Basic Sex Education for Teenage Girls

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Having taught basic sex education to teenage girls for 18 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 […]

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Turning Crisis Into Opportunity

Following a family crisis–while your still open, flexible and a little messy inside—is the best time to break the old habits that festered into dysfunction in the first place and create some new ones. The good news is that a lot of personal growth work can be awfully nice! Following are several areas to explore that can complement the intervention, treatment, therapy and medication your family has just experienced, leading to longer-term healing instead of just emotional triage.

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Understanding Enmeshment: Definition, Causes & Signs You May Need Help

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Enmeshment is a description of a relationship between two or more people in which personal boundaries are permeable and unclear. This often happens on an emotional level in which two people “feel” each other’s emotions, or when one person becomes emotionally escalated and the other family member does as well. A good example of this is when a teenage daughter gets anxious and depressed and her mom, in turn, gets anxious and depressed. When they are enmeshed the mom is not able to separate her emotional experience from that of her daughter even though they both may state that they have clear personal boundaries with each other. Enmeshment between a parent and child will often result in over involvement in each other’s lives so that it makes it hard for the child to become developmentally independent and responsible for her choices.

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While your Daughter’s Away…

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So, now that you’ve made this great decision to seek residential treatment for your child, why do you feel so terrible?

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Blue Zones at Home

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eenagers are drawn to whatever’s fastest, easiest, edgiest, biggest, newest or “best.” Hence the teenager’s penchant for extreme music, extreme hairstyles and extreme sports. As a teen’s brain develops, whole new cognitive worlds open up; pushing the envelope is, in part, a way of exploring these new realms. It’s also a teenager’s developmental prerogative to create a distinct and independent identity, which provides another incentive for exploring extremes.

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Can A Teen “Catch” Negative Behaviors?

Posted by New Haven Residential Treatment Center | Parenting Teens | adolescent treatment alcohol anorexia bulimia designer drugs drug eating disorder 0 Comments

Physical diseases are not the only problems that are contagious. Negative behaviors can be passed from one person to another too, though these problems are socially rather than physically contagious. Some self-destructive teen behaviors, in fact, are extremely socially virulent and can spread among groups of teens as rapidly and destructively as a physically communicable disease.

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Treatment Tips: Teens in Treatment

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But regardless of how the process started and how out of control you might feel, you actually have a lot of control over how the next days, weeks, or months will go. In fact, it’s pretty much all up to you. As most teenagers and young adults are aware, no one can really control you. No matter what the circumstances, you, and you alone, are the boss of you.

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Treatment Tips: Parents With Teen in Treatment

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Following are some simple tips for helping manage the difficult feelings you’re likely to experience on the front end of your child’s treatment experience.

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Dealing With Peer Pressure

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Several strategies are useful for helping equip your child to resist peer pressure and become a more independent decision maker.

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How to Stop Enabling Your Teenager: Stop Rescuing Her

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Raising a teen is no easy business because the rules of good parenting must change very quickly to keep pace with the developmental changes occurring within the teen.

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