Seven ways to avoid being a helicopter parent

If you want to be a solid,  practical, good parent (and not a helicopter parent) you might consider following these rules: Helicopter parents are sometimes called intensive, overly protective, or snow- plow parents. You do not want to be one! Here are some common parental pitfalls, based on my personal experience: 1. Do not do…

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Gun Violence in Children

Gun violence is now the number one cause of death in children Currently, the number one cause of death in children & teens ages 1-19 is gun violence and injury. Motor vehicle accidents used to be the primary cause of death, but not anymore.   Researchers found that firearm-related deaths overall increased 14% between 2019…

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Suicide Prevention in Teens Begins with Parental Awareness

Risk factors for teen & young adult suicide. Suicide prevention begins with parental awareness of risk factors in your teen or young adult. By knowing these risk factors, parents can recognize if their child or teen needs extra supervision, support, & more chances to talk: Deliberate but non-suicidal self-harm, such as cutting – puts kids…

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Stress in children and adolescents

Parents may not know how to recognize stress in their child. Look for these signs of stress in older children & adolescents… Changes in mood (not typical for your child) – irritability, rage, & new conflicts with friends. A new nervous habit, such as nail-biting may indicate anxiety. New fears – such as fear of…

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How to tell if your teenager has an eating disorder

eating disorders in teenagers

Updated as of Feb 2024 Understanding and Addressing Eating Disorders in Teenagers Eating disorders in teenagers have become a serious problem in today’s society. Adolescents often face a myriad of challenges, which include issues related to body image and self-esteem. These problems can contribute to the development of unhealthy eating habits. Addressing eating disorders in…

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