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Can Teenage Defiance Be Manipulated for Good? An interesting pattern emerged.

Can Teenage Defiance Be Manipulated for Good?

Teenagers who had read the exposé article chose fewer junk food items than those in the control groups. They were 11 percentage points more likely to forgo at least one unhealthy snack, like Oreos, Cheetos or Doritos, in favor of fruit, baby carrots or trail mix, and seven percentage points more likely to choose water over Coca-Cola, Sprite or Hi-C. That might seem like a small difference, but if sustained it would translate to the loss of about a pound of body fat every six to eight weeks, the researchers said — a public health triumph. When Teenagers Bristle at ‘How Was School?’ Glogin?URI= To save articles or get newsletters, alerts or recommendations – all free.

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Don't have an account yet? Create an account » It’s never too early to teach children about consent and boundaries. (iStock) Children need to learn about healthy consent and boundaries.

It’s never too early to teach children about consent and boundaries

That might seem like a simple concept, but there are a lot of ideas and practices surrounding this topic that need to be unpacked and examined. For example, how soon do we start these discussions? There’s a misconception that ideas about consent and bodily autonomy should be lumped in with sexual education, but that’s actually far too late. Healthy boundaries apply to so much more than just sex or partnership, and we should begin teaching our children as early as possible. Top 10 skills middle school students need to thrive, and how parents can help. By Phyllis L.

Top 10 skills middle school students need to thrive, and how parents can help

Fagell February 29 (istock photo) In elementary school, I was too shy to address my teachers by name. I would hover nearby, hoping they would realize I had a question. I also was the new girl, and the existing cliques seemed impenetrable. How to raise a happy teen — Stie's Thoughts. Number Six: Don't sweat the small stuff.

How to raise a happy teen — Stie's Thoughts

When living with teenagers, it can be so easy to see the backpack dropped in the middle of the living room as laziness. Or the bedroom scattered with dirty clothes as irresponsible. Instead, and before you open your mouth to yell at them, put yourself in their shoes. Navigating life's highs and lows with teenage girls. College Parents Matter Home. Middle school moms the most stressed, per study. Infancy?

Middle school moms the most stressed, per study

Sure, dealing with a newborn is beyond stressful, as you try to figure out how to care for an infant and adjust to a new role all on zero sleep. It would be no surprise if those years were the most taxing. But I -- and probably many of you reading this -- would guess adolescence, namely the high school years, which I might add I am already dreading. But it turns out the most stressful time for moms is middle school, at least according to a new study by Arizona State University researchers published in the January issue of Developmental Psychology. "I was a little taken aback to see that apparently preadolescence is the new adolescence or junior high school or middle school is the new high school," said Suniya Luthar, one of the study's co-authors and a professor of psychology at Arizona State University. This probably shouldn't be a surprise. "You see this person who is almost but not quite grown-up physically, saying at one moment, 'Leave me alone.

The 'Botox brow' Family/Parenting 2015. Parenting Shouldn’t Be About Self-Sacrifice, Whatever Your Income. Since becoming a mother five years ago, I’ve been careful about how I discuss parenting with my childless friends.

Parenting Shouldn’t Be About Self-Sacrifice, Whatever Your Income

I try to avoid clichés. I try not to describe it as a more noble and sacred act that I’m experiencing it to be. I tell them it’s fun; it can be like reliving my own childhood, playing a new role in each familiar scene. It makes me cry—and laugh—far more than I am used to. It’s terrifying and interminable. Last weekend, I stumbled upon a new Buzzfeed video called, "Children From Black Families Reveal Sacrifices Their Parents Made.” Their gratitude is both moving and relatable. How Schools Are Handling An 'Overparenting' Crisis : NPR Ed. Power of Parents. Mental Health a Greater Worry than Substance Abuse for Parents of Teens, Survey Finds - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Parents are more concerned about their teens’ mental health than about their use of drugs or alcohol, a new survey finds.

Mental Health a Greater Worry than Substance Abuse for Parents of Teens, Survey Finds - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

While 65 percent of 3,100 parents surveyed said they are concerned their teen suffers from anxiety or depression, more than three-quarters say they think their teen never uses drugs or alcohol, according to the survey by Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that 66 percent of students say they have had at least one drink of alcohol, and 41 percent of students have used marijuana at least once, Yahoo Parenting reports.

“This reflects a dramatic underestimate of teenage substance use and again points toward the need for education for parents both with respect to communicating with their teens about drug and alcohol use as well as looking for telltale signs of drug and alcohol consumption,” said Dr. Aaron Krasner, an adolescent medicine specialist at Silver Hill. Parents Get Advice on Talking to Their Teens About Marijuana With New Toolkit - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

As more states legalize the recreational use of marijuana, parents are finding it more challenging to talk to their teens about drug use.

Parents Get Advice on Talking to Their Teens About Marijuana With New Toolkit - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

A new resource for parents, called the “Marijuana Talk Kit” takes this new landscape into account. It provides specific examples for starting conversations and answering teens’ questions about marijuana. The free resource is being released today by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Marijuana Talk Kit for Parents. Between marijuana legalization, the normalization in pop culture and new ways of using (edibles, vaporizers, concentrates), it’s becoming more complicated for parents to talk to their teens.

Marijuana Talk Kit for Parents

So where do you start? And what should you say? The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is here to help.