Parenting Articles

  • Recognizing Depression in Teenagers

    Depression strikes youth and adolescents far more often than most people realize. Children who experience depression are not just in a bad mood and misbehaving. Depression negatively impacts their lives by interfering with their ability to perform at their best level. By recognizing depression and getting treatment for your child(ren), parents can improve their child(ren)’s chances of living a higher quality, healthier life.

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  • Recognizing Depression in Youth

    Depression strikes youth and adolescents far more often than most people realize. Children who experience depression are not just in a bad mood and misbehaving. Depression negatively impacts their lives by interfering with their ability to perform at their best level. By recognizing depression and getting treatment for your child(ren), parents can improve their child(ren)'s chances of living a higher quality, healthier life.

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  • Why Attendance is Important in Helping Every Student Succeed

    One of the most important things your child can do to reach the goal of success is also one of the most basic: attend school every day on time! By attending class regularly, your child is more likely to keep up with daily lessons and assignments and take quizzes and tests on time. Research has shown that your child's regular attendance may be the greatest factor influencing his/her academic success.

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  • Positive Parenting Practices

    Positive parenting principles are rooted in a secure, trusting and connected relationship between parents and children. A relationship with your children that is empathetic, loving and respectful reinforces the family bond, while a harsh relationship weakens that bond. Remember that the ultimate goal of parenting is to help children develop into well-adjusted adults who are in control of their behavior and have a healthy sense of themselves.

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  • Substance Use and Substance Abuse Disorder in Adolescents

    Substance use and abuse among adolescents ranges from experimentation to severe substance abuse disorders. Different substances (alcohol and other drugs) affect the brain in different ways.

    Individuals use substances because of the effect they cause. Some individuals use because it makes them feel good while others use because it relieves feelings of distress. Adolescents experiment with substances on varying degrees. Some use small amounts of substances once or twice during adolescence, while others may develop patterns of heavy use that can lead to dependence or addiction. All substance use, even experimental use, can put adolescents at risk of short-term problems, such as accidents, fights, unwanted sexual activity, high risk-taking behaviors, and/or driving while intoxicated and overdosing.

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  • Promoting the Development of Self-Esteem in Your Children

    Self-esteem is what we think and feel about ourselves. It relates to our qualities, capabilities and the way weview ourselves, including our self-concept. This article explores the importance of self-esteem and what parents can do to help their children develop positive self-esteem. 

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  • Anxiety in Children

    Feeling worried or nervous is a normal part of everyday life. Everyone is anxious at times. Mild to moderate anxiety can even be beneficial for children as it helps them to focus their attention, energy and motivation. However, children with heightened anxiety, or generalized anxiety disorder, have persistent worry that they are unable to control. They are preoccupied with or worried about their success in activities and their ability to gain others' approval. Oftentimes they worry about being perfect. If anxiety is severe, children may experience feelings of helplessness, confusion and extreme worry that are out of proportion with the actual seriousness or likelihood of the feared event. Overwhelming anxiety that interferes with daily life is not normal and may be a symptom of another problem. Anxiety disorders are a type of medical problem.

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  • Anti-Bullying Facts for Parents

    Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power or strength. The bullying behavior is typically repeated over time and has the potential to cause severe emotional trauma. Bullying includes cyber bullying; it does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, peer conflict or isolated acts of harassment, aggressive behavior, intimidation or meanness.

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  • Anger Management Skills

    Helpful tips to assist parents in teaching their child(ren) how to better manage their anger issues.

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  • ABCs of Discipline

    The ABCs of Discipline is a helpful tool to assist parents in managing their child(ren)'s negative behavior.

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