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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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Obamacare: How Health Reform Affects Your Kids' Coverage

By JustMommies staff

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
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Factors That Can Lead to Early Puberty (Precocious Puberty)

By JustMommies staff

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
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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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6 Signs Your Teen Is Using Drugs

By JustMommies staff

Parents of teenagers often find that their teens will not talk to them-even kids who used to tell mom or dad everything about their daily lives. Perhaps they spend more time in their room, give up a favorite sport, "forget" their chores, argue, and are generally moody and irritable. With these changes,
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6 Things You Didn't Know About the Gardasil Vaccine

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There is a lot of controversy over vaccines, and especially over one being recommended for young girls before puberty, when the virus is a sexually transmitted one. Here are six things you may not know about Gardasil, which is a recombinant vaccine created for the prevention of cervical cancer. 1. Who
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How Many Calories Should My Child Eat? Nutrition Guide for Kids

By JustMommies staff

As a parent, you want to provide your children with the best nutrition. A healthy diet full of whole grains, lean protein, fresh fruits, and vegetables is essential for growing bodies. When you feed your family, you probably try to provide them with balanced meals, healthy snacks, and plenty of water.
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Is Your Child Stressed Out? Know the Signs

By JustMommies staff

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
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Does my teen have an eating disorder?

By JustMommies staff

Eating disorders often develop in adolescence. Many teens are trying to have the perfect body or have an unrealistic perspective of how they look. Eating disorders may start as a diet or often young girls are fascinated with the idea of being anorexic. Anorexia is glamorized in the media. Teen girls
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Teens and Sleep – Why is your teenager so tired?

By JustMommies staff

In order to function properly during the day, everyone needs a good night’s sleep. For teenagers, that means about nine hours each night – but if you’ve got a growing teen at home, it’s unlikely that he or she is getting close to that amount on a regular basis. According to a National Sleep Foundation
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