All About "preteens" and "teenagers"

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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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How to Talk to Your Child's Teacher

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Parents want their kids to thrive in school, and research shows strong links between parental involvement in a child's education and academic success. Therefore, it makes sense to partner with your child's teachers to ensure a positive school experience.

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Keeping Teens Safe Online

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If you are a typical family, your kids probably know more about computers than you! You can't look over their shoulder at all times, but you can do a number of very smart things. Here are seven ways to keep your kids safe when they use the Internet.

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Mom Is not an ATM

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Do your kids think money grows on trees, or that you can simply go to the bank and the money magically appears? We all know it isn't that simple so why shouldn't they? Here are some tips to teaching your teens the value of money and how they can learn to budget their own.

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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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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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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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Bullying and Your Teenager

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The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that one out of every three students in grades six through 10 is the victim of bullies.

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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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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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