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KAREN CAMPBELL
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I read a provocative article recently that says while one in five children, even toddlers, exhibit signs of mental health issues, many fail to get help under their parents' assumption that "They will grow out of it." So what are some of the warning signs to...

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TEENS DRINK TO GET DRUNK
Most adults I know find alcohol to be effective social lubricant to
help relax inhibitions at parties and make socializing seem more fun --  a glass of wine or two, maybe a couple of beers can make a gathering seem more festive. Teens
often feel that way, t...

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FAKE NEWS IS BAD NEWS
There it was in black and white on a sidebar as I was doing internet research -- the news that the world was mourning the death of Katie Couric, complete with a smiling photo of the much-admired news journalist. I admit it -- I was completely taken in. A fr...

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The Perils of PC
“Mom, we don’t use the word
homosexual anymore.” Oh, okay. My bad. Not the first time my kids have
challenged my political correctness. And I’m sure it won’t be the last. In today’s
extraordinarily diverse world, the usual challenges of adolescent parenting...

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RUBY THE CHINCHILLA
$1300 and counting. Most families probably would have given up by now and let Ruby the sick chinchilla find a second life as a hat or scarf. However, we are a resolute animal-loving family, and Ruby has been an adorable addition to the menagerie for five ye...

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THE BACK-UP PLAN
I had a difficult conversation with my eldest recently. It had to do with reassessing her plans if her current post-grad dreams don’t result in some form of financial independence within a reasonable amount of time. (I keep thinking of that delightfully cry...

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CELEBRATING AUTHENTICITY
PFLAG  recently released an excellent new publication    "OUR TRANS LOVED ONES:  QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FOR PARENTS, FAMILIES, AND FRIENDS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE TRANSGENDER AND GENDER EXPANSIVE ”   that beautifully addresses some of the issues families face, ser...

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CHECK OUT "TEEN SAFE"
The website  Teen Safe  ( www.teen-safe.org ) is designed to foster better family communication, promote resilience and healthy activities, and reduce risky teen behaviors via true-life stories, scientific evidence, and helpful educational materials for par...

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ASK THE MEDIATRICIAN
T oday, as never before, the lives of adolescents are saturated with commercial marketing, targeted through video games, the Internet, and those omnipresent mini-computers -- cell phones. The level of digital activity and saturation is daunting. But I just ...

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CERTS IS NOT JUST A BREATH MINT
The American
psychotherapist, educator and clinical social worker Wendy Maltz came up with a
dynamite little acronym for codifying the basics of healthy sexuality that
offers a terrific tool to help adolescents and their parents navigate the
gnarly ins and ...
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