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Do Texting Families Communicate Better?

posted by Linda Mintle

Most of us realize that a good way to get a response from a child, teen or young adult is to text them. This is how they like to communicate. There are benefits to texting communication: 1) Quick response 2) More […]

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Do You Help Your Teen Too Much? Answer These 5 Questions

posted by Linda Mintle

Julie was handed her biology test in class. While she studied for the test, the material was difficult. When she saw the red C at the top of the exam, she began to cry. Racked with anxiety, she couldn’t believe […]

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Can You Multi-Task If You Are A Digital Native?

posted by Linda Mintle

Lately, we’ve heard a lot about people who think they can multitask but perform poorly. So parents all over America are turning off music and screens, telling their teens to focus on the single task of studying. Good idea, right? Maybe not […]

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Teens and TV: Are They Overdoing It?

posted by Linda Mintle

By now, most of you are aware that too much screen viewing for children and teens is linked to  elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol, lack of sleep, school problems, aggression, and being overweight. And we know that teen viewing habits often […]

Teen Health Risk Report Card: How Does Your Teen Fare?

posted by Linda Mintle

A new government survey on teens and health risk behaviors has been released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) looks at six types of health risk behaviors that contribute to leading […]

Is Frequent Tanning a Marker of Depression?

posted by Linda Mintle

I’ ve written several articles on the dangers of tanning to the skin, but now we may have additional concerns when it comes to mental health, especially the mental health of our teens. The teenage years are marked with insecurity […]

Our Obsession With Fame and How it Impacts Our Teens

posted by Linda Mintle

I don’s usually post radio shows but this one I did on the rite of passage for our teens, obsession with fame and how media sexualizes women is a powerful show. It’s 30 minutes long and important for any family. […]

Does Yelling at Your Teen Work?

posted by Linda Mintle

We’ve all done it. Many of us grew up with it. But should we? Your teen walks in 30 minutes past curfew. You’ve been worried sick and have worked yourself up. The minute she comes through the door, you yell, […]

Can Peer Pressure Be a Good Thing? 8 Parenting Tips

posted by Linda Mintle

Peer pressure sounds like a negative thing because we usually think of it as something to resist. But the teenage brain loves social acceptance more than the adult brain. In fact, teens get great pleasure from being liked by other people. […]

The Morning After Pill: 10 Reasons for Parental Concern

posted by Linda Mintle

  The FDA decided to lower the age limit for the morning-after pill from 17 to 15-years-of- age. The pill can be bought without a prescription and from pharmacy shelves. You will find it in the aisle next to women’s […]

Teen’s Junk Diet Heightens Risk for Heart Disease

posted by Linda Mintle

Is your teen consuming too many processed foods and unhealthy snacks. Well consider this new study. Your teen could be at risk for heart disease. Watch the short interview. Click here for the link:

6 Reasons Why Your Teen Should Rethink Tanning

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s that time when high schoolers decide to hit the tanning beds in preparation for prom, Spring banquets and more. But should they be tanning? Here are my 6 reasons why teens should rethink tanning–an important conversation to have with […]

Believe! Bieber Fever is All in the Brain

posted by Linda Mintle

“I can be a gentleman, anything you want. If I was your boyfriend, I’d never let you go.” Those lyrics can create fan hysteria. “Bielievers” (Justin Bieber fans) are star struck once again. His BELIEVE album has topped the charts […]

The Battle of The Bedroom: Teens 1, Parents 0–Six Tips to Win!

posted by Linda Mintle

You’ve heard it and probably said it, “This room looks like a cyclone hit it!” Ah yes, the familiar, clean up your room…or else, that most parents find themselves regularly chanting. If you feel like your teen is winning the […]

Self-Esteem On-Line: A Dangerous Trend

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s a dangerous trend. Young girls post videos of themselves on You Tube or other social media and then ask people to rate them on this question– Am I pretty or not? I went to one You Tube and almost […]

Teens and Stress: Don’t Eat it Away

posted by Linda Mintle

A group of high school teens sat down with me and discussed stress and our tendency to eat when we feel it. Watch the video to see what stresses them and how they can cope in healthy ways.

Are You Creating a Delinquent Teen?

posted by Linda Mintle

“Do what I say or else?” Does this authoritarian parenting style work to curb delinquent behavior in teens? How do you establish authority over a teenager? What does it take to say something with conviction, mean it and have your […]

10 Ways to Help Your Kids With Sexually Saturated Media

posted by Linda Mintle

I sound like a broken record when I harp on all the sex in media. Pick a week of TV –Fox’s Glee–the characters are deciding whether or not to have sex;  CW’s  90210 is a steady stream of hookups;  Two […]

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A Super Bowl Outcome You May Not Like
Super Bowl week! Yes, we are obsessed with the game. And part of that obsession includes our Super Bowl menu. But what if I told you that your menu and eating habits are influenced by the game. Super Bowl  has an eating outcome you may not ...

posted 7:00:32am Feb. 05, 2016 | read full post »

Conflict? Who Should Make the First Move?
Hannah hadn't spoken to her mother for a month and the tension between them could be cut with a knife. It was Saturday morning and Hannah was contemplating picking up the phone and making a call. She wanted to resolve the problem. But here ...

posted 7:00:31am Feb. 03, 2016 | read full post »

Fighting with a Narcissist
Rich and Sharon have constant fights, and the fights take on a common pattern. Sharon is dating a narcissist. The key traits of a narcissist are to be self-centered, need to be admired, be right, not admit fault and feel superior. All of ...

posted 7:00:58am Feb. 02, 2016 | read full post »

Dad's Anxiety Could Affect His Unborn Child!
Blog Question: My husband is very anxious about the birth of our second child. He is feeling the economic pressure of our expanding family and worries about everything. He is making me anxious because of his state of distress. What can I tell ...

posted 7:00:09am Jan. 29, 2016 | read full post »

Who is Deciding If Your Child is ADHD?
I've been in practice for over 20 years and worked in a center for ADHD. One of our goals was to make sure the right kids were correctly diagnosed when it came to ADHD. Great care was taken to do the proper assessments that help make the ...

posted 7:00:22am Jan. 27, 2016 | read full post »

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