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How to Talk to Teens About Sex

posted by Linda Mintle

For many parents, having conversations with teens about sex  is uncomfortable. Yet, considering how much sexual content and images they are exposed to on a daily basis, they are dealing with sexual thoughts and feelings on a regular basis.  Talking about […]

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Mean Girls or Is It Mean Boys?

posted by Linda Mintle

Perhaps you’ve seen the movie Mean Girls. If so, you remember the popular clique of girls who ruled the social scene by backstabbing and being verbally mean to anyone they didn’t like. The movie reminds most of us of those one or […]

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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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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 […]

Who is Banning Tanning Beds?

posted by Linda Mintle

You know I have written on the dangers of tanning beds before (Six Reasons Why You Should Rethink Tanning), but now, one country is going beyond the warnings and actually banning the beds. Australia has one of the highest skin […]

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. […]

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 […]

Do Peers Make Teens Stupid?

posted by Linda Mintle

Why do teens do things with their friends that they would never do by themselves? A part of the answer might have to do with the developing brain of a teen. Specifically, adolescents are wired in ways that lend to […]

Answering Parent Medical Concerns Regarding Tattoos and Piercing

posted by Linda Mintle

With so many teens wanting tattoos and piercings, many parents have asked about medical issues involved. Medical concerns should factor in to any decision. In this blog, I am not dealing with should a teen tattoo or pierce. That is […]

Main Reason Teens Abstain from Sex

posted by Linda Mintle

Mandy is a typical teen, but has decided abstinence is the way to go. Why? Because she believes that having sex before marriage is morally wrong. She learned that in her youth group at church. Religion made a difference in […]

The Choking Game: Every Parent Should Read This!

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s all over YouTube and it is scary. Kids playing a dangerous and sometimes deadly game called The Choking Game. Kids know the game by other names–the Scarf Game, Cloud Nine, Purple Dragon, Space Monkey, Fainting Game and more. If […]

Dr. Linda Speaks to Teen Videos “Am I pretty?”

posted by Linda Mintle

I sat down with CBN news to discuss this latest trend –young girls looking on-line for self-esteem. In this 4 minute interview, I give tips on how parents can help given the damage this type of social media exposure can […]

The Positive Side of Social Media and Teens

posted by Linda Mintle

Parenting concerns about the role of social media in the lives of teens are real. We are all too familiar with the dark side of 0n-line problems –cyberbullying, stalking, invasion of privacy, child predators, etc. But are there any positive […]

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 […]

Yearbook Picture Deemed Too Sexy: Mom Needs Common Sense

posted by Linda Mintle

Sometimes, you just want to shake a parent and say, “Really, get a grip.” That’s what I wanted to do to Miki Spies, the mother of high school senior Sydney. Instead of talking sense to her 18-year-0ld daughter, she is […]

The New Normal: Slurring People On-Line

posted by Linda Mintle

According to an August 2011 MTV poll, young people seem to have no problem using racist and sexist language on-line. Name-calling that would make parents cringe seems to be acceptable to teens and twenty-somethings when it takes place while texting […]

Why Joe Jonas, Why?

posted by Linda Mintle

OK I admit, I am a little stuck on celebrity issues these past few days. That is what happens when I jump on the Arc machine at the Y and stay on it for 60 minutes. So here is the […]

Serena, Stop the Bullying!

posted by Linda Mintle

Another U.S. Open Grand Slam tennis tournament is over. What stands out in this year’s competition? Unfortunately, it’s not the incredible play of the Americans. It’s our leading lady, Serena Williams. Serena is an amazing athlete,  I love to watch […]

I Love My Mother But…

posted by Linda Mintle

Just returned from an amazing weekend with mothers and teen daughters at THE GREAT ESCAPE conference at Sandy Cove Conference Center in North East Maryland. I spoke on the topic of my latest book, I Love My Mother But…And while […]

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Going Home, With Realistic Expectations
Sitting with women friends at coffee one day, the conversation turned to the topic of mothers and daughters. There we sat, discussing how to feel like grown ups around our moms. Visits home often left these women feeling like they were ...

posted 7:00:23am Apr. 29, 2016 | read full post »

Helping Our Children Keep the Faith
So many parents feel tremendous pain at having children who leave their Christian faith and do not go to church. According to studies by both Barna Group and USA Today, the staggering numbers are almost 75% of Christian young people. The ...

posted 7:00:51am Apr. 27, 2016 | read full post »

God, Where Are You, Do You Care?
About a month ago, I visited the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in DC. The experience was sobering, frightening, and chilling. This was clearly one of history's darkest chapters. At the end of the tour, I was struck by one of the survivors ...

posted 7:00:01am Apr. 25, 2016 | read full post »

Stress Help: Think on These Things
Stress affects people differently. Some people carry stress in their physical bodies. Others are more stressed because of their thoughts. They worry and become anxious. When stress originates from your thoughts, you need cognitive strategies ...

posted 7:00:54am Apr. 22, 2016 | read full post »

Why Don't I Have More Sexual Desire?
Sally looked down and a bit anxious. "I don't know what is wrong with me. I'm just not that interested in sex with my husband these days. I feel exhausted with three small kids, I'm working part-time and have been on an antidepressant. Any ...

posted 7:00:15am Apr. 20, 2016 | read full post »

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