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  1. Teaching Your Kids to Share

    Teaching children to share is a hard task. But by taking it in stages and bringing empathy for the child's view to the fore, parents can build domestic peace, according to Harvey Karp, MD, author of The Happiest Toddler on the Block. Most children don't understand the concept of "mine" and "yours" u

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  2. Family Dinners: Tips for Better Communication

    Want kids with better grades, better moods, and better eating habits? Start having dinner together as a family. "Eating together is a fundamental way of creating closeness in a family," says Brad Sachs, PhD, a family psychologist in Columbia, MD and author of The Good Enough Child and The Good Enoug

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  3. Why Didn’t I See My Teenager Was Abusing Medicine?

    A mother and psychologist whose teenage daughter’s drug abuse began with over-the-counter medicines reflects on why she didn’t see it sooner.

  4. Sippin’ Cough Syrup

    A teenager in rehab talks about how abusing over-the-counter medicines led to harder drugs and eventually her arrest.

  5. Getting Hooked on Cough Medicine

    A drug rehab counselor talks about how parents can prevent those first steps to teenage drug addiction.

  6. Teens and DXM Drug Abuse

    If you’re raising a teenager and you don’t know much about DXM or cough medicine abuse, you’re hardly alone. DXM, or dextromethorphan, is a common ingredient in cough and combination cold medicines. Teens, however, have found another use for cough medicine -- getting high. Taking huge doses of cough

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  7. When Teens Lie About Drugs: A Guide for Parents

    If Tom Hedrick could change one thing about teen drug use, he would reduce the time it takes between a parent’s first hunch that something is wrong and the child getting treatment. The fact that teens lie about drugs, and parents believe them, delays treatment, says Hedrick, a founding member of The

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  8. Teen Privacy: When to Cross the Line

    As kids get older, keeping them safe can get complicated. While separating from parents can be healthy, teens are notorious for bad, sometimes dangerous decisions. Parents face a troubling dilemma: Do the dangers of teen drug abuse override the right to privacy? Parents typically do one of two thing

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  9. Helping Your Child Reach a Healthy Weight

    A 10-year-old boy came into my office last week and promptly asked, "Am I too chubby?" His mother added, "I read about BMIs as a way to determine if someone is overweight. What is a BMI anyway? What does it mean?" The body mass index, BMI for short, is a calculation that uses height and weight to es

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  10. Teach Your Teen to Drive Safely

    When Welmoed Sisson registered her teens for classes at a local driving school, she learned their lessons would include a mere six hours behind the wheel. Sisson knew her kids, Ian and Diana, wouldn't develop safe driving habits without more practice, so she supplemented their drivers education with

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