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How to teach Sex Ed to Teenage Girls

Having taught Sex Ed to teenage girls for 13 years, I am continually surprised at what they DO know, and what they DON’T know. As I contemplated how to better teach girls about their bodies, I considered taking my experience and putting it into a pamphlet for them.  But I know teenage girls well enough…

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The Adoption Cluster: Abandonment, Attachment and Trauma in Teens

We’re finding that adopted kids often struggle with attachment—the ability to connect effectively with others and form sustainable “attached” relationships. We now know that a child’s attachment to her mother starts in the womb, so even a child adopted at birth can experience severe attachment disruption later on in life.

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My Teenager Argues About Everything

According to family psychologist, Jack Hinman, argumentativeness is a necessary developmental pattern for adolescents. The good news? It’s normal. The bad news? You can’t entirely control or stop it.

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Stressed-out Teen? Talk to Spot!

While most pet dogs have just a few stress triggers that come and go with just enough frequency to make their day interesting, their unfortunate owners have created a world of constant stress. For teens in particular—who are emotionally charged to begin with and haven’t yet learned to cope with adult stressors—there’s an almost never ending list of stress triggers constantly circling, threatening, taunting. Tests, gossip, competitions, pimples, mean girls, family stress, a learning disability, an over-scheduled life…teens have a lot to deal with.

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Managing Anger as a Parent

If your teenager is having difficulties, chances are she’s also causing difficulties—especially for those who love her the most. Parents of emotionally troubled teens often suffer just as much or even more than their struggling child. It’s the instinct of all good parents to put the needs of their children first. In a crisis, it’s normal (if heroic) parental behavior to abandon their own well being in order to protect, assist or rescue their child.

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