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Reading Ideas For Parents of Teens
by Evelyn Petersen

Many parents write to me for advice or guidelines to use when their children start dating. I have not found a sample dating contract among my professional books, but there is a book that might help you to develop one. […]


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Dealing Effectively with Moody Teenagers
by Evelyn Petersen

At about 15 many teens go through a period of being introspective and moody. They seem to be thinking through how they feel about themselves and figuring out how this perception matches with what others think of them. Most of […]


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Tips on Communicating with Adolescents and Teens
by Evelyn Petersen

Busy, overloaded days often make us unaware that family communication is suffering. Congratulations to those parents who take notice and want to improve the situation. However maybe it is more the “what” than the “how” that’s the problem. For example, […]


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Helping Teens Find Summer Jobs
by Evelyn Petersen

Does your teenage son want a summer job? Are you wondering how to convince him that he needs to start doing something about it right now? Teens looking for summer work should start serious job hunting tactics no later than […]


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Spanking Teens
by Evelyn Petersen

Spanking teaches the use of fear and power over someone more vulnerable than yourself. Is this what you really want your child to learn and to practice when she is an adult? You say “it seems to work”. Well, I […]


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Teenage Drinking and Driving
by Evelyn Petersen

This is the season for graduation parties, and we all know that some teen graduates will drink, drive, and die during these celebrations. Sometimes parents just assume that their teens know how they feel about drinking and driving, or about […]


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Difficult Teens
by Vicki Lansky

I believe in being the wall against which kids must push up against and that parenting is not a popularity contest. I think it’s usually safe to talk to one’s feelings ( i.e., “I need to talk about our confrontation. […]


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“Huffing” Inhalants
by Evelyn Petersen

Inhalants are a group of volatile (breathable) substances abused by sniffing/inhaling. These are legal substances, most of which are found in everyday household products; not normally thought of as drugs, they have drug-like effects on users. Regulation for misuse is […]


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Sloppy Teens
by Evelyn Petersen

Q — After eight years of living with his mother, my 16-year- old son has decided to move in with me. Sharing my apartment with him and his belongings is a shock! I feel guilty about resenting him for intruding. […]


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Painful Erection / Curvature of Penis
by Charles Wibbelsman, M.D.

It is normal for a male to experience pain with an erection. Often this pain is related to having an erection that is prolonged in time. That is an erection that might last 20 or 30 minutes can be painful. […]


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