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Surviving the Holidays

Thanksgiving dinner can be great if you’ve got fun family traditions, delicious food, and scrumptious desserts to look forward to. But for many teens, dealing with the holidays is challenging. Maybe you go back and forth between divorced parents or, worse, miss seeing either your mom or dad. Or maybe you’ll be getting used to READ MORE

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Sleep: It’s NOT Overrated!

Teens are supposed to get 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night. Yet many feel lucky if they get 5 or 6. After finishing activities and way too much homework, many postpone going to bed so they can catch up with friends and check out their Facebook pages. Then, when you finally turn in, READ MORE

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Quieting Your Mind

Like many teens trying to keep up with busy schedules and heavy academic demands, you probably feel as if your mind is constantly “on.” It’s hard to focus because you’re distracted by thoughts and feelings constantly spinning around in your head. Also, it’s next to impossible to turn it all off when you want to READ MORE

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Stop Procrastinating!

Between now and the end of the school year is usually a crunch time, when teens feel pressured to do nightly homework while also finishing projects, writing papers, and studying for final exams. But many are honest enough to admit that they make this stress even worse by procrastinating. Instead of getting down to work READ MORE

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5 Things NOT to Say to Stressed Teens

Ask teens about school-related stress, and you’ll probably hear about seemingly endless piles of homework, nonstop tests, not enough time, too little sleep and, most worrisome, the sense that no matter what they do, it’ll never be enough. That they’ll never be enough. There are a myriad of practical strategies that can effectively reduce stress READ MORE

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Comebacks

By Roni Cohen-Sandler, Ph.D. “Shut up!” your daughter says, words that instantly make you flinch. You can’t help but think, “This is not the sort of language we use in our home!” or “I would never have been so rude and disrespectful to my mother!” Or is your daughter just trying out new ways of READ MORE

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Competition

By Roni Cohen-Sandler, Ph.D. The sheer number of young people today is causing your daughter’s generation to compete more for coveted spots in private schools, sports teams, colleges, internships, and jobs. As a result, girls often feel daily pressure to beat out their peers, to be seen as the absolute greatest, and even to become READ MORE

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Underage Drinking

Girls today are more likely to drink—and to start when they are younger. If your daughter is already 12, it may seem unbelievable, but she has reached the average age when kids take their first drink. By age 14, the odds climb to one in three that she has tried alcohol. For the first time READ MORE

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To Snoop or Not to Snoop: Staying Informed About Our Teens

Picture your teenage daughter or son bursting in the door and eagerly describing all the specifics you’ve been dying for: who she sits with at lunch, what prompted his friends’ detention, how she really feels about the guy who’s been calling, what he’s really been up to after school. Once and for all, you would READ MORE

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Summer Days: Sending Preteens Off to Camp

The first, notable step toward independence, whether it is a maiden sleepover, solo trip to grandparents, or summer camp experience, can challenge girls—not to mention their parents. It is perfectly natural for tweens and even teens to feel pangs of homesickness when they miss their friends, families, pets, and the comforts of familiar surroundings. By READ MORE

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