Teens & Behavior Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Smiling teenage girl on a beach

    When Choice Isn’t A Choice

    Long before I knew the term “disordered eating,” I knew its environment. My stunningly beautiful mother maintained her perfectly-proportioned, svelte figure with Carnation Instant Breakfast, cigarettes for hunger control during the day and an enormous, home-cooked, delicious meat, potatoes, salad and vegetable dinner every night. Sweets and sugar were forbidden, but sour cream was encouraged—low-fat, […]

    Read full story
  • Whit Picket Fence with yellow flowers in the background

    Taking the Road you Never Wished to Travel

    Intellectually, we know John Lennon nailed it, “ Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans.” Truly owning that sentiment is something else. For me, an inveterate planner (right down to March and May babies for Kindergarten-readiness) with a proven track record of turning the plan into a reality, this […]

    Read full story
  • Time to Talk about Teen Suicide

    Time to Talk about Teen Suicide

    Sadly, it’s time to talk about teen suicide again.Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in our young people 15-24; approximately 4,000 Americans in this age group died of their own actions last year and a much greater number suffered a range of consequences from suicide attempts. More than 32,000 Americans of all ages […]

    Read full story
  • When I Was Your Age

    When I Was Your Age…

    How do our children’s experiences compare to our own experiences at the same age? The 2008 Duke University Child Well-Being Index compared high school seniors from 1975-1977 to seniors 28 years later (an average of one generation apart).

    Read full story
  • Teens and Tragedy

    Teens and Tragedy

    You may have been hearing the many warnings about exposing young children to too much of the televised re-tellings of the tragedy. Teenagers, though, are at a different point in their lives. While some may be uninterested in the news, others will want to be glued to the TV, eager for each fresh detail as […]

    Read full story
  • Eating Disorders in Teens

    Eating Disorders in Teens

    Nearly one sixth of high school boys and one third of high school girls show some of the symptoms of an eating disorder, according to a presentation at the 2001 annual meeting of The Society for Adolescent Medicine.

    Read full story
  • Ecstasy Use in Children Doubles

    Ecstasy Use in Children Doubles

    Teenage marijuana use has decreased slightly for three years running (after peaking at 44% who had used the drug at least once in 1997). According to the 2000 annual report of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, 40% of today’s 7-12 graders reported using marijuana at least once, and 21% have used it in the […]

    Read full story
  • Ritalin now, drug abuse later?

    Ritalin now, drug abuse later?

    As parents, we want our children to navigate through the teen years without abusing alcohol or drugs. Many are concerned that children with ADHD who take stimulant medications such as Ritalin might be predisposed to drug abuse later.

    Read full story