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Afraid to Eat

Mary Pritchard | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Mary Pritchard

We, as a society, have got to change. This unhealthy focus on appearance has to stop. It's all pervasive -- every magazine, TV show, movie, video game seems to be just a disguise for a how-to guide on how we're supposed to look, feel, and act.

The Conflict I Feel About Taking Time Away From My Kids

Lisa McElroy | Posted 04.26.2013 | Parents
Lisa McElroy

Does my world perspective help me raise globally conscious kids? Or does my travel across the world mean that they miss out on something essential in what a mother promises her child?

4 Breathtaking Photos That Will Change How You Think About Womanhood

Posted 01.22.2013 | OWN

By Laura Birek Rebecca Greenfield's "Coming of Age" photo series spotlights girls on the brink of womanhood. In the Arizona desert, the sun ...

The Point of Parenthood -- and 4 Tips for Making it Through Adolescence With Your Kids

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 01.30.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

I just got back from spending Thanksgiving in Paris with my eldest child, and it got me thinking about the point of parenthood.

Sad Dad Left Out of 12-Year-Old Daughter's Life

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 12.23.2012 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

"Daddy, I'm breaking up with you."

What Parents Need to Hear About the HPV Vaccine

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 12.18.2012 | Parents
Marianne Mollmann

A large proportion of parents in the United States are more afraid of their kids having sex than they are of their kids getting cancer.

It's Time to Talk Sex

Joan Malin | Posted 12.15.2012 | New York
Joan Malin

October is Let's Talk Month, an annual effort to encourage parents to talk with their children and adolescents about sexuality-related topics.

Teenagers Have Sex: Deal With It

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 12.12.2012 | New York
Marianne Mollmann

High School students under the age of 19 account for approximately one-third of all newly diagnosed sexually transmitted infections in New York State. And not surprisingly, teen mothers are much less likely to graduate from high school than their peers who didn't give birth.

Down With "The Talk"!: What Would a New Paradigm Look and Feel Like? (Part 4 of 4)

Deborah M. Roffman | Posted 12.08.2012 | Books
Deborah M. Roffman

Here's the point all of us need to recognize: The "how to's" of nurturing sexually healthy children are precisely the same as the "how to's" of nurturing healthy children, period.

Down With "The Talk"!: Reclaiming Our Common Sense About Sex (Part 2 of 4)

Deborah M. Roffman | Posted 10.02.2012 | Books
Deborah M. Roffman

To shed anxiety-driven notions about talking to children about sex, we adults need simply to identify and revisit the maladaptive associations we absorbed early in life and use our "we're all grown up now" good sense and perspective to whack them apart.

Sex, Drugs and Raising Kids

Sam Sommers | Posted 11.21.2012 | Parents
Sam Sommers

Does a taste of champagne at a family wedding consign your son to a life of AA meetings? Will the mere mention of sex at home ensure your daughter of a future reality show appearance as a teen mom?

Helping Your Teen With Eating and Body Image

Andrea Wachter | Posted 11.17.2012 | Parents
Andrea Wachter

Many young girls struggle with food and weight issues and too many young girls develop full-blown eating disorders. Here are some tips for you:

Disturbing New Statistics About Autism And Bullying

Posted 09.06.2012 | Parents

All bullying is troubling -- no matter where, when or to whom it occurs. But a new study published in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine ...

What The Latest Scientific Findings About Kids Of Divorce Reveal

Robert Hughes, Jr. | Posted 10.08.2012 | Divorce
Robert Hughes, Jr.

One of the most consistent research findings that explore the effects of divorce on children is that the results are inconsistent.

Is 30 The New 18? Millennials Struggle With Identifying As Adults (VIDEO)

Posted 05.02.2013 | College

It's the transition of all transitions: the move from adolescence to adulthood. Many millennials reportedly said financial independence could be s...

Kids Today!

JJ Keith | Posted 08.07.2012 | Parents
JJ Keith

I generally think you're all very nice and I appreciate the way you all brought mom jeans back in style right around the time I had a second baby so I can tuck my FUPA under a high waistband.

Exercise Not As Beneficial For Black Girls As Whites, Study Says

Posted 06.05.2012 | Black Voices

While diet and exercise have long been considered the magic bullet in helping curb the obesity epidemic among adolescents, new research shows that the...

Into the Mouths of Babes: The Case for Minding Our Business!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The wellbeing of children is everybody's business, and everybody should mind that children are staring down the barrel of a glow-in-the-dark cheese doodle or sugar-laden cereal loop at foreshadowed health and foreshortened lives.

The Ugly Ideals Of Beauty

Posted 04.05.2012 | Arts

Sometimes after flipping through a magazine full of Photoshopped models and airbrushed celebs, confronting the mirror as a (gasp!) regular person can ...

Adolescent Brain Development and Life Without Parole

David Fassler, M.D. | Posted 04.25.2012 | Crime
David Fassler, M.D.

Research using functional magnetic resonance imaging has demonstrated that adolescents actually use their brains differently than adults when reasoning or solving problems.

The LEAP Program: Successfully Connecting Youth With Other Cultures

Mark Redmond | Posted 04.04.2012 | Education
Mark Redmond

What Lauren Calahan has created with LEAP is making a significant difference in the lives of young people. And it should be replicated throughout the country.

Parenting an Almost-Teenager

Jennifer Cullen | Posted 03.25.2012 | Parents
Jennifer Cullen

Being a parent is hard. Being a parent of a 12-1/2-year-old girl is even harder.

How to Get Along With Your Teen: Talking, Rules, and Conflict

Dr. Shannon Kolakowski | Posted 03.11.2012 | Parents
Dr. Shannon Kolakowski

Parents, do not despair. You are every bit as important in your teens life now as when they were younger.

The Neuroscience Of The Bar Mitzvah

William Grassie | Posted 02.09.2012 | Religion
William Grassie

At the Bar Mitzvah, I couldn't help but think that the tribe had done this young man a great service, literally surrounding him with family and friends expressing loving affirmation and setting high expectations for his future.

Life Lessons From the Radio

D. Yvette Shirey | Posted 02.08.2012 | Parents
D. Yvette Shirey

Before you pop in the CD or turn on your media players, stop and listen to the radio and talk with your kids. I learn a lot every day.