Archives for September, 2012

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Tips for Parents: Weeding Through the Facts About Teens and Marijuana

The Mason family is like so many others that I have seen in counseling. They happen to have two boys--Sam who is fourteen, and Max who is seventeen-but I've heard the same story from families with girls. Both parents are particularly concerned about Sam whose grades have been spiraling downward at the same time as his attitude has gotten more irritable and negative. When I ask about...
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Can TV, Videogames, and Computer Use Be Harming Your Teen’s Health?

Although worries about sex, drugs, and school still top the list when I talk to parents of teenagers, the issue of screen time, video games and social media sites often have parents and teens in bitter battles. What's a good parent to do?

According to a 2010 study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average American youth spends eight to ten hours a day on some form of media--often more than one...
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