The summer is winding down, and school is right around the corner. That means you’re going from a summertime schedule that probably involves work, seeing friends, or travelling, back to the ...
Having good friends can help boost your emotional wellbeing. Good friends do more than just making you feel happy, they are there for you when things get tough, and help support ...
There are lots of things you might need to talk with your parents about including your mental health, sex and relationships, situations you need help with or fights with friends. There ...
Is it good to be in the middle? Sometimes it’s not, like when you’re in the middle seat on a long car ride. But sometimes it is, like when you’re in ...
Our emotions influence practically every decision we make. On the one hand, that’s a very good thing. Instead of leading a robotic existence, our feelings and emotions motivate and inspire us. ...
Peer pressure is commonly associated with teens. However, people of all ages and backgrounds can fall victim to negative influences, especially when alcohol is involved. Knowing more about peer pressure, how ...
The warmth, relaxation and the flexibility that summer brings can be an exciting time for filled with vacations and sunshine. But for some, summer months can have the potential to trigger ...
As you get older, you are starting to make your own decisions about many things that are important to you. You select what you wear every day, listen to music that ...
Being a parent is hard. Being a parent to a teenager is even harder. In this week’s ‘Teen Talk’ column, a young adult shares how parents can connect better with their ...
Parents and friends play different roles in the life of a teen. Where friends will introduce them to new ideas and ways of doing things, you can provide a secure grounding ...
Our parental instincts drive us to protect our children. Given a choice we’d bubble wrap them. But we can’t. We can, however, prepare them to navigate the world. We can support ...
Although your middle schooler is becoming more independent and is increasingly involved in activities outside the family, you should and must remain the most influential person in his life. Through your ...
No parent wants to hear that her child is a bully. It’s painful to think of your child inflicting harm on other kids. But bullying is also a serious issue for ...
Empathy is at the heart of what it means to be human. It’s a foundation for acting ethically, for good relationships of many kinds, for loving well, and for professional success. ...
While this is a welcomed and exciting change, family therapists know transitions can be emotional and tough for our school-aged children. Even though most of us associate the end of the ...
If you’re very anxious, maybe it’s embarrassing to admit that things that seem easy for other people are very hard — actually painful — for you. Maybe you already feel like ...
Being bullied is hurtful, scary and confusing. When bullying is aggressive and physical, it can be dangerous. When it’s emotional – like name calling, or cyberbullying – it’s easy to feel ...
Social media has gotten a bad rap. Studies have linked it to teen depression, anxiety, and even increased suicide attempts. But that doesn’t mean that social media is inherently bad. At ...
As a society, we often act like communicating is something we should just know how to do, like walking or breathing. In reality though, healthy communication can be tough! It’s a ...
Are trying to get into your dream college? Start a new club at school? Develop a community project that will make a difference? Hoping to make the varsity team next year? ...
What are you feeling, right now, as you start to read this? Are you curious? Hopeful that you’ll learn something about yourself? Bored because this is something you have to do ...
As we all know too well, name–calling, cruel taunts, cyberbullying, and physical bullying happen every day to kids across the country. When your child is being bullied, it’s hard to concentrate ...
When children are chronically anxious, even the most well-meaning parents can fall into a negative cycle and, not wanting a child to suffer, actually exacerbate the youngster’s anxiety. It happens when ...
It should come as no surprise that the pressure to be available 24/7 on social media is a very real challenge for today’s teenagers. Aside from the fact that their grasp ...
Healthy relationships are something all parents want for their children. In pre-school, we teach them how to be a good friend and how to play well with others. In the elementary ...
We know that teens and young adults are busy. You may not always have the time or tools (looking at you, college students) to plan and cook meals. When you’re running ...
Practicing self-care routines at a young age can reduce the risk of developing mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. The earlier your child learns self-care, the more likely they are ...
Experimenting and rebellion are hallmarks of the teenage years that sometimes lead to drug and alcohol use. If you suspect your child might be falling prey to a substance use disorder, ...
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For many of us, the dangers of excessive alcohol drinking has been drilled into our brains since a young age. Drinking irresponsibly can lead to poor decision-making: everything from getting behind ...