Social media can have serious negative effects on your teen’s body image, mental health, and more. Dr. Jennifer Salerno, Nurse Practitioner and Founder of Possibilities for Change, weighs in with tips on how parents can help support a positive body image in teens in the age of social media.
There is a central, carefully chosen word in that headline. If you were to change “with” to “at,” it would change the outcome completely. Talking with your teen is a two-way conversation that involves listening as opposed to lecturing or talking at your teen.
In my last articles, I explored normal behaviors that occur during adolescent stages of development, and what to watch out for—drawing from chapters in my book, Teen Speak: A how-to guide for real talks with teens about sex, drugs and other risky behaviors.
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.
Raising a teen with open lines of communication is an ever-changing challenge requiring significant stamina. There are likely to be many setbacks, frustrations and obstacles before crossing the adulthood finish line.
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.
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 .
My son is a good kid. He’s smart. Talented. A strong athlete and student. We’ve always had a great relationship and have always been super close. But over the last few years, as he’s entered his teens, it feels like more of a wall has come between us.
Dr. Jennifer Salerno has learned a lot about connecting with teens through her clinical work as a nurse practitioner in school-based health centers (SBHCs). She’s created trainings and online content to help professionals talk to teens and help them make healthier decisions.