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Cell Phone High

For parents who are looking for an upside to cell phone use among your kids, look no further.

Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?

Amid an opioid epidemic, the rise of deadly synthetic drugs and the widening legalization of marijuana, a curious bright spot has emerged in the youth drug culture: American teenagers are growing less likely to try or regularly use drugs, including alcohol. With minor fits and starts, the trend has been building for a decade, with no clear understanding as to why.  Read More

Porn Kills Love

The saddest part of this article - for me, at least - is that it is absolutely NOT surprising. For years, I have heard these exact same sentiments from teens and tweens. This is an important read. Don't delude yourself that your child is immune. 

Sex Before Kissing: How 15-Year-Old Girls Are Dealing With Porn-Addicted Boys

“[I want] better education regarding sex for both boys and girls. Read More

Size Does Matter

During the tween and teen years, as kids' bodies morph, so too does their self esteem. We all know this. Clothing sizing plays a big role, and vanity sizing is not the solution. 

When Sizes Aren’t Standard, What Do They Mean?

You might be surprised to learn your standard sewing pattern size. In stores, I’m anywhere from a size 4 to an 8.  Read More

A Study with GUTS

As Perri Klass (pediatrician, personal hero) describes in this article, it's not just the disenfranchised youth but also the mainstream ones who face hurdles around self esteem during adolescence. GUTS (Growing Up Today Study) looked beyond body image perception and asked: what medicine and supplements do typical developing tweens and teens take in an effort to change their shape? The answers may not be surprising, but the numbers of teens doing it might...

Attention, Teenagers: Nobody Really Looks Like That

The universal truth of puberty and adolescence is body change, and relatively rapid body change. Teenagers have to cope with all kinds of comparisons, with their peers, with the childhood bodies they leave behind, and...Read More

e-Eek!

More damning news about e-cigarettes.

More Nonsmoking Teens Inhaling Flavored Nicotine Through Vaping

Many teenagers who never would have smoked cigarettes are now “vaping” with flavored e-cigarettes, leading to a...Read More