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The dangers of teen vaping

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Mark and Laura were divorced and raising teenagers. When Mark had his teens at his house, he would find vaping materials in their rooms and in their backpacks. He had many concerns about his children vaping, but seemed to be unable to find out where they were purchasing their supplies. Mark’s children were underage and should not have been able to buy these supplies. Yet no matter how many times he threw their vaping pens and flavored cartridges away, they always had new ones on their next stay. Mark wondered, “where are they buying this stuff?”

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How to help young children listen and follow instructions

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Claudia and William were at the grocery store with their 4-year-old son, Billy, who was sitting in the cart. Claudia and William stopped to discuss an item and Billy let out a loud scream. Claudia quickly turned around and said, “Billy, don’t do that,” then returned to her discussion with William. After 10 seconds, Billy screamed again. This time Claudia turned and gave Billy a hard stare and said, “Stop.” A few seconds passed and Billy screamed again. This time Claudia didn’t even look up and continued the conversation with her husband. Even though she was trying to ignore her son’s outburst, she wondered why Billy kept screaming and didn’t listen to her.

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Parental homework has to end

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After picking up her twins from school and providing an after-school snack, Jane asked her children to start their homework. She didn’t make it five steps out of their bedroom door before the requests “help” began. For the next two hours, Jane moved between her two children to keep them focused on doing their homework and assist them to complete it. As she bounced back and forth between her children she wondered,” who is responsible for making sure homework gets done – me or my children?”

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What parents need to know about bullying

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Laura came home from work and found her 13-year-old son, John, lying on the bed with his new GAP sweatshirt crumpled on the floor. She gently asked him what had happened and he handed her his phone with a picture of him. The photo had the words Gay And Proud written below the GAP brand on his sweatshirt. The comments of his classmates were less than pleasant and John was worried about going to school the next day.

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