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“Teen Speak” Author Shares Strategies to get Kids Talking to Parents
Relationships

“Teen Speak” Author Shares Strategies to get Kids Talking to Parents

Jennifer Salerno, is an author, speaker, nurse practitioner, and founder of Possibilities for Change. Drawing on her professional expertise, research and her own experience as a mother, Dr. Salerno authored the book, “Teen Speak: A how-to guide for real talks with teens about sex, drugs and other risky behaviors.” Dr. Salerno’s book aims to empower and equip parents with practical tools to broach difficult topics to...

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0 / / Nov 23, 2016
Why Talking about Suicide with Teens is Critical
Mental Health

Why Talking about Suicide with Teens is Critical

There’s a critical seven-letter word often concealed in speech by a whisper. People are afraid to say it. It’s hard to talk about, but there’s a lot of curiosity swirling around the topic. It happens every 40 seconds worldwide. What’s this mystery word that elicits such fear? Tilt your screen so no one can see. We are talking about suicide. Sounds terrifyingly dark. Despairing. That’s...

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0 / / Sep 14, 2016
5 Ways to Teach Kids Emotional Intelligence this Election Season
Emotional Health

5 Ways to Teach Kids Emotional Intelligence this Election Season

As vehement rhetoric is blasted from all points on the political spectrum this election season, it is easy for children to copy the not-so-emotionally-intelligent language and behaviors modeled by adults—politicians and citizens alike. Have you found yourself or someone you know yelling obscenities during the evening news, or making a moral judgement of another driver on the interstate because of a campaign bumper sticker? When politics and emotions...

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0 / / Aug 24, 2016
Adobe Stock© alexsokolov/Adobe Stock Mental Health

The shrill ring of your cell phone rouses your mind alert as your limbs begin to shake off the stillness of sleep. It’s nearing midnight. Who could be calling? It’s the parent of a student who goes to your teenager’s school. They sound panicked and are throwing words at you a mile a minute. You hang up and rush to your teen’s bedroom to check...

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Adobe Stock© Photocreo Bednarek/Adobe Stock Relationships

Parents of teenagers frequently find themselves distraught over the sudden change in the relationship they have with their maturing adolescent. There can be reports of abrupt shifts in their teen’s demeanor, along with emotional distancing. Does this sound familiar? Teen goes into their bedroom, shuts the door, and offers up few words without parental interrogation. While this could be a bit of an exaggeration, the years...

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Adobe Stock© Photocreo Bednarek/Adobe Stock Social Media

When you think about your teen’s social media activity you may envision an exchange of silly emoticons amidst a slew of indecipherable text abbreviations. But what happens when teens are in an emotionally vulnerable place and they take it online? Recently, I was perusing my own Facebook newsfeed and came across a disconcerting post from a family friend’s middle-school-aged daughter who lamented that she was...

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