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Category: Health & Wellness

Posted Jan. 18, 2019, 8 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
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A stay at a residential treatment center can be life-changing for a teenager, but the work doesn’t end when a child comes home. “Completing rehab is just the beginning. Adjusting after the return is a big challenge for everyone involved – the teenagers, the parents, the rest of the family,” says Tina Muller, family wellness manager at Mountainside Treatment Center, an alcohol and drug addiction treatment center in Canaan, Conn. Parents should begin doing their own work while the child is away, she says. LOOKING FOR HELP? GET OUR TEEN THERAPEUTIC GUIDE “Start building a network that you can rely ...

Posted Dec. 15, 2018, 8 a.m. by Sonja Montiel | View Comments
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Our children never outgrow wanting “stuff” for the holidays. Look at your teen’s gift list and you will see the usual items that sound like a foreign language, possibly with footnotes about their emotional dependency for each item. Go ahead, read it: I really need to have the-most-advanced-tech-thingy-that-you-don’t-know-how-to-use-or-pronounce, or everyone is wearing this piece-of-cloth-that’s-way-too-expensive-but-I’ll-die-without-it! As parents, we have been there, done that, and negotiated for years, right? However, if you have a high school senior, maybe you won’t read such a list this particular season. For most seniors, something extraordinary happens with their wish lists for the holidays. The concept ...

Posted Oct. 31, 2018, 8 a.m. by Roberta Cannon | View Comments
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All teens who head off to college do so with some anticipation, anxiety and fear of the unknown, along with excitement about the freedom this new environment has to offer. But students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, often experience more stress and have more academic difficulties than other students, according to Children and Adults Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, a nonprofit that provides facts and information about ADHD. If you are the parent of a child with ADHD, you probably began preparing for college when your child started kindergarten. You made sure they took everything they needed for the day at school, double-checked ...

Posted Oct. 16, 2018, 8 a.m. by Roberta Cannon | View Comments
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While there are many programs to help support teens through the various challenges of adolescence, mindfulness has become more popular over the last few years as a way to deal with pressures such as stress and bullying. “Mindfulness or mindful awareness is paying attention on purpose to what’s happening right now, internally and externally,” said Katie Medlar, director of school and community-based programs at Calmer Choice on Cape Cod. “We do this with kindness and curiosity for ourselves and others.” Calmer Choice is a nonprofit organization that sponsors secular mindfulness programs in more than 28 schools, for 15,000 students and ...

Posted Aug. 23, 2018, 12:11 p.m. by Danielle Bogaty | View Comments
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#Wellth. Nope, that’s not a typo, but a word mashup. You know, a combo of words put together to mean something new. Examples you’ve likely heard are vlog (video/blog), hangry (hungry/angry), or jeggings (jeans/leggings). Wellth is a combo of wellness/health and just so happens to sound like wealth. Wow, that makes it a trifecta of a word! If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s being used by various companies, hashtagged socially everywhere and seems here to stay. Keeping your health is the new wealth, and that is accomplished by taking care of your body both physically and mentally. Wellth ...

Posted Aug. 9, 2018, 8 a.m. by Stephen Gray Wallace | View Comments
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First, the good news. A new Youth Risk Behavior Survey report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is partially meant to focus the nation on behaviors among young people that cause the most serious health problems, and to assess how those risk behaviors change over time. This will help to foster critical prevention strategies for parents and professionals. And, new data analysis published by The New York Times reveals that, compared to survey results from 10 years ago, fewer kids report having had sex, drinking alcohol or using a host of other drugs. But there’s plenty of bad ...

Posted Aug. 8, 2018, 9 a.m. by Laurie Higgins | View Comments
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Becoming clean and sober is only the beginning of a lifelong journey for teenagers who have abused drugs and/or alcohol. By the time most teenagers struggling with addiction reach sobriety, their parents have suffered through sleepless nights, had countless arguments and spent plenty of money. They are invested in helping their child continue to do well, but many don’t know exactly what to do. We asked two addiction specialists who work with teenagers for their best advice on how to support your sober teen. Be a good role model. Studies show that teens whose parents are vocal about their disapproval ...

Posted June 13, 2018, 8 a.m. by Conner Reed | View Comments
The 10 Most Horrific Types of Websites to Block from your Teens

Parenting in 2018 means something very different than it did in 2008, or even 2017. The digital landscape changes so rapidly that Twitter will probably have a new privacy policy by the time you’re done reading this blog post. What can feel confusing for older generations (Didn’t Facebook used to be cool? Since when were YouTube and TV the same thing?) is often an intuitive breeze for young people. In a world with nearly 2 billion websites where at least 30 percent of teens admit to hiding their online behaviors, this can spike a parent’s blood pressure. The internet can ...

Posted Jan. 20, 2018, 8 a.m. by Stephen Gray Wallace | View Comments
What Every Parent Needs to Know About Addiction

Our children are at risk. And as rates of addiction soar for old and young, it’s essential that parents educate themselves about youth substance abuse. One 24-year-old college graduate told me, “I grew up in the suburban town of New Canaan, Conn., boasting some of the ‘best’ public schools in the country, high standardized-test scores and a near-perfect graduation rate. “I personally know five people who have passed away from heroin addictions. To make it through high school with friends, we basically had to take on a drug addiction of some sort, whether it was eating pills, getting wasted drunk, ...

Posted Nov. 13, 2017, 8 a.m. by Ruth Wilson | View Comments
Our Four Best Tips for Organizing Your Student Without Nagging

Homework is a problem in many families, especially those with high school students who have executive function difficulties and depend upon their parents for help or even to remind them to start a homework assignment. Then, as students get older and want greater independence, homework creates stress as they push back against parental intervention. It can also be a frustrating time for parents, who now have to spend their evenings arguing about homework until both parent and student are exhausted. This also leads to students hearing the message that they’re the problem and seeing homework as a system designed to ...

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