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For Vulnerable Teens, Facebook Interactions Can Devastat | CRC Health Group Blog

For Vulnerable Teens, Facebook Interactions Can Devastat | CRC Health Group Blog | News for Parents | Scoop.it
Facebook interactions can damage esteem. Teen girls with low self-esteem are especially vulnerable to comparing themselves to images of others on Facebook.
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Your Teen Has Come Out To You And Told You He's Gay... Now What? | CRC Health Group Blog

Your Teen Has Come Out To You And Told You He's Gay... Now What? | CRC Health Group Blog | News for Parents | Scoop.it

Your reaction to your child's revelation that he or she is gay is a pivotal moment in your relationship. Make sure you're prepared to do the right thing.

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ADHD Diagnoses In Children Up 66 Percent

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More children in the U.S. are being diagnosed with ADHD than even before -- 10.4 million in 2010 -- according to a new study that concluded a staggering rise in diagnoses of 66 percent since the year 2000.
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Simple Gun Safety Tips Can Help Save Lives | CRC Health Group Blog

Simple Gun Safety Tips Can Help Save Lives | CRC Health Group Blog | News for Parents | Scoop.it

It is estimated that 22 million U.S. children live in a house with a firearm. 30% of handguns are stored unlocked and loaded. Gun ownership and firearm safety is a controversial and divisive topic. But one fact is beyond dispute: In a house where guns are kept, the degree of safety a child has rests squarely on the child’s parents.

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It's A Matter Of Respect - Stop Using The R-Word | CRC Health Group Blog

It's A Matter Of Respect - Stop Using The R-Word | CRC Health Group Blog | News for Parents | Scoop.it
The word “retard” or “retarded” is deeply offensive to many, especially those in the autism community, and affects people in ways that hurt far worse than most can imagine.
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Born Addicted: Prescription Pill Addiction Passes from Mothers to Babies | CRC Health Group Blog

Born Addicted: Prescription Pill Addiction Passes from Mothers to Babies | CRC Health Group Blog | News for Parents | Scoop.it
As the number of pregnant women with prescription pill addiction continues to rise, more babies are being born addicted to prescription pills and other opiates.
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What Message Are We Sending Girls About Math? | CRC Health Group Blog

What Message Are We Sending Girls About Math? | CRC Health Group Blog | News for Parents | Scoop.it

Girls aren’t good at math. That is what a surprising number of them think at least. Certainly not true, but the deep-seated math-gender stereotype that exists in our culture leads a majority of them to think so.

 

A study published in the journal Child Development suggests that girls’ lack of interest in math may come from culturally communicated messages about math being more appropriate for boys than girls.

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The Tricky Business of Parenting an Asperger's Teen | CRC Health Group Blog

The Tricky Business of Parenting an Asperger's Teen | CRC Health Group Blog | News for Parents | Scoop.it

Children with Aspergers Syndrome can be difficult to parent and to love when they are young, and adding adolescence to the mix can make an already challenging parenting situation radically more so.

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School Bullying and Suicide | Psychology Today

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Does school bullying cause suicide? By Maureen Healy...

 

Over the last few weeks, I have had a flurry of calls from "stressed out" parents because their kids said to them: "I am going to commit suicide if you make me go back to that school. I want to end it all. My 'friends' at school laughed at me when I was being teased and it was horrible. I hate life." Well, the good news is that every parent that sought my help now has their kids feeling healthier and happier. But the question remains: Is bullying the cause of some suicides?

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Are You an Overprotective Parent? | CRC Health Group Blog

Are You an Overprotective Parent? | CRC Health Group Blog | News for Parents | Scoop.it

There is a fine line between responsible parenting and overprotective parenting. If you are overprotective, you may be doing your child more harm than good. 

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Could Your Husband or Wife Be a Hidden Alcoholic? | CRC Health Group Blog

Could Your Husband or Wife Be a Hidden Alcoholic? | CRC Health Group Blog | News for Parents | Scoop.it

Many people who struggle with alcoholism are effective at hiding their behaviors and continuing to function at a high level on the job and in social situations. If you suspect that someone you care about has a hidden problem with alcohol, here are seven questions to ask yourself.

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Dread The IEP Meeting? Prepare For A More Successful Experience | CRC Health Group Blog

Dread The IEP Meeting? Prepare For A More Successful Experience | CRC Health Group Blog | News for Parents | Scoop.it

Navigating the special education system is not easy, and parents have to be vigilant in continuously advocating for their children. You are going to invest a lot of time in the process – as well as blood, sweat and tears – but always remember that you know your child and their special needs best and that you are their best advocate.

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Does Your Daughter Hate What She Sees In The Mirror? | CRC Health Group Blog

Does Your Daughter Hate What She Sees In The Mirror? | CRC Health Group Blog | News for Parents | Scoop.it

Young and adolescent girls receive an onslaught of destructive messages about their bodies from a number of different sources. Factors that contribute to an unhealthy body image can include the media, parents who engage in negative self-talk or extreme dieting, other adults who may make insensitive comments, and their own peers groups.

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Parental Engagement Proves No Easy Goal

Parental Engagement Proves No Easy Goal | News for Parents | Scoop.it
Piecemeal strategies may undercut NCLB-mandated efforts to draw in parents. (How can schools foster meaningful parental engagement in their children's education?
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Does Decline in Soda Sales Signal Healthier Habits | CRC Health Group Blog

Does Decline in Soda Sales Signal Healthier Habits | CRC Health Group Blog | News for Parents | Scoop.it
Carbonated soft drinks have been linked to obesity. Does the current decline in soda sales indicate an increase in healthier nutrition habits among Americans?
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[Influence factors of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression symptoms in children and adolescents after Wenchuan earthquake in China]. | MyPTSD Feeds

[Influence factors of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression symptoms in children and adolescents after Wenchuan earthquake in China]. | MyPTSD Feeds | News for Parents | Scoop.it
[Influence factors of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression symptoms in children and...
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Beware The Dangers of the Prom Dress Diet | CRC Health Group Blog

Beware The Dangers of the Prom Dress Diet | CRC Health Group Blog | News for Parents | Scoop.it
Extreme dieting in order to fit into a smaller prom dress can lead teen girls into disordered eating habits.
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CDC Attempts to Shock Smokers Into Kicking the Habit | CRC Health Group Blog

CDC Attempts to Shock Smokers Into Kicking the Habit | CRC Health Group Blog | News for Parents | Scoop.it

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is taking its anti-smoking message to a dramatic (and sure to be controversial) new level with the launch of a nationwide ad campaignThe CRC's Tips from Former Smokers anti-smoking campaign will feature graphic images of disfiguring and debilitating problems associated with tobacco use.

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Steroids And Teen Athletes – A Dangerous Combination | CRC Health Group Blog

Steroids And Teen Athletes – A Dangerous Combination | CRC Health Group Blog | News for Parents | Scoop.it

Performance enhancing drugs are making their way into far too many high school locker rooms and onto far too many high school playing fields. Teens are turning to anabolic steroids for both social and athletic reasons, and are willing to sacrifice long-term health for perceived short-term benefits.

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Body Mass Index & Children: What Every Parent Needs to Know | CRC Health Group Blog

Body Mass Index & Children: What Every Parent Needs to Know | CRC Health Group Blog | News for Parents | Scoop.it

Body mass index is an important tool in determining whether or not a child is at healthy weight. But calculating BMI for a child, adolescent, or teen is a bit more complex than caculating BMI for an adult.

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Don't Underestimate The Power Of The Family Dinner | CRC Health Group Blog

Don't Underestimate The Power Of The Family Dinner | CRC Health Group Blog | News for Parents | Scoop.it

Meal time at home is the single strongest predictor of better achievement scores and fewer behavioral problems. Additional studies have shown that kids who frequently eat with their families are less likely to suffer from depression, consider suicide or develop an eating disorder.

 

Eating family dinners at least five times a week drastically lowers a teen’s chance of smoking, drinking and using drugs. 

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Is Your Ignorance of Teen Text Lingo Putting Your Child in Danger? | CRC Health Group Blog

Is Your Ignorance of Teen Text Lingo Putting Your Child in Danger? | CRC Health Group Blog | News for Parents | Scoop.it

Adolescents and teenagers use codes & other forms of text lingo to hide dangerous or inappropriate behaviors from their parents. As a parent, it's important to understand the code so you can keep your child safe.

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When Your Child Is A Worrier: Childhood Anxiety | CRC Health Group Blog

When Your Child Is A Worrier: Childhood Anxiety | CRC Health Group Blog | News for Parents | Scoop.it

1 in 8 children suffer from some type of anxiety disorder. Collectively, anxiety disorders are among the most common mental disorders experienced by Americans.

Untreated children are at a higher risk of poor academic performance, absence from social activities, and engagement in substance abuse.

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What Really Goes on in the Mind of a Stressed Teenager? | CRC Health Group Blog

What Really Goes on in the Mind of a Stressed Teenager? | CRC Health Group Blog | News for Parents | Scoop.it

Researchers have discovered that chronic moderate stress or shorter term high stress can be more harmful to the brain of adolescents than it is to adults.

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Do Overweight Students Miss More School? | CRC Health Group Blog

Do Overweight Students Miss More School? | CRC Health Group Blog | News for Parents | Scoop.it

Childhood overweight and obesity have been associated with a range of health problems, including hypertension, diabetes, depression, and even the early onset of puberty among overweight boys and girls.

 

Now, a new study suggests that overweight and obese adolescents and teenagers are also more likely to miss more school than are their peers whose weight falls within the “normal” range.

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