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

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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Why Talking about Suicide with Teens is Critical Mental Health

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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5 Ways to Teach Kids Emotional Intelligence this Election Season Emotional Health

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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When Olympic gymnasts Lee Eun-ju of South Korea and Hong Un-Jong of North Korea snapped a selfie together at the Rio 2016 Olympics, it generated a lot of buzz. Once live on Twitter, the post was met with enthusiasm and people interpreted the selfie as symbol of unity, albeit fleeting, for the two nations with adversarial relations. Politics aside, the two female gymnasts were simply...

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Article originally published on PurposeSpeaks.com. Have you been anywhere recently where you could feel a radiating aura of enthusiasm? I’m referring to the type of excitement that’s visceral, but on an ordinary day. If not, I’ll take you there. Between the walls of an elementary school there’s a pivotal transition period that occurs between the structured school day and recess. It’s one of inspiration, and...

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Without actually exchanging money, your kid could download the new Justin Bieber hit, order up a Frappuccino at Starbucks and purchase a new video game on Amazon. This is, if you allow or overlook such financial freedom. Such transactions are seamless. You click a few buttons and get what you want. No one has to bother with counting out exact change or interacting with a...

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GUEST POST Most people have probably heard of “special brownies,” the term used to describe cannabis-infused brownies that, when ingested, provide euphoric effects similar to the effects of smoking marijuana. Cannabis brownies are typically known as the most common form of edible marijuana products, often referred to simply as “edibles.” Edibles are appealing to individuals who want to use marijuana without having to smoke it and may...

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How often do you sneer at your own reflection or mutter a self-deprecating comment because you feel unhappy with the way you look? Perhaps tough to admit, many of us are guilty of being unkind to ourselves. You may vow never to wear clothing that accentuates the features you deem unacceptable, or make incessant remarks about dimples, flab or extra pounds. Nicknames have been given...

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When someone’s eyes begin to water and the first teardrop trickles down their face, there’s a pretty standard response from people. Tissues are whisked from the Kleenex box and offered. It’s a quick panacea for sadness as though dabbing the soft cotton fibers will ease emotional pain. Well-intended words attempt to console the person crying, along with outstretched arms welcoming an embrace. “It’s going to be...

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Have you ever been plagued by a worry so intense that you can’t focus on the very thing that has you worried? It’s quite a conundrum. A blank stare settles on your face as concentration gets disrupted by negative self-talk. “I can’t do this.” “I’m going to fail.” “I want to give up.” Worry can have debilitating effects. For many students, this self-defeating mechanism takes hold...

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