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Raising A Sexually Responsible Teen
by Charles Wibbelsman, M.D.

The grim results of sexual irresponsibility are everywhere, not only in unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted disease statistics, but also in emotional upheaval, broken hearts and dreams. How can you raise your teen to be sexually responsible, so that he […]


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Is Your Teen Growing Up Too Fast?
by Charles Wibbelsman, M.D.

Beyond the normal amazement of how quickly time can fly, you may have the disquieting feeling that your teenager is growing up just a little “too fast.” Maybe you have a thirteen year old daughter who is dating a high […]


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“Risk Clusters” – What Are They?
by Charles Wibbelsman, M.D.

While many teens experiment with a cigarette, alcohol or drugs just once, and others confine their substance use entirely to cigarettes, the trend is toward risk clusters instead of one type of risk taking behavior. Recognizing a risk cluster can […]


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Diabetes
by Charles Wibbelsman, M.D.

It is estimated that one in every thousand young people under the age of seventeen has diabetes. How can you tell if your child or teenager might have this disease? Symptoms include: • Sudden, excessive hunger and thirst • Unexplained […]


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Hypochondria
by Charles Wibbelsman, M.D.

Your teen has colds, headaches, stomach aches and a host of other physical complaints. You may find yourself wondering if he is becoming a hypochondriac! The unique stresses of adolescence can make some teens appear to be hypochondriacs. • First, […]


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Special Medical Needs
by Charles Wibbelsman, M.D.

The teen years can be a time of special difficulty and risk for a teenager who has diabetes, asthma, or some other chronic disease. The teen with epilepsy fears that he may not be able to get a driver’s license. […]


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How To Help Your Teen’s Body Image
by Charles Wibbelsman, M.D.

Teenagers are highly conscious and critical of their own bodies. Many girls worry about being too fat, even when their weight is normal. Many boys worry about being too short. You can help your teen to develop a better body […]


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Boys Delayed Puberty: How To Ease Fears
by Charles Wibbelsman, M.D.

Everyone has his or her own normal biological time table for pubertal development. Some boys, for example, show signs of puberty while still in elementary school, while others can get well into high school still looking like little boys. Being […]


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New Year’s Resolutions for Parents and Teens
by Kathy McCoy, Ph.D.

While most New Year’s resolutions are made to be broken, you and your teen might resolve, day by day, during the coming year, to improve your relationship with the following resolutions: 1. We will listen to each other. Each of […]


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Christmas Message: The Best Christmas Gift You Can Give Your Teen
by Kathy McCoy, Ph.D.

Even though the shopping days may have dwindled down to none, even though your family may already have opened a variety of gifts, there is still one more Christmas gift you can give your teenager today that can make this […]


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