London Bans Skinny Models: Helpful or Not to Body Image in Teens? July 6, 2016
Unless you haven’t heard, the White House hosted the first United States of Women summit meeting recently. Many notable women spoke about body image in teens and youth, including Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey; but men spoke, too, including the new mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Khan announced a new policy coming up that will ban ads on public transport that promote unrealistic body standards for women. This begs the question, though: will this ban really...
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Helping Your Out of Control Teenager Gain Control July 5, 2016
Out of control teenager--not an infrequent phrase for parents to describe their children. Teens are notorious for being overly emotional, combative, and hormonal--all this is normal. But for some teens, it’s a stronger, more confusing experience, leading difficult behaviors to arise. Psych Central recently wrote an article giving advice on how to help your out of control teenager learn to control their emotions more effectively. Now, there’s no “one size fits all” fix for this issue,...
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Issues Surrounding Early Puberty for Girls July 1, 2016
The typical thoughts that come to mind when thinking of puberty for girls is middle school, training bras, acne, etc. According to a recent study, for many girls, this is beginning much earlier--in the middle of elementary school to be exact. The Atlantic recently covered the details of the study. The study A pediatric endocrinologist by the name of Louise Greenspan and a group of other researchers put together a longitudinal study of 1,200 girls, ages...
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Emotional Well Being Influenced by Healthy Family Relationships June 24, 2016
Healthy Family Relationships Influencing Your Emotions Some of us develop healthy family relationships, while others have more difficulty staying connected. Whether we have remained close to our families or not, they play a huge role in determining who we become, the interests we pursue, and the values we embody. Recent studies have found that healthy family relationships could play a large role in your mental health later in life. PsyBlog recently released an article discussing research...
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Sleep Deprivation Linked to Mood Changes in Teens June 22, 2016
Teenagers’ minds and bodies are still developing until their early 20’s. To promote healthy development, they need between 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night, which is well above the normal average for adults. With technology today, getting enough sleep can be difficult. There are constant distractions available to prevent us from getting the recommended eight hours a night. Sleep deprivation can affect attention, daily functioning, and mood changes in teens. A recent article by...
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Clearing Up Rules for ADHD Children Helps Them Succeed June 22, 2016
In a recent article by Psych Central, a new study conducted by the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) revealed that unspoken or unclear rules are especially difficult for ADHD children to understand. It showed that ADHD children often have a hard time seeing when a situation’s tone changes, like from play-time to test-time. Researchers think this is part of the reason ADHD children are often labeled as “trouble-makers” or called out for...
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Parenting Tips: Improving Self-Esteem in Teens June 20, 2016
Causes of Low Self-Esteem and Techniques for Improving Self-Esteem in Teens In high school, teens develop a more concrete sense of their self-image and self-worth. It is not uncommon for teens to have issues with low self-esteem or self-image. Teens can develop self-esteem issues due to a variety of reasons. As a parent, it is important to know common causes of low self-esteem and ways of improving self-esteem in teens. The Huffington Post recently discussed some...
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Three tips to diffuse an Angry Teen June 15, 2016
There are a few tricks to help diffuse an angry teen, counselors from all over the nation share their top tips and advice to help parents in tough situations. The first and most important piece of advice is to make sure yourself and the teen are not in a place where physical harm may come to you or them.  These tips are focused much more on teens that are emotionally angry and not threatening you, themselves,...
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Sleep Deprivation in Teens and School Struggles June 15, 2016
Sleep deprivation in teens has serious consequences. Depression, stress, anxiety, heart disease, and much more has been linked to not getting enough shuteye. Sleep deprivation in teens has the power to disrupt every aspect of a teenager’s life--school, work, and at home. It can cause your teen to be irritable, have trouble focusing, and disrupt the entire learning process. The fact that it interrupts your child’s education should be reason enough to intervene and help your...
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Having a Gay Child: Talking About Prejudice June 14, 2016
Jimmy Fallon Address Orlando Shooting and Talking About Prejudice When Having a Gay Child As a country founded on freedom, citizens are supposed to express tolerance, encourage free debate, thinking, and believing in our peers and others within society. As many of you have seen, there was another shooting caused by prejudice at a dance club in Orlando, Florida. The shooting took the lives of 49 people, which is the largest loss of life from a...
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