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Girls Need Sports Too!

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Have you ever wondered why girls drop out of sports by the truckload once they reach high school? The drop out rate is seven times greater than that of boys.

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Video Games: Friend or Foe?

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The battle of words over the danger or safety of video games continues to rage.

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Simple Mommy Secrets to Choosing the Right Chores for Kids

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Several years ago I learned a Mommy Secret from my girlfriend about kids' chores that I've never forgot.

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Middle-Schoolers Home Alone

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Many young teens stay home alone after school. Parents are concerned but feel they have few alternatives. Still, preparation is critical and there are many things to consider if you are thinking about allowing your child to remain home alone after school.

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Home Alone: Is Your Teen Ready?

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As summertime approaches and parents pack the last lunches and await the final report cards, they face a familiar worry: What to do with the kids during the summer? Finding quality childcare is time consuming and expensive, but leaving teens home for the whole day can be worrisome for parents. How do you know when it's time to let your teenagers and preteens stay by themselves while you're at work?

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A Crisis of Confidence: Teenage Girls and the Risky Years (Part 2)

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In part two of this article, read how girls entering puberty often face a "crisis in confidence" which makes them vulnerable to risky behavior, and these bad choices can have devastating lifelong consequences.

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A Crisis of Confidence: Teenage Girls and the Risky Years

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Find out how mentors can help teenage girls survive the risky years and how you can find a mentor for your teenage daughter or become a mentor yourself.

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What Every Parent Should Know About Standardized Testing

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If your child is constantly sharpening up those No. 2 pencils, you may want to ask your child's teacher for a meeting and find out just what those test scores really mean.

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Rites of Passage in Adolescence

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Every day, it seems, someone says teenagers are so different than they used to be. We hear about drug and alcohol use, violence, disrespect, and a myriad of other ills that are affecting our adolescents, including low self-esteem, anger, depression, and family problems. But it seems that little is said about how to create a positive transition from adolescence to adulthood. Here are some ideas for parents.

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Video: Mixed Grades for No Child Left Behind

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After five years, has the No Children Left Behind bill changed education?

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