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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Stay calm, promote good study habits and try to eliminate distractions. Learn how to calm your teen's nerves before an exam from this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

To borrow a well-turned phrase, it's not easy being teen. That's why we turn to the silver screen for a glimpse into the emotionally fraught lives of teenagers. Actors make it seem so gritty, glamorous and understandable in these 10 beloved movies.

By Chris Obenschain

What happened to your sweet little child? Who replaced your sunny kid with the sullen, sarcastic tween you've got now? Don't despair -- there's a reason for all the attitude, and several easy ways to deal with it.

By Linda C. Brinson

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Your tween is changing right before your eyes. But unbridled and undirected growth can be a dangerous thing. Here's how to balance a tween's need for freedom with your desire to keep her safe and healthy

By Melissa Sandoval

Having trouble interpreting your tween's slang? You risk losing face by asking him what he means by poppins or tope. We'll help you decode his secret tween language so you can keep your cool points and improve communication.

By Chris Obenschain

Coping with bullying is difficult, and it's not about fighting back or sucking it up. What are five ways a parent (or any adult) can intervene to help a bullying victim find a way out, or at least a way through, this type of peer abuse?

By Julia Layton

For a teen keeping his or her sexual orientation under wraps, can result in self-destructive behaviors. So as a parent, establish a safe space for your child to reveal his or her sexual orientation. And when it happens, react in just the right way.

By Julia Layton

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To deal with cyberbullying, you have to know whether or not it's occurring. But if you suspect that your teen is being hounded by harassing text messages, chat room rumors and embarrassing e-mail blasts, there are steps you can take to help.

By Jessika Toothman

Today's bullying goes far beyond pulling pigtails. Even with the passage of anti-bullying laws, bullying is out of control, sometimes even with fatal results. How should you talk to the school if your child is a target?

By Denise Harrison

The transition from middle school to high school marks a pretty exciting time in a child's — and a parent's — life. But it can be scary, too. Discover 10 differences between middle school and high school.

By Alison Cooper

These days, bullying can take many forms, such as physical threats, hurtful rumors and online attacks. As a parent, what can you do to protect your child from bullying?

By Jennifer Sellers

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Most kids want to look cool and grown-up, and what's more chic and mature than sipping on a latte? Coffee is becoming more and more popular with younger kids lately, but are some kids too young to get the jitters?

By Melissa Sandoval

Tweens aren't the only ones that have a hard time with the challenges of middle school. Parents often find the changes just as difficult. What can you do to make sure you and your child make it through unscathed?

By Laurie L. Dove

From geeks and nerds to hipsters and scenesters, navigating teen subcultures is no easy task. How can you tell which group your teen identifies with, and how should you handle it?

By John Kelly

Tweens are in that phase between childhood and the teen years, where they want independence but aren't quite ready. As a parent, what new guidelines should you follow during this time?

By Jennifer Sellers

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During the tween years, your child is most likely going through a lot of tough changes. One day he loves being with you, the next he's embarrassed because of something you said. How can you stay connected with your tween while sparing him any embarrassment?

By Jill Jaracz

From sodas to chocolate milk, many kids have a drinking problem. Silent calories and surprising ingredients make them of them the equivalent of liquid dessert. What are the worst offenders?

By Laurie L. Dove

Parenting a preteen involves a different approach than you might use with younger children. What should you keep in mind when caring for your preteen?

By Thorin Klosowski

Everyone who's been through puberty knows it can be tough. But what if the changes started early -- say at about age 6 or 7? Why are many girls starting puberty so young?

By Stephanie Watson

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Teen alcohol abuse is a tough challenge for many teens and parents to face. Get tips and advice to help with teen alcohol abuse in this article.

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers

Cutting is a disorder that afflicts many your adults. Learn more about this disorder, how to treat it and the risks if left untreated in this article.

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers

Self abuse is a common problem among teens. Learn more about cutting and the risks that are associated with this disorder.

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers

Teen health differs greatly from adult health. Learn more about teen health with this Q&A.

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers

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More than 326,000 18-and-unders had cosmetic procedures in 2004 to correct something that made them self-conscious. But is plastic surgery, with the risks it involves, the right way to deal with these common teenage tribulations?

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers

Teaching kids about intimacy, safe intercourse, respect and responsibility in an age of seductive images doesn't have to be as daunting a task as it sounds.