Tweens and Teens

Adolescence can be a tricky time, both for parents struggling to understand their children’s issues and for teens and tweens attempting to forge their new identities. Learn how to understand your teenagers in these articles.

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Teens need to socialize. Learn how much social time is enough for your teen in this article.

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Starting a little before the teen years, children's bodies start to metamorphose into adult bodies. Find out what puberty is in this article.

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Puberty starts with the release of hormones that signal the beginning stages of sexual development and physical growth. Learn what types of hormones are changing during puberty in this article.

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Either buy your daughter a month-at-a-glance calendar in the stationery store or use an online menstrual calendar. Learn where to find a menstruation calendar for your teen from this article.

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Teens can occasionally be surly, but there might be good reason! Learn about typical adolescent behavior in this article.

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Many boys come to their parents for information about sex. Learn how to answer your adolescent son's questions about sex in this article.

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Trust is earned by behavior. Learn whether you can trust your adolescent in this article.

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If your teen is using drugs, he needs to feel your willingness to help him overcome his addiction as fast as possible. Learn what to do if your teenager is doing drugs from this article.

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If your teenager needs vitamins, ask a doctor if a multivitamin or a specific vitamin is better in your teen's particular case. Learn what kinds of vitamins adolescents should be taking from this article.

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Just as we don't expect all babies to sleep through the night or crawl by a certain age, we don't expect all teenagers to follow a strict schedule of puberty. Learn whether girls will always go through puberty before boys from this article.

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Adolescence is a process of physical, cognitive, and social development that starts around the ages of 10 to 13. Learn about the typical timeline for adolescent development from this article.

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One of the changes caused by the hormones that the body produces during puberty is the voice change in boys. Learn when your teen's voice will change in this article.

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You can start looking into colleges in your teenager's junior year of high school, and fill out the FAFSA in January of the senior year. Learn when to start looking into colleges for your teen from this article.

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Adolescence is a time of transition for teens; a time of conflict and confusion. Learn if mood swings are typical in adolescence in this article.

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Adolescents from different backgrounds often face additional challenges as they grow and develop. Learn if adolescent development changes according to culture and upbringing in this article.

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Puberty is a time of many changes for boys and for girls, both physical and emotional. Learn if there are similarities in puberty between males and females in this article.

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Sex education programs vary by school. Learn whether your teen's middle school health class teaches about sex in this article.

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Preventable causes of death, mental illnesses and eating disorders are possible health issues for teens. Learn about common adolescent health issues from this article.

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As an adolescent naturally separates from his parents, he develops his own distinct personality and identity. Learn more about personality changes in adolescence from this article.

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Teens need a variety of nutrients to support their rapid growth, but if they're eating a well-balanced diet they usually don't need supplements. Learn whether adolescent teens should be taking vitamins from this article.

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A teen's peers help him/her develop independence and identity. Learn about the importance of peers to adolescents in this article.

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There are both physical and behavioral coping mechanisms to manage stress. Learn how adolescents should cope with stress in this article.

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As children develop into adolescents, they go through physical, emotional and cognitive changes. Learn more about the physical changes in adolescence from this article.

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Due to hormonal changes, adolescents tend to be moody, temperamental and emotional. Learn more about emotional changes in adolescence from this article.

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Teens begin to develop different kinds of relationships as they grow. Learn about some social transitions during adolescence in this article.

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