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4 Early Signs of Addiction in Teens, by Morningside Recovery

By JustMommies member

Overall drug use among teenagers is on the rise. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly 50% of high-school seniors have tried illicit substances. Such statistics can be enough to strike fear into a parent's heart, but if you know what to look for you should be able to spot some of
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Depression in Teens: What to Watch For

By JustMommies member

The teenage mind can be a hard thing to figure out—even teens themselves may not always understand why they react the way they do. Between out-of-control hormones and a brain that's still forming its emotional circuitry, life's highs can seem especially exciting and its lows can seem downright dismal.
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Tough Love? Disciplining Your Child

By Audrey Morris

The concept of "tough love" has been used for over 40 years, most often in the context of helping addicted adults. A parent or adult sibling might practice "tough love" and cut off all monetary support while encouraging the addict to a enter rehabilitation program. Similarly, parents of troubled tweens
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Weird Science: Wacky Parenting News That's Actually True

By Inhabitots

Parenting is more of an art form than a science, but we've come across some pretty amazing scientific research in this realm. For instance, scientists found children's cells living in their mother's brains , as male cells were in the brains of women , sometimes decades after giving birth. And a new study
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The Tween &Teen Years: A Parent's Survival Guide

By JustMommies staff

Every parent dreads the tween and teen years. The attitudes, the surliness, the pushing boundaries, the friends you never seem to see. It can all be very frustrating and leave you worried about their futures. Rest assured, this is all part of growing up, as our children work toward being fully independent
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Childhood Stress in a Changing World

By JustMommies staff

Adults are not the only ones who suffer from stress-children of today often deal with stresses that their parents never had to face when they were young. They deal with an inordinate amount of pressure from an increasing number of sources, both inside and outside of their homes. In a changing world where
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Guidelines for Keeping Children Safe at Every Stage

By JustMommies staff

As parents, we have many responsibilities and worries-and child safety falls into both categories. While we are entirely responsible about keeping our crawling babies safe from electrical outlets, we must also remember to teach our tweens and teens about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and other challenges
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Tips on Volunteering and Doing Charity Work as a Family for the Holidays

By Inhabitots

The giving spirit of the holiday season inspires many people tovolunteer their time and resources to support charities. This comprehensive guide to volunteering with kids will help you get you started down the do-gooding path with youngsters in tow. We also suggest six family-friendly green volunteer
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Teen Smoking: What to Know, What to Do

By JustMommies staff

The pungent smell of cigarette smoke often lingers on your teen's clothing. How can you find out if that is because she stood next to someone who was smoking or if she's lighting up? What are the things you should know about teen smoking, and what can you do about it? If you want to figure out if your
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When to Get Your Child Her Own Cell Phone

By JustMommies staff

"Hey mom, I really need a cell phone." Have you heard words similar to these from your tween or teen who is feeling some peer pressure or the need to stay in touch with friends? Many parents worry that if they get their child a cell phone it might be overused for playing online games or texting instead
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