Tween and Teen Health

Depression in Teens: What to Watch For

By Morningside Recovery

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. » Read more

Is Your Child Stressed Out? Know the Signs

Most of us tend to look back on childhood as an easy time in our lives, especially compared to the stress of adulthood. But that doesn’t make childhood stress any less real. We tend to forget that our kids can get stressed out as well. Sometimes a child's stress from school can negatively affect other areas of life, causing behavioral changes. » Read more

Depression in Teens: How to help your teen

By Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.

I have a friend whose seventeen-year-old son is really struggling right now.  He’s smart, talented, handsome, spiritually minded—and hurting.  When his mom asked me about his situation, she spent a lot of our time talking about her own feelings.  It’s incredibly difficult to see our kids in pain and not know how to help them. » Read more

Recipe Tips for Kids Who Need to Lose Weight

By Jill Jackson

Dieting is difficult for anyone, but it's especially hard for children. While their friends are enjoying cookies, cakes, fast food, and other treats, they're stuck with boring, bland diet foods. If you must put your child on a diet, here are some tips and options for making it as painless as possible: » Read more

Prep Your Kids for Puberty

By Alicia Purdy

Talking to kids about puberty isn't easy for most parents. Puberty involves a lot of highly personal information and sometimes it can be embarrassing - for parents and kids alike. However, you're not doing your kids any favors by waiting too long to talk to them about the changes that come with puberty, or by avoiding the subject. » Read more

Your Child’s Teeth: Good Brushing, Bad Foods, and More!

By Jennifer Klam

You can tell a lot about someone by the health of their mouth. New research suggests that the health of your mouth mirrors the health of your body as a whole. Good oral health may actually prevent certain diseases from occurring, while poor oral hygiene can actually lead to other complications, including digestion problems and problems with the heart and other major organs. » Read more

Talking to Your Teen about Birth Control

By Audrey Morris

Many parents worry about having the talk with their teens-the talk about birth control. Whether you have sons or daughters, this is a conversation that needs to happen, and it needs to happen before they get "swept up in the moment." Do not believe your child if they claim to know it all-what they know is probably rumors they have heard from friends. » Read more

Obamacare: How Health Reform Affects Your Kids' Coverage

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect on October 1, 2013. On March 31, 2014, open enrollment ends and all Americans must be registered with an ACA-compliant health insurance plan (those who truly cannot afford coverage can apply for an exemption; changes to coverage can be made at major life events). » Read more

Factors That Can Lead to Early Puberty (Precocious Puberty)

Watching our children mature and grow can be bittersweet-we love to see the people they are becoming, but also miss the sweet little kids they once were. If your young child begins to show those first physical signs of puberty at a very young age, it can be frightening and worrisome. But how young is too young? » Read more

Teen Smoking: What to Know, What to Do

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 teen has started smoking, stay on the lookout for these signs: » Read more