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Cyberbullying 101: A parent’s guide

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Cyberbullying has become a major danger for youth and continues to be more and more common. What is the profile of the aggressor? What are the consequences for the victim? And what can we do as parents?

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Why is teen pregnancy still happening? What parents need to know (Part I)

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Teenage pregnancy still happens with more frequency than parents may realize. Although effective forms of birth control exist, there are developmental reasons that teens do not use them or fail to use them properly.

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Oh no! My child has head lice

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Every school year millions of parents all around the world are horror struck when their child comes home from school with an itchy scalp caused by head lice. There are myths about head lice and what is says about a child or his or her family. This post is meant to help parents understand this common childhood experience to manage better both the stigma and the treatment.

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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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