Archive | October, 2011

Your Teen’s Shyness May Not Be “Just a Phase”

Puberty can bring an onset of mixed emotions which can surface as unique traits and characteristics you probably had never seen before in your child. Becoming less social, less talkative, and overall more introverted is actually common among many teens. The heightened fear of falling into a social faux pas causes many teens to dodge […]

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How to Manage School Refusal Behaviors

How to Manage School Refusal Behaviors (aka when ‘playing hooky’ becomes a serious situation)    by Christina Walker, Psy.D., Site Director at Menlo-Atherton High School “I don’t want to go to school today.”  Is there a parent who hasn’t heard this plaintive cry from a child or adolescent?  Children and teenagers can and will miss […]

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Child Trends Strategies on Risky Behavior Among Teens

Child Trends is an organization that focuses its attention on current news and trends that affect our youth. The most recent newsletter by Child Trends discusses an annual event hosted by the organization. The event is in honor of Child Trends Senior Research Scholar and former Child Trends President, Kristin Moore. The focus of this […]

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Teens and Drinking: Beyond the Obvious Influences

when trying to find the influence behind a teen’s fixation with alcohol, there are the usual suspects- their closest friends, the boyfriend/girlfriend, or the environment at home. But recent studies are showing that the linkage between teens and alcohol may not be as direct as it seems. Studies show that if a teen is in […]

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Helping Your Child Transition

The school year is in full swing, but your child’s transition into the new school year may not be. Whether its the tall girl whose growth spurt hit early in 6th grade, or the the late bloomers in their entering their junior year of high school- transitioning can be rough.  The transition is not just […]

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