Depression Can Attack Teens

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Depression can attack teens, and in fact, it often does. One of the difficult things with depression is it’s often tough to tell if someone is depressed or if they’re just acting like a teenager with the mood swings. What you need to do is have a real close relationship. Try to follow up and make decisions, and look and see how the kids are doing. You cannot take depression lightly. If you have any suspicion, get your teen counseling, because the counseling can make a big difference in preventing long-term problems from occurring.

 

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Relax About Potty Training

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It is a cause of major concern for many parents. Potty training. They’re wondering, ‘Will my child really be able to use the toilet like other children?’ Calm down, your child will learn to use the bathroom. But many people are so fearful that it won’t happen at the pace they want it to or in the style they want it to. The bottom line is you have to be calm and realize that these are things that will occur at an appropriate level. If you want to talk to your doctor about counseling, you can, but children, in their own due time, all go to the potty.

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Study Looks at Parents of Obese Kids

Study Looks at Parents of Obese Kids

A University of Michigan study looked at the fact that many parents are not aware that their children are obese despite the fact they’re extremely overweight. It gained a great deal of attention because many looking at the issue from the outside wondered how can a parent not know an obese child has a weight problem? But this is not that unexpected. Parents are often the most objective appraisers of their children. Sometimes they are, sometimes they’re not. Whether it’s sports, academics, or appearance, parents will see what they want to see. For that reason, we have to be careful in those evaluations.

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Be Your Child’s Parent, Not Their Friend

Be Your Child’s Parent, Not Their Friend

One of the problems we have is that too many parents are “pleasing parents.” By that I mean, they want their children to be their friends. Well, guess what? Your children will someday be your friends, but along that path of friendship, there will be many times when they’re going to despise you, and that’s fine. You need to set the tone and you need to tell them what’s right and wrong. If you try to be their friend, you’re going to find yourself in a situation where you lose the discipline. You lose the control and you’re not able to regulate their lives as well.

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