Sex Talk

Talking about sex can make even the most self-assured parent feel embarrassed and tongue-tied, but starting the conversation early on can make it a natural ongoing dialogue, instead of a dreaded one-time lecture. Eighty percent of teens say having more open, honest talks with their parents would make it much…

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Self-Injury Versus Suicide: Do You Know the Difference?

At first glance, it may be difficult to distinguish between self-injury and attempted suicide. In both cases, a person may cut, burn or mutilate himself, causing severe physical pain and injury. However, a closer look reveals major differences in intentions. Someone who engages in self-injury is looking for a psychological…

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6 Factors that Help Learning Disabled Succeed

Having a learning disability can make life difficult, but why do some kids manage to move beyond their disability and have satisfying, productive lives, while others struggle into adulthood? Determined to find the answer, researchers at the Frostig Center in Pasadena, Calif., conducted 10- and 20-year longitudinal studies to track…

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Teen Spending and the High Price of Fitting In

Kids are subjected to as many as 5,000 advertisements a day, according to Nathan Dungan, financial educator and founder of Share Save Spend. “Companies play on kids’ insecurities and their need to belong,” he says. Kids have become walking billboards with sports and designer logos emblazoned across their shirts, hats and backpacks. Glitzy, sensual ads send…

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Choosing Water Over Soda Boosts Health and Energy

Drinking tap water costs less than a penny per glass. Yet, in 2012, Americans spent $11.8 billion on bottled water — nearly 2,000 times the cost of tap water, according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation. Many consumers choose bottled water over tap because it’s more convenient or they prefer the…

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