How Parents Can Stop Mean Girl Behavior

How Parents Can Stop Mean Girl Behavior

It’s no secret that “mean girls” are younger than ever before. But how young? Their attacks and patterns are similar to what many of us with young daughters experienced in high school. It often starts small: Choosing to exclude another girl at recess or from a birthday party. A mean post online. Then, it escalates:… Read More

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5 Ways to Assert Rules with Your Teen

When your child was younger, he or she routinely looked to you for answers or assistance, from learning to tie his shoes to help with homework. That made you feel needed and loved — popular with your own child. Then everything changed: You parent a teen now who is not keen on all your rules.… Read More

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5 Unexpected Benefits of Saying No That Every Parent Should Know

5 Unexpected Benefits of Saying No That Every Parent Should Know

If you’re like many parents, the prospect of saying no to your children sometimes feels uncomfortable or difficult. The benefits of saying no are unknown. You may believe that it’s simply easier to cave in. After all, how bad is your daughter’s request for another scoop of ice cream? Or, how harmful is it to… Read More

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Teen DXM Abuse

3 Ways to Prevent Teen DXM Abuse

Your family medicine cabinet seems less threatening than hard drugs or alcohol abuse. However, consider this: Some teens turn to easily accessible over-the-counter cough medicine for a buzz. We’ll look at three ways to prevent teen DXM abuse. In this guest post, Anita Brikman, from the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, presents things parents can do… Read More

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How Parents Can Prevent Teen Medicine Abuse

What’s in your medicine cabinet that could lead to teen medicine abuse? The cough medicine—harmless, right? Yes, if taken as directed. However, the active ingredient in most over-the-counter cough medicines can produce serious side effects if taken excessively.… Read More

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When Does Mothering Become Smothering?

A parent’s impulse is to coddle, but how much is too much?

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Shyness: Biologically Based? A Mental Disorder? or A Quirk?

When and how should a child’s shyness be treated?
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“I Have to Have It!” 12 Tips for Deprogramming the Spoiled Child

Whether you’re training your very young child or facing off with a teen, you can deprogram spoiled children. … Read More

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5 Ways to Teach Men (and Boys) Not to Rape

In the wake of the Steubenville, Ohio rape trial, Zerlina Maxwell, a rape survivor and advocate for changing rape culture, offers a five-point plan to teach boys to respect girls and women and not to rape.… Read More

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Should Moms and Daughters be BFFs?

Today the lines between parent and child are increasingly blurred, with a noticeable number of mothers and daughters behaving like peers–swapping texts, clothes, music and, often, the intimate details of their sex lives. Such a strong bond brings with it an enviable sense of camaraderie and openness, but is there such as thing as being too close to your child?… Read More

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Trust Your Teen, But Not with the Medicine Cabinet: 9 Tips

Parents often think they can trust their children with over-the-counter medicine and prescription pills in the home, but here’s why they shouldn’t.… Read More

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Have You Had the Pot Talk with Your Teen? If Not, Why Not?

Most high schools offer sex-ed or health classes for teens that aren’t supposed to be having sex. Why don’t we educate them about marijuana use even though they aren’t supposed to be smoking it? … Read More

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Can Technology Weaken the Parent-Teen Bond?

It’s no secret that most teens would rather spend time with their smart phones than do homework, read, or interact with their families. But, can it weaken the parent-teen bond?… Read More

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College Binge Drinking and Drug Abuse: What Parents Can Do Early and Now

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) reports that although the percent of fulltime college students drinking has changed little since 1993, there is a marked increase in those who binge drink. While colleges hold a certain amount of responsibility, parents play a key role in stemming the alarming increase in binge drinking.… Read More

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