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  • Onslaught Video by Dove

    Sometimes the beauty industry does good! I know Dove is selling its products with the "Campaign for Real Beauty," but I really like the new video called "Onslaught" that encourages parents to talk to their kids before the media does. They are also...

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  • Stranger Danger

    I know it is hard to talk about "strangers" with your kids without instilling fear in them, but all kids need to be aware of people around them and know what to do if a stranger approaches them in a public place, like on the Internet. There have b...

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  • The Role of Adult Mentors

    I recently had the opportunity to spend five days with seven amazing teen women doing community service at the Howling Acres Wolf Sanctuary in Oregon. My eldest daughter has arranged this annual camping trip since she was in middle school and I ta...

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  • Parenting in the 21st Century & Blogs

    As our culture changes, media and technology are exposing our students at younger ages to a greater variety of images and a wider range of information. As I listen to questions from friends about their teens I have been struck by the fact that man...

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  • Beauty At Any Cost

    YWCA USA has produced a new report called "Beauty at Any Cost" and is teaming up with filmmaker Darryl Roberts to distribute his documentary film called "America the Beautiful" to raise awareness about the costs of our culture's obsession with be...

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  • Sexual Knowledge in U.S. May Be Low (Duh!)

    A recent survey of 1,800 people between the ages of 18 and 29 conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy (National Campaign) found that most sexually active unmarried young adults believe pregnancy should be planned...

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  • Speaking Out About Adolescent Sexuality

    The Reverend Debra Haffner is talking about adolescent sexuality again, and I love it! The Center for American Progress published an article recently in which Reverend Haffner talks about the fact that parents in the United States seem to be rais...

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  • Why Honor Confidentiality With Teens?

    I would assume that when parents are asked to leave the room for a few minutes during a preteen or teen physical, they know their child or the doctor will bring up sex, drugs, and anything else that may be a concern and is not easily discussed wit...

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  • Dating Does Not Mean Sex

    Just a friendly reminder to parents that dating does not equal sex. I cannot tell you how many teens have shared with me that the first lecture they got from their parents when they started dating was about sexually transmitted infections, includi...

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  • Transition to College and Single-Sex vs. Coed High Schools

    Are sex-segregated schools and classrooms an antidote to gender inequities of do they reinforce sex-based stereotypes and make the gender gap worse?We actually do not know and everything on the subject will suggest more longitudinal research be do...

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Dr. Brown is a developmental psychologist specializing in adolescent health.

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