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Your Teen Needs More Sleep

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
A game plan for helping teens sleep better.
By 白井瑞樹 (自己撮影) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Why Are Teens Sexting? Should We Find Out?

We know relatively little about the reasons youth sextext, who sextexts, how prevalent it is, or how to educate about sexting.

Parents Ought to Share Their Challenging Experiences

Adolescents who know stories about their parents’ teenage difficulties and challenges show higher self-esteem and resilience.

High School Popularity Might Backfire Later in Life

By Christopher Bergland on August 22, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
High school popularity may be overrated, according to a new 10-year study.

More Posts on Adolescence

On Your Adolescents Getting Up in the Morning

It's hard for adolescents to get up in the morning, especially if they suffer from depression and other mental illnesses. What tips can we get from published research?

Buyer Beware: Two New Apps Your Tweens Should Avoid

Two apps that have developed popularity among teens and tweens are raising red flags with law enforcement and others.
Nur Andi Ravsanjani Gusma and pexels

The Pleasures of the Apocalypse

Don't worry. The end is near.

Is Your Teen Addicted to Dieting? Try a Social Media Fast

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on August 16, 2017 in One More Bite
Why a social media fast might be an essential tool for eating disorder recovery.
2004 by Tomasz Sienicki

Do Smartphones Delay Sex and Dating?

Perhaps the correlation is not causal because a third variable, such as helicopter parenting, might be responsible for having a smartphone and delaying sex and romance.

No, Team, No!

By Laurie Helgoe Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Introvert Power
He's young, healthy, and not into sports? How to stop seeing this as a problem.

Teen Attitude, Teen Trouble

It’s hard to parent a teenager. It's even harder to be one. Here are eleven attitudes and actions that can help make it easier for you, and might even make it easier for your kid.

Does "Tough Love" Produce Better Working Dogs?

Puppies with overly attentive mothers have poorer problem-solving abilities and are less likely to succeed as service dogs.

Teens and Texting: A Recipe for Disaster

Teens and texting... Is your child the next Michelle Carter?

Why Are We Doing This, Sir? What's The Point?

By Nick Luxmoore on August 12, 2017 in Young People Up Close
How to make sense of the adult world without having the identity of a traditional profession? How to develop a sense of personal agency in a world where the rules keep changing?

To Say "I" Means To Be Alone

By Elena Bezzubova on August 12, 2017 in The Search for Self
Loneliness seems a transient step to self identity that could include depersonalization-like feelings of detachment and autism/introversion-like feelings of isolation.
McLeon91 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Masturbation: Do Boys Do “it” More and Better than Girls?

Gender equality is becoming more of a reality when it comes to masturbation, at least in Sweden, but there is a cluster of girls who prefer not to masturbate.

Teen Therapy Without Parental Consent

Should adolescents be able to consent to initial mental health treatment without their parents? On this issue, state laws are all over the place.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Motivating Your Adolescent to Exercise

Regular physical exercise is a self-investment that provides many positive personal returns in adolescence.

The Trouble with Teenagers

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in The Baby Scientist
Do you have a teenager at home? Here's what's special about the teenage years and what makes them so difficult...for both parents and teenagers.

Cornering a Slippery Child

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on August 06, 2017 in Ambigamy
After decades with an inherently slippery child, I was able to distill his many excuses to three. If I could go back, here's how I would have tried to block each of them.

No, Smartphones are Not Destroying a Generation

A recent article in the Atlantic claims that smartphones and social media have ruined a generation. It is wrong.

Three Signs Your Teen Needs Therapy

Red flags that demand attention.

How Do We Talk About Condoms?

By Sean M. Horan Ph.D. on August 03, 2017 in Adventures in Dating
Condoms are important in negotiating safer sex—but what do people actually say about using them? My latest study examined this question, summarized here.
Nancy Darling

When Kids Hurt: Chronic vs. Acute Pain

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on August 02, 2017 in Thinking About Kids
Treating chronic pain the way we treat pain from an injury makes it harder to heal and more likely that our pain will increase over time.

Back-to-school Homophobia

What are your LGBT children learning in sex ed?

Shoe Shaming in the Strictest School in Britain

Merchants’ Academy was called the strictest school in Britain, a tough label for a good school. But Merchants’ may not make it easy for itself by using shame to enforce behavior.

How Do We Parent in the Trump Era?

If we want to live in a world of honesty, integrity, respect, concern for others, and so forth then we have to model these values at every opportunity to do so.

An Answer To Your ASD Teen's Tantrums.

"A meltdown can last in the upwards of fifteen minutes plus, and there is very little a parent can do to console their child. The promise of consequences doesn’t work".

On My Honor

President Trump played on the developmental qualities of the Boy Scouts. We cannot stop his influence, but we can at least act to offset the damage.
Photo by Cristian Newman on Unsplash

Trump’s Era of Anxiety Is Harming the Nation’s Health

Is our health threatened by the Trump Age of Anxiety? Here's how - and how to fight back.

Dear Parents, It's Time to Let Go

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on July 29, 2017 in Social Lights
What college-bound students wish they could say to their parents.

Lessen Your Child’s Back-to-School Stress

Are your kids stressed-out about school starting? Do a back-to-school mental health check-in.

My Teen Son Is Smoking Marijuana

How to handle a teen's marijuana use.
Oliver Cole

Camp, Interrupted

Indeed, my season at camp had been interrupted halfway to the finish line. I was aggrieved.