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How to Break Up With a Bad Friend

The teenage years can be challenging in many ways, particularly in the realm of navigating the ups and downs of friendships.  While these years may be filled with many emotional roller coasters, how you handle these difficulties and the lessons you will learn from all of this will hold value for the rest of your […]

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How Do I Get My Parents To Trust Me?

So your parents don’t trust you and you’re wondering why. To start with, recognize that a big part of this may be their own fears and worries about you and your well-being. Sometimes what looks like mistrust is really just fear. It’s also possible that what feels like your parents not trusting you comes from […]

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My Sibling Is a Pest

“My little brother tags along with me everywhere. I can’t get rid of him and my mom says I have to be nice to him. He’s an embarrassment! Help!” Let’s face it: you are the person your brother or sister looks up to and wants to be like. You know so much more than your […]

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Do You Need to Change Schools?

Middle School and High School can be some of the most challenging years of your life. As you’re going through the developmental stages, each one brings with it different challenges and potential problems. Peers can be incredibly cruel, not to mention how inappropriate many teachers and staff members can be. If you’re not the smartest […]

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Navigating Parties and Curfews With Your Parents

As you get older, your social life becomes very much the focal point in your life. With your emerging sense of independence, you will likely start going to parties in high school. Most of us adults can remember ourselves what it was like to feel a growing sense of independence and desire to spend more […]

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When You Make a Really Bad Decision

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where your parents or others are asking you what the heck you were thinking or why on earth you did something and the only answer you can come up with is, “I don’t know?” I mean, the reality is that you actually know you made a really […]

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When Bullies Attack

For all the talk about bullies, they still exist. Even if your school has a no-bullying policy, you know that that policy has holes in it. People still bully other people. People still bully you. What can you do? When you’re being bullied, what are your options? Bullying includes physical intimidation, of course, people shoving […]

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When Your Parents Are Never Around

It’s hard enough being a teen these days, without any added problems or pressures.  But when your parents are never around, things can get really tough. While many teens might think that having total freedom and no parents to boss them around and nag them would be a dream come true, the reality is that […]

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Are You an Enabler?

The term enabler is often used when we talk about addictions, but it also applies to all sorts of other problematic behaviors. An enabler is a person who encourages or enables negative or self-destructive behavior in another (Google Dictionary). For teens, this could look like lying for a friend so they don’t get in trouble […]

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What Should I Say When Someone Wants Answers On a Test?

My friend always asks me to help him with his homework, and the other day he asked me for an answer on the test.  I’m afraid I’m going to get in trouble. I want to say no but don’t know how to. The thing about cheating, is that teachers usually punish the kids who give […]
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