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The link between social media and teen suicide

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The number of adolescent suicides has increased as social media has gained popularity. Some of the statistics linking suicide with social media use are alarming. Learn what factors influence this relationship and what we can do as parents to reduce our child’s risk.

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The importance of avoiding spanking as a child discipline method

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Following the work of many previous studies, new research continues to confirm the harmful relationship between physically disciplining children (e.g. spanking or hitting) and the link with mental health issues, suicide, and substance use in adulthood.

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The risks of being overweight or obese as a child

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Parents of overweight children may see this problem only as an aesthetic issue that can negatively affect children’s self-esteem and social interactions, which is true. However, there are more pressing dangers of being overweight or obese during childhood and adolescence.

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Dear Santa Claus: Guidelines on how to choose the best toys this Christmas

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We are nearing that special time of the year when children all around the world begin writing letters to Santa Claus with their Christmas wishes. It is also the time of year when parents begin to feel uncertain about which toys are appropriate for their children.

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