Kids who seemed confident throughout childhood struggle to maintain self-assurance during the teen years. For many, adolescence is filled with self-doubt, a questionable body-image, and insecurity. The good news is, you ...
The data come from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual survey of 12- to 17-year-olds from all 50 states that is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and ...
I am the father of four very patient teenagers, two still living at home. They indulge my stream of dad jokes with a wry, sympathetic smile. My unfavorable comparison of their ...
Teens are usually under a lot of pressure and it’s easy for their peers, teachers, parents and siblings to erode their self-confidence. They often have to deal with unrealistic expectations set ...
Parents often think teenagers are overly obsessed with their best friends. They should let them be. New research published in the journal Child Development shows that teens aged 15 and 16 ...
In their younger years, they were inseparable. They begged for playdates, planned out sleepovers, coordinated afterschool activities, and just seemed to find genuine joy in each other’s company. It was a ...
Low self-esteem is common in teens, but it can be difficult to determine whether low self-esteem is a symptom of something more. Luckily, you can have a positive influence on your ...
Many teenagers I work with feel hurt or sad about being excluded from friendship groups. Usually one or more of their “friends” has done or said something to leave them feeling ...
When kids are young, parents are used to swooping in and rescuing them whenever they need help. As your kids get older and their problems become more complex, you have to ...
There are reasons why teen girls struggle to communicate with confidence. Teen girls today are faced with more pressure than ever before. Not only do they have to juggle academic pressures, ...
Friendship—that close connection with another person which allows us to feel valued and cared for—is vital at any stage of life. The need for love and belonging has long been established ...
We’re starting to prefer our faces with filters on them to the point that we can hardly bear our real appearances. Most of us have had the experience of running our ...
Alcohol appears to be one of social media’s most popular influencers of all. A new study finds that teens who “like” alcohol-related social media posts tend to have issues with alcohol. ...
Despite the impending regulations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), more and more teens continue to vape because they think it’s “cool.” As the popularity of this new craze continues ...
The father of the teen accused of fatally shooting 10 people Friday at a Texas high school has defended his son as a “solid boy” and said he suspected the 17-year-old ...
Dubbed the Youth Portal, the tool is intended to give teens tips and tricks so that they can better understand how to control their Facebook settings, like determining who is allowed ...
Lawmakers are considering a variety of approaches to stem an epidemic that makes suicide the third leading cause of death among New Jersey’s young people: Training school workers to recognize the ...
It’s the kind of story that leaves parents of food-allergic children baffled and nervous – a schoolyard bully waving an offending snack in a vulnerable kid’s face. Over the past eight ...
A teenage brain is a fascinating, still-changing place. There’s a lot going on: Social awareness, risk-taking, peer pressure; all are heightened during this period. Until relatively recently, it was thought that ...
Rowan Blanchard was 14 years old when she made headlines for a social media post in which she shared that she struggles with depression. The activist and actor, then starring on ...
According to a new study by Stanford researchers, adolescents who have health-oriented food rules at home are more likely to make healthy eating decisions on their own. The finding is good ...
Teen stress and anxiety is a growing epidemic. One-third of adolescents report feeling anxiety to a significant degree, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, and 62 percent of college ...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Prom night is a milestone in most teenagers lives, but unfortunately the special evening usually coincides with alcohol consumption and other dangerous behaviors. With prom season in full ...
Sweaty athletes are often seen in commercials reaching for a sports drink for rehydration or electrolyte replacement. Yet many public health organizations are warning that sports drinks are a source of ...
The American Cancer Society (ACS) says Missouri’s rate of melanoma cases has doubled in the last nine years. Nationwide, skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer. The organization says the ...
Teenagers: They’re complex creatures. You couldn’t pay most of us to relive our teenage years — and probably with good reason. I bet if you thought back to your experience as ...
There has been a marked decline in the numbers of young Irish people smoking, according to a new study. The peer-reviewed medical journal BMJ Open studied the 15-16 age group and ...
(Reuters Health) – For teen girls, being called “fat” by friends or family may contribute to later developing eating disorders, and the harsh word from family members seems to carry the ...
New Jersey has beefed up efforts to prevent suicide in schools and on college campuses in recent years, and the rate of these tragic deaths remains well below the national norm. ...
Woe the teenager smoking weed. That’s the view of many policymakers, social observers and others frowning upon efforts to legalize recreational marijuana use in New Jersey. They worry in a weed-legal ...