parents, we must acknowledge that at some point our child will be exposed to alcohol in one way or another. Have you talked to your […]

Talking to your teen about drugs

Talking to your Teen about Drugs Talking to your teenager may at times feel like talking to a wall, but the truth is they hear more than you think!  As a parent, if you talk to your kids about the harms of drugs, you will not regret it.  What you will regret is not talking to […]

Money Management and Your Teen

Money Management and Your Teen Below are some tips for your older child or teen and how to manage money taken from www.healthychildren.org: When children have their own money to manage — whether it’s a weekly allowance, a clothing budget or a set amount of spending money for vacation  — they gain control over their finances […]

Your Teen and Responsibility

Your Teen and Responsibility If your child is now a teen that means they are nearing the young adult years. Are they going to be responsible enough to thrive under the demands of adulthood? Here are some ideas to help encourage responsibility: Do Less: Parents need to stop doing things for their teens, like making lunch or […]

Kids & Tech: Tips for Parents in the Digital Age from the AAP

Kids & Tech: Tips for Parents in the Digital Age from the AAP Here are a few tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help parents manage the digital side of raising children: • Treat media as you would any other environment in your child’s life. Set limits; kids need and expect them. […]

Latest HPV news

Over 40% of Americans have genital HPV infection and over 10% have oral HPV infection as adults leading to tens of thousands of cancers a year.  The following links give details about what this means for our children and how we can protect them from this life-threatening infection. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/06/health/hpv-virus-survey-united-states.html?_r=0 https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/immunizations/Pages/Are-Your-Kids-Protected-from-Cancer-Caused-by-HPV.aspx

Acne Tips

Acne Tips Almost all teens get ‘zits’ at one time or another. Here are some things you can do to keep it under control. Do’s and Don’ts of Acne Management Be patient and persistent. Stick closely to your skin regimen and keep in mind can take up to 4 weeks before you note improvement in […]

E-cigarette Health Risks

In the shadow of vast anti-smoking campaigns, e-cigarettes arose as a possible “healthy” alternative to traditional cigarette products. However youth-targeted advertising campaigns have resulted in very high rates of teenage e-cigarette usage at the same time as academic research is beginning to show negative health risks of e-cigarette use. Many parents and teens have questions […]