Social Media Addiction Among Teen Boys

social media addiction

Social media platforms like YouTube and TikTok appeal to teenagers and adults alike. They provide a nearly endless stream of information and entertainment about every imaginable topic, while keeping people connected to each other and exposing them to new ideas. However, there is a dark side of excessive internet use – the possibility of addiction. […]

How to Stop Enabling Your Teenager at Home & at School

stop enabling

Most of us are familiar with the concept of a “lawnmower parent” – someone who clears the path in front of their child, shielding them from disappointments or adversity. While you may feel this parenting style is the best way to show how much you care about your son and want him to succeed in […]

How Internet Use Affects Teenage Boys

internet safety for teens

Today’s teenagers grow up surrounded by technology and take the internet and social media for granted. This constant exposure can affect their self-esteem and give them unrealistic perceptions about how the world works. Since adolescents are less likely to be skeptical of information they see online, parents must understand the potential risks and benefits of […]

Teen Suicide Rates

teen suicide rates

Adolescent and young adult mental health challenges are a growing public health concern. Teen suicide rates among young people have increased over the past decade, reaching the level of a nationwide crisis. This National Suicide Prevention Month, what should you know about this problem, and how can you keep your teen son safe? Teenage Suicide […]

What Is the Number One Drug Used by Teens?

teen drug abuse

Teen drug abuse and addiction remain a prevalent problem in the U.S., despite growing awareness among parents, teachers, coaches and clergy. Adolescents might experiment with drugs for many reasons, from simple curiosity to peer pressure to a desire to sweep problems under the rug. Teenagers can also turn to drugs if addiction and mental health […]

Effects of Childhood Trauma on Brain Development

Trauma and Brain Development

Children are constantly learning and taking in new information that affects their brain function. Just as positive experiences can impact a child’s perception of a situation, so do negative ones. As young people grow, the challenges they face can alter how they respond to future situations. Specifically, childhood trauma often influences brain development, resulting in […]

5 Signs of Mental Illness in Teens

mental illness in teen

Teens are in a constant state of change as a result of rising hormone levels and life stressors. As a result, it’s sometimes difficult to identify worrisome signs in your teenage son’s behavior. As your adolescent is going through this stage of life and developing their sense of self, there are some indications you can […]

Your Teen’s Illness Is Not Your Fault

your teen's illness is not your fault

After the heartbreaking realization that your teenager has a problem with alcohol or drugs, your initial reaction might be to blame yourself. Seeing someone so young struggle with substance abuse can make you wonder, “How could this happen to our family?” The first thing you should know is that addiction is a disease, and the […]

What Do I Need to Know About Teenage Drinking?

With 29% of high school students admitting they have consumed alcohol in the last 30 days, according to the CDC, parents are rightfully concerned about the effects this drinking will have on their teens. Underage drinking poses both health and safety risks for teens, but understanding the dangers of this practice can help inform conversations […]

Is It Legal for a Minor to Drink Alcohol at Home?

consequences of underaged drinking

Many American adults and teens view alcohol as a rite of passage – a view fueled, in part, by movies that depict high school and college as nonstop opportunities to socialize and have fun without serious consequences. However, underaged drinking is dangerous, even with adult supervision, and can lead adolescents to make irresponsible decisions that […]