Posts in category "Health, Body & Fitness"

What parents need to know about depression and emotional resilience in teens

What parents need to know about depression and emotional resilience in teens
I’m very happy to welcome guest poster Cheryl Frommelt, a therapist with more than two decades of experience working with adolescents and their families.. She previously shared her thoughts on the biggest challenges facing adolescents and is back today to share what  parents need to know about depression in teens, and how parents can help... Read more »

How to properly dispose of prescription drugs, which helps stop medicine abuse

How to properly dispose of prescription drugs, which helps stop medicine abuse
We all have prescription bottles with a few pills in them in our medicine cabinets. It’s pretty common to receive more medication than we need to take. We hang on to it. It’s not so bad to have on hand, right? Actually, it can be bad. Prescription drug abuse is an issue. Every day, 2,500... Read more »

Preventing and Treating Pimples: What to Teach Your Kids

Preventing and Treating Pimples: What to Teach Your Kids
Pimples are a natural part of growing up, but they are definitely not fun, at any age. They can be physically painful, and they can take a toll mentally or emotionally as well. It’s important to teach your kids not only how to treat them, but also how to prevent them in the first place... Read more »
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Can parasites invade your tween's eye? What you need to know about Acanthamoeba keratitis

Can parasites invade your tween's eye? What you need to know about Acanthamoeba keratitis
Today I’m taking my tween to the opthamologist for her annual vision check. I allowed her to get contacts and while she’s loving them, I’ve always been concerned about her taking proper care and precautions when it comes to caring for her eyes, especially with contacts. My caution came in part from having a family... Read more »

This World Cancer Day, take steps to protect your kids from skin cancer

This World Cancer Day, take steps to protect your kids from skin cancer
February 4 is World Cancer Day. WorldCancerDay.org states that the day is an opportunity to “take a positive and proactive approach to the fight against cancer, highlighting that solutions do exist across the continuum of cancer, and that they are within our reach.” Each year, approximately 14 million people worldwide learn they have cancer, and... Read more »

Why your children should sit in the back seat of the car if they are younger than 13

Why your children should sit in the back seat of the car if they are younger than 13
My daughter and I road tripped together this summer, and it was just the two of us in the family roadster hitting America’s highways and byways.  I was in the driver’s seat and she was in the back seat. That raised a few eye brows. Why wasn’t she riding shotgun in the front seat with... Read more »
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CDC says HPV vaccination rates among teens "unacceptably low"

CDC says HPV vaccination rates among teens "unacceptably low"
Officials from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that they are disappointed in the low number of teens ages 13 to 17 receiving the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. In a survey published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, investigators estimate that 57% of girls and 35% of boys had... Read more »

Adolescent brain development

Does it seem like your tweens and teens are completely oblivious to things that seem so obvious to adults? Why on Earth are they so self-centered? Why do smart kids make risky decisions? Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore studies the human brain and says the rate and areas of brain development that occur in adolescence can... Read more »

Snorting Smarties: Latest dumb tween activity is gross but not common

Snorting Smarties: Latest dumb tween activity is gross but not common
Have you heard the news story today that the latest tween fad is crushing Smarties (the candy) into a powder and then snorting it? Or smoking crushed Smarties by putting the powder in their mouths and attempting to blow it out of their noses. To prove I’m not making it up, check out this news... Read more »
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3 Factors to consider before allowing your tween athlete to specialize in one sport

3 Factors to consider before allowing your tween athlete to specialize in one sport
Between practices, games, conditioning, camps and all else that goes along with playing a sport in middle school or junior high, tweens are finding it increasingly difficult to be multiple sport athletes. Many adolescents and parents feel a push to specialize in one sport, and those trying to play multiple sports finding it very challenging... Read more »