Romantic Teen couple sitting on yellow benches. Must-Know Birth Control Info.
    August 27, 2018
    Must-Know Birth Control Info

    Sexual activity can be fun and meaningful (this is why people do it!), but oral, anal, and vaginal sex can also result in sexually transmitted diseases, and some kinds of sexual activities can lead to…

    The Teen (Prescription) Drug Problem
    June 5, 2017
    The Teen (Prescription) Drug Problem

    Parents worry. We just do, but there are a few times that cause us to worry more than normal. High on that list – teenage parties. Even though we trust your teen to make the right choices, we may st…

    Teenage girl blowing on a dandelion. Parental medical information access changes as kids grow up.
    October 10, 2016
    Understanding Parental Medical Information Access

    When a medical emergency arises for one of our children, we seek to gain as much information about the situation as possible. We want to know the ‘wheres, hows, and whys’ of medical issues so that…

    Health teens playing in fall leaves. Social interactions can help prevent teenage drug addiction.
    March 14, 2016
    Mental illness and Drug Abuse in Teens

    Teens who experience depression, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses are likely to fall prey to substance abuse and teenage drug addiction. This is called “comorbidity,” which develops whe…

    Two teen boys giving a girl a present. Penis size during puberty.
    August 11, 2015
    Penis Size During Puberty

    Background When babies are born, “It’s a girl” or “It’s a boy” used to be the things parents were waiting to hear from the doctor or mid-wife. Now, parents have the option of finding out t…

    Teenage girl in the hospital with a therapy dog for chronic pain relief.
    July 14, 2015
    Challenges of Chronic Pain

    As a teenager with a chronic disease called Juvenile Dermatomyositis and Juvenile Arthritis, I have chronic pain. Daily pain. I am always in pain at some level. Chronic Pain Management I have learned …

    Five women and two men holding a sign that reads "We Are Marching for so many #MarchAgainst ED
    July 25, 2014
    Present Day

    My daughter spent almost five months in the UCSD Adolescent Eating Disorder Treatment Program in 2012 and six weeks in their adult program in 2013, after a relapse. She continues to check in with her …

    Happy Family at a wedding
    July 24, 2014
    FBT What?

    Family Based Treatment (FBT) understands this truth: recovery from an eating disorder cannot be made without full weight restoration and ongoing full nutrition. There is another important acknowledgem…

    Smiling teenage girl on a beach
    July 22, 2014
    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, cigar…

    Whit Picket Fence with yellow flowers in the background
    July 21, 2014
    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 (ri…

    April 21, 2014
    Is the FDA Protecting Your Lady Bits?

    Not everyone has a daughter, but as women feminine hygiene products are a necessary way to manage that time of month. I spent years using them without even a thought to what they were made of. I never…

    Cancer Vaccine in Girls
    September 19, 2006
    Cancer Vaccine in Girls

    Should all 11 and 12 year old girls be vaccinated against sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV)? Michigan appears poised to be the first state to enact this requirement for all girls enterin…

    Chubby Average Predicts Disaster
    October 28, 2004
    Chubby Average Predicts Disaster

    When my wife and I were born, American teenage girls, aged 12 to 17, weighed an average of 118 pounds. Some weighed more and some weighed less. Today, the average has swollen to 130 pounds. And teenag…

    Bottled Energy
    September 9, 2002
    Bottled Energy

    I’ve often heard parents comment, when watching their toddlers or school-aged kids jet giddily around the home (or restaurant), “I wish we could bottle their energy and sell it!” I wish we could…

    Benefits of Exercise
    July 11, 2000
    Benefits of Exercise

    Exercise during the teenage years may be one of the most important ways to prevent osteoporosis. (more…)…

    Teen Obesity Reaching Epidemic Proportions!
    January 27, 2000
    Teen Obesity Reaching Epidemic Proportions!

    Obesity among teens has become a major epidemic. More teens are overweight now than at any time in history. A January 2000 report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified the…