teenage loneliness

Teenage Loneliness and Social Isolation

A teen’s social world is everything to them. Who they hang out with, the kids they relate to, and the extracurricular activities they participate in all help the teenager to define a sense of self. Most teens are very sensitive to the FOMO possibility, or the fear of missing out, and will feel badly if […]

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Teen Refuses to Go to School

School attendance can become a huge flashpoint between and parent and their teen when he or she simply refuses to go to school. All parents are aware that children must attend a around 175 school days during the school year. School attendance is mandatory in all 50 states, including the alternative options for educating the […]

teens and alcohol

What to Do When you Find Alcohol in your Teen’s Room

So, you are putting away your teen’s laundry when you happen upon their stash of vodka hidden in the sock drawer. Stumbling onto a teenager’s hidden alcohol can be an extremely distressing event for a parent. Feelings of fear and shock are common reactions for parents in this dreaded situation. No matter how aware you […]

How to Help a Teenager With Low Self Esteem

How to Help a Teenager With Low Self Esteem

As adults, we have enough miles on our tires to realize the importance of having a healthy self-esteem. We know that to succeed in our careers, or any endeavor we care about, we need a positive sense of self-worth that will fuel our efforts. Our self-esteem is essential to how we present ourselves to the […]

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Does My Teenager Have a Mental Illness?

Parents will go to great lengths to give their kids the best childhood experience they can. They make sacrifices to ensure their child is able to go to the best schools available or to live in a safe neighborhood. They cook nutritious meals and limit the child’s exposure to technology. They enroll the child in […]

should you drug test your teenager

Should You Drug Test Your Teenager?

Raising teenagers is not for the feint of heart. It is rife with so many challenges, that it might be tempting to take advantage of any tool that might alleviate a source of worry or stress. So when it comes to monitoring your teen for potential drug or alcohol use, it is a no brainer […]

how can i help my depressed teenager

How Can I Help My Depressed Teenager?

When a child is hurting, parents hurt, too. Nothing is more painful to a parent than witnessing their teen in emotional pain. Teenage depression is real. This condition differs from occasional bouts of the blues caused by an upsetting event or a hormonal shift, which tend to be transient events that resolve spontaneously. Clinically diagnosed […]

adolescent compulsive lying

What Parents Can Do About Adolescent Compulsive Lying

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6 Anger Coping Skills for Teens

Slammed doors and angry outbursts may be just typical behavior that goes along with the highly combustible teenage years. Teens are transitioning from being completely dependent on parents as children toward the autonomy found in adulthood. This is a developmental phase fraught with supercharged emotions, including acting out in anger. But when does “typical” teenage […]

Teen Internet Addiction Treatment

Teen Internet Addiction Treatment

Anything done to excess can develop into an addiction. Behavioral addictions, such as gambling, shopping, video gaming, and pornography, can hold just as powerful a grip on the victims as drugs or alcohol. Smartphone or Internet addiction is a case in point. It isn’t the hardware, or the phone, tablet, or computer itself that is […]