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Signs of Teenage Depression
by Kathy McCoy, Ph.D.

Is your teenager depressed? The symptoms may be harder to spot than obvious blues. The following are some of the signs of teenage depression, and are most significant when they occur in combination and over a period lasting more than […]


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A Teenager’s Biggest Worry
by Charles Wibbelsman, M.D.

Adults often ask me, “What question do you hear most from teens?” The most frequent concern that teens have, and the one most often voiced by patients, and in letters from readers of our books is, “Am I normal?” This […]


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Recognizing The Need for Professional Help
by Kathy McCoy, Ph.D.

The prospect for seeking professional help from a family counselor, a psychologist, or psychiatrist can be a painful one. But your teen or your family may need professional help in the following instances: • One, if you’re caught up in […]


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Spanking Teens
by Evelyn Petersen

Parents who really believe that spanking is the only way to discipline usually continue to do it, no matter how many family counselors or parenting specialists advise against it. Parents who are unsure about ways to discipline, but who are […]


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Teen Fashion Guidelines: When to Let Your Child Take Control – Hair Highlighting
by Evelyn Petersen

First of all, let em state that I don’t believe that chronological age should be the determining factor in these decisions. It’s very normal for young teens to be paying lots of attention to their hair and appearance. The reasons […]


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Help! Why aren’t my teenager and I getting along?
by Evelyn Petersen

One of the most difficult times we face as parents is when our children enter their teen years. There are many reasons why our children seem quiet, rebellious or changed and sometimes understanding what it is they are going through […]


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Effective punishments for teens
by Evelyn Petersen

How does a parent keep a child from breaking the rules? Obviously, it is not always easy. Some form of effective punishment is essential to letting your teens know what you will and will not accept from them. One punishment […]


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Resources to help you talk to your child about sex
by Evelyn Petersen

If you are thinking about talking to your child about sex, but are looking for some support material to read first, here are a few suggestions. One very new book is called “Keys to Your Child’s Healthy Sexuality,“ by Dr. […]


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The Somotozing Child
by Kathy McCoy, Ph.D.

Question: What information is available on teens and hysteria (i.e.. conversion reactions, psychosomatic diseases, etc.) My daughter,15 has complained of pains throughout her body and has collapsed and has been brought to hospital. Our MD has indicated that it is […]


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Teaching Teens About Gift Giving
by Evelyn Petersen

Gift giving is an age old tradition as well as a reciprocal social courtesy that will be expected of your teen when he or she becomes an adult. It is in their best long term interest to start learning NOW […]


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