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Dating and Your Child

It's a rite of passage for any adolescent. As a parent, you can and should set ground rules for dating and relationships that will help your teen as she nagivates romantic relationships.

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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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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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Your Daughter Is Dating!

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Time to face the inevitable: Your teenage daughter no longer plays with Barbie, but dresses like her. And she's ready to date! Before you put your dating rules for your teen into effect, prepare yourself with these dating do's and don'ts designed for YOU.

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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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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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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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