“I’m In Love”

Source: Ready, Set, Grow

Hearing that your teen is in love can be terrifying. As parents, we know the emotional and often physical commitment these words bring into a relationship, yet seeking out and experiencing love is a normal part of teen development. When your teens share their feelings with you, avoid having emotionally charged discussion. 

Engaging Adolescents in Open Discussions About Sex: A Primary Care Response to Adolescent Sexual Health Risks

Source: etr

How sexually active—and sexually risky—are today’s teens?

Scientific studies continue to support the notion that teens today actually have less sex than their parents did as teens. Yet nearly one in four teens will become pregnant by age 20, and half of the new STDs in the U.S. each year occur among people between the ages of 15 and 24. 

Is my teen normal?

Source: Children’s Health Foundation

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that, I would be writing this on my own private island. As a healthcare provider and founder of Possibilities for Change—an organization dedicated to transforming teen health—my team and I have found that while most parents ask this question, many don’t know how to define normal .