Teens and Tough Issues
Anger, fear, separation anxiety, a sense of abandonment, self-blame, sadness and embarrassment are common reactions to divorce for most children.
Children deal with death in many different ways, and not necessarily in the same manner as adults.
Peer pressure can get the best of children and push them to do things that they don't really want to do. Parents can counter it, if they're ready to help.
With studies showing that more than half of America's teenagers have experienced sexual intercourse by the age of 18, educating kids about sex is something all parents need to do.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15- to 24-year-olds. The strongest risk factors for attempted suicide in youth are depression, substance abuse, and aggressive or disruptive behaviors.
Bullying comes in different forms. It is commonly thought of as an actual or threatened act of physical violence. But name calling, spreading rumors, unrelenting teasing, and deliberately excluding a child from an activity can be other forms of bullying. Racial slurs, mocking cultural traditions, and unwanted physical contact are bullying.
Preventing teen turmoil starts at birth. Parents set examples in the way they interact, express anger, and treat substance abuse.
In many cases of suicide or attempted suicide, undiagnosed and untreated mental illness—especially depression—is to blame.