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Cutting and Self Harm in Teens: What to do

The very idea may be frightening, but your teen may need some help right now.
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Anorexia Athletica: Is Your Teen Exercising Too Much?

Having a son or daughter who is an athlete is a dream for some parents. But whether it is ballet, football, track and field, gymnastics, baseball, basketball or soccer, their children have to train hard if they want to be the best. Training requires getting the body in physical shape, and that means
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Signs of Low Self-Esteem in Kids

You love your kids with all of your heart and when they struggle with loving themselves, it's heartbreaking to watch. Low self-esteem in kids is common, but that doesn't make it any less painful, or serious. Kids suffer from low self-esteem for many reasons, ranging from bullying to emotional issues
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Prep Your Kids for Puberty

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,
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How to Talk to Your Daughter about Her Period

Talking to your daughter about her period can be a great bonding experience as you show her the ropes of becoming a woman. However, for many women, it can be awkward or embarrassing. If you don't know exactly how to explain things, the conversation can be more awkward. As a mom, you want to be able to
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Looking Good: Body Dysmorphic Disorder in Kids

Is there anything more heartbreaking than learning that your child, whom you love so deeply, doesn't like herself? As a parent, your biggest hope is that your children will be happy and healthy. When you realize they're not, you'd do anything to help. It's not always easy to help your children when they
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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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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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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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Dealing with Common Tween Issues

By Maria T. Pepin

A tween is a person between the ages of 9 to 14. Parents are all too familiar with this developmental stage because it can be tricky ~ especially with new issues presenting themselves consistently. Some of the more common tween issues include: smoking, abuse of phone privileges, body image, menstruation
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