Tweens & Teens

The Sext Talk: More Kids Are Sending Explicit Text Messages

Kids as young as age 11 are sending and receiving sexually explicit text messages, a new study notes. How can parents address this risky behavior?

How to Become a ‘Potted Plant’ Parent for Your Teen

A new study shows teens need their parents around more than they might let on, so how can you be there without overdoing it? Check out these tips on being a "potted plant" parent.

Dealing With Teenage Drama: Advice for Parents

What's the secret for parents hoping to strike a balance they and their emotional kids can live with? Here are some tips and tricks for dealing with teenage drama.

How to Handle Delicate Teen Self Esteem

As early as first grade, self-doubt bubbles up. Here's why and what to do.

Healing After Heartbreak

You know it's not the end of the world – but it sure can feel like it to teens. Here's how to shepherd your heartbroken little lamb through that major breakup.

Teens and Sarcasm: A Stroll in the Snark

Find out why teen sarcasm is healthy – and how to draw some lines.

Teenage Brain Development: Hardwired to Test Parental Patience

Risky behavior, skipping curfew and more: Your kid's behavior may be making you crazy, but it's not personal. Turns out, his brain is still developing. Find out what's happening.

New Year’s Resolutions for Teens

These improvement goals can be positive growth opportunities. Here's how parents can help with New Year's resolutions for teens in four areas: weight, money, grades and friends.

Teen Privacy: The Closed-Door Policy

Somewhere around age 12, kids start locking their bedroom doors. Decide where you'll draw the line on tween and teen privacy.

Cutting Off Cuddles: When Kids Don’t Want to Give Hugs Anymore

Let your tween take the lead on giving hugs and kisses – or not.

Digital Self-Harm: A Surprising Issue Among Adolescents

A recent study found that 6 percent of kids ages 12-17 actually bully themselves online. A local expert weighs in on why and how to help.

How to React if You Find Out Your Teen is Sexually...

No one wants to think about kids being sexually active but it's a part of life. Learn how to put the brakes on underage sex and how to cope if it happens.