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.
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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.
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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.
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Six Myths About Twins

Twins capture the curiosity of the world. From the Spearmint gum twins to Mary Kate and Ashley, seeing double brings amusement and assumptions. Just like anything else, the idea of twins carry a lot of fable with the facts. Parents of multiples need to field a lot of questions and misconceptions. Here are some common myths about twins debunked. Not sponsored content
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What Your Teen Needs to Know About Energy Drinks

Wildly popular among teenagers, energy drinks of every design, label and flavor seem to be flying off the shelves into many American homes, schools and backpacks. But are they healthy for adolescents to drink? Growing research shows cause for concern in the continual consummation of these trending beverages. Not sponsored content
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Teenage Moodiness or Something More?

Everyone identifies with the stereotype of impossible teens. Eye-rolling, attitudes, mood swings… all typical of the average teenager. But when do you question if it’s something more? How can parents recognize the difference between teen angst and an actual clinical disorder?
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Relaxation and Meditation Techniques for Kids

Your child may not talk to you about stress. That's because children usually don't know what stress is or how to verbalize when they are experiencing it. You may not be aware of the stress your child is feeling, but your child may manifest it in ways that you can see. You may notice behavior problems, your child being more moody or irritable, crying easily or having problems sleeping.
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Puberty: How Your Kids Are Growing and Changing

By Laura Carlson

Pimples. Budding breasts. Emotional outbursts. Yes, these are the typical signs of puberty and a signal that your kids are growing and changing. The general age range during which most kids enter puberty is somewhere between ages nine and 12, though some experts say our kids are entering puberty earlier than in previous generations did.
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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:
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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.
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