A New Perspective on Raising Flourishing Teens
A New Perspective on Raising Flourishing Teens
  • Parents who promote positive behaviors rather than focusing on bad behaviors have flourishing teens.
  • Most positive behaviors stem from four foundational skills; self-control, self-esteem, values, and empathy.
  • Through careful parenting choices, teens can learn the skills needed to make good decisions.
Resilience Series Part 1: Letting It Go
Resilience Series Part 1: Letting It Go

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  • Teaching children and teens to evaluate situations will help alleviate stress and build resilience.
  • Being proactive and discussing potential sources of anxiety can help in future decision making.
  • Resilience is a skill, and like any skill, it can be strengthened through practice.
Tobacco Use in Students is on the Rise
Tobacco Use in Students is on the Rise

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  • A survey of Utah students in grades 8, 10, and 12 showed the percentage of teens who tried e-cigarettes rose to 12 percent.
  • The long-term effects of e-cigarettes have not been studied and there is no proof that they are safe.
  • E-cigarettes may pave the way for a more serious addiction to cigarettes.
What You Need To Know About The HPV Vaccine
What You Need To Know About The HPV Vaccine

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  • HPV can lead to certain types of cancer, including cervical cancer in women and penile cancer in men.
  • The HPV vaccine is safe for children as young as 9 and can greatly reduce their risk of cancer.
  • Most insurance plans will cover the vaccination with no patient cost.
Talking About School: Getting Your Child To Open Up
Talking About School: Getting Your Child To Open Up

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  • Asking your children open-ended questions encourages a more detailed response.
  • Some children need a little time after they get home from school to open up.
  • Be respectful of your children’s feelings and don’t try to solve their problems for them.
What’s Happening to My Tween
What’s Happening to My Tween

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  • The brain and body changes we associate with the teen years are already beginning at ages 8 through twelve.
  • Questions about sexuality, drugs, and body image are on your child’s mind earlier than you may expect.
  • As kids develop more autonomy, we need new, less direct, strategies to communicate.
Freshman Mistakes: Guiding your freshman to a successful first year
Freshman Mistakes: Guiding your freshman to a successful first year

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  • The most common freshman problems are homesickness and stress.
  • Prepare your student several months before first term by letting them test life-skills from the safety of home and by investigating resources in advance.
  • Keep communication open by being an open-minded sounding board for their problems.
Teaching teens to connect without screens
Teaching teens to connect without screens

Article at-a-glance:

  • Because screen use is an integral part of work, school, and personal time, learning a healthy balance in the pre-teen and teen years is important.
  • The rise of screens and social media has impacted how our kids' generation makes and maintains relationships.
  • Helping your teens learn to connect without screens requires both creativity and clear expectations.

Building Emotional and Mental Maturity
Building Emotional and Mental Maturity

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  • Building self-esteem begins in infancy but it's never too late to start helping kids feel capable.
  • Responsibility and accountability can be taught by insisting kids contribute at their development level.
  • Kids learn best how to be young adults by being given repeated chances to try, fail, and succeed in their home environment.
Is my teen ready for college?
Is my teen ready for college?

Article at-a-glance:

  • Teens today are more academically but less emotionally prepared than previous generations.
  • Emotional maturity and preparation is a vital component for first-year college success.
  • Without preparation and support, freshman can find themselves isolated and overwhelmed.

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