Many parents want to know what they can teach their children to keep them safe. While stranger danger lessons are important, children are far more likely to be in danger from ...
The short- and long-term consequences that arise from underage alcohol consumption are astonishing in their range and magnitude, affecting adolescents, the people around them, and society as a whole. Adolescence is ...
Our teens are busy. They’re exploring their place in the world, they’re experimenting with their independence and influence, and they’re starting to discover the types of adults they want to become. ...
Controlling people seek power over others by reducing their partners’ confidence and stature. Here are the 10 most toxic forms of control in relationships, with examples of each behavior: 1) Coercing ...
Many parents can see their teens floundering, but aren’t sure what to do about it. They might overdo and become intrusive (which causes their children to want to push them away) ...
Your teenager has confided in you this week. She told you that she can’t stop thinking that she’ll fail her next set of exams. The thoughts won’t leave her and the ...
Opiates are among the most abused drugs in the United States as they’re easy to get hold of, readily prescribed, and very addictive–a dangerous combination. Opiates include numerous substances such as ...
Are you wondering if your employee, co-worker, or friend may be suffering from depression? The words he or she choose may provide a big clue. Obviously, if you’re not a medical ...
Being the friend or family member of an abused person is never easy. Staying connected with the victim despite your view that she or he should “just leave” takes an even ...
Anxiety can be a shady character and can often appear in ways that don’t look like anxiety. Because of this, it can be difficult to know when your child is anxious. ...
Myths About Sexual Assault Each year, Vera House helps more than 700 people who have been sexually assaulted. More than half of these victims are children younger than 18. Yet most ...
For a word that didn’t even exist a decade ago, ‘selfies’ have made their way into our everyday, as though a selfie shaped space has been reserved all this time, just ...
The infamous teenage years are prime time for trying new things and asserting one’s independence. As teens transition into adulthood, they often become tempted by adult activities. They want to follow ...
Shortly after President Trump declared the opioid overdose crisis a national emergency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that from 2014 to 2015 the drug overdose rate increased 19 ...
Body image is about how you feel about your body, not about how your body looks. We all have a body image and we all have to work towards feeling good ...
Lucy talks about the importance of putting your mental health first through times of university stress. – Lucy If you are a University student, you will probably be able to relate ...
Harriet shares personal experience and tips for applying to University with a pre-existing mental health condition. -Harriet Among the inevitable worry about remembering to pack the right things, successfully finding your ...
Before you decide to have sex or if you are already having sex, you need to know how to stay healthy. Even if you think you know everything you need to ...
Make no mistake. Your kids are under more academic demands than you were. For better or for worse, the learning curve is steeper, and they have to study more than we ...
A Whole New World Beckons Teens A whole new and enchanting world opens up to teens as sexuality and romance loom large during the adolescent years. Biological and social drives catapult ...
This site is primarily a resource for people who are shy and socially awkward themselves. This article is one of a handful on how to help someone else in your life ...
One evening my sons came home with the same exclamation, “It’s amazing how many kids hate their parents!” We talked for an hour or so about why, and I’ve interviewed several ...
Advances in technology mean today’s teens are facing issues that no previous generation has ever seen. While some issues are not exactly new, electronic media has changed or amplified some of ...
JEFFERSON CITY — Dorinda Padgett doesn’t want Missourians to go through what happened to her and her husband. Padgett, a 72-year-old retired administrative assistant from Lee’s Summit, lost her husband, Larry, ...
That’s almost $2,300 a year that you could be saving or spending on other things like clothes, a car, or something fun! Nicotine Makes Tobacco Use Addictive Nicotine in tobacco causes ...
Anticipate potential problems or risks with your child Having conversations about phone use and cyberbullying before any problems arise can set the tone that you are open and will be thoughtful, ...
When kids are electronically (cyber) bullied, it can be hard for parents to detect, until it becomes an overwhelming issue. A cyberbully can be a close friend or a faceless entity, ...
Students with a behavioral, emotional, or developmental disability are at a greater risk for bullying – in fact, according to a study published in the American Academy of Pediatrics (2006), the ...
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 ...