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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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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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Breastfeeding tips for less than perfect beginnings

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All major global pediatric groups agree that breast milk is best for babies and exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life is recommended. Many hospitals have programs to promote breastfeeding and support mothers who want to breastfeed.

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Teen dieting may lead to eating disorders

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Modern teens are in a difficult position. Thinness for girls and leanness for boys is prized by both the social media esthetic, popularized by Instagram, as well as current fashion trends. Ironically, the social pressure to be thin is happening at a time when more than 30% of adolescents aged 12-19 years are overweight or obese. Additionally, 50% of teen girls are, or think they should be, on a diet. 

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