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What can a parent do if catching teenager sexting?

In today’s ever fast-paced lifestyle, teenagers and their parents often pass each other during the day but struggle to find time for meaningful dialog. Once your child falls asleep for the night, you decide to check their phone. Scrolling through text messages and SnapChat conversations, shockingly you stumble across a picture of your child’s significant … Continued

How can you be an ally to a LGBTQ+ adolescent?

June is PRIDE month in the United States. This year, Stark County’s LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) Community is sponsoring a PRIDE Festival June 11 at Centennial Plaza. As the LGBTQ+ becomes more known in the country, there is a chance you likely know someone who identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community. If … Continued

A history of self-care

With so many stressful events happening in close succession over the past few years we have all heard reminders to make time for self-care.  Some of these come in a paternalistic tone, like a concerned parent reminding a child to brush her teeth.  Others come across more like a supportive friend who’s been there for … Continued

Suicide in Children

When we talk about suicide usually the discussion is about teens and young adults.  In fact, many people believe that younger children aren’t capable of intentionally ending their own lives because they assume that children don’t really understand what it means to be dead. Unfortunately, this type of thinking is not only incorrect, but also … Continued

Is your adolescent behaving sexually appropriate?

In a perfect world, parents would have started the difficult conversations regarding appropriate and inappropriate sexual behavior with their child before reaching double digits. As youth approach the middle school years, hormonal changes combined with technology can lead to not only curiosity but behavior that can lead to a youth being in trouble with the … Continued

Is Your Teen a Screenager?

Delaney Ruston is the mother of two teenagers and a medical doctor. When her daughter was in junior high, they began shopping for a phone for her. Delaney wanted her daughter to have a phone only for the purpose of verbal communication, her daughter wanted a phone with the internet so she could connect with … Continued

Puff bars: the new era of disposable Vaping

Vaping Pop Quiz If you found this item in your teen’s pocket, what might be in it?   a. Tampon b. Candy c. Puff Bar vape d. Flavored drink mix 2. If you saw this advertised, at first glance, you might think it was: a Breath freshener b. Lip gloss c. Perfume d. Vape pen … Continued

Respect and acceptance of Pride Month

The month of June brings many thoughts and ideas to mind – the year is nearly half over; school is out; warm weather and sunshine are here. However, June also signifies Pride Month, where a community of individuals are still fighting for acceptance. What is Pride month? The history behind this month and its importance? … Continued

Planting the Seeds of Self-Care in Children

As is often the case when we are talking about children, self-care for children begins with their parents.  To have the resources that they will need to properly care for their children, parents must remember to take care of their own needs and business.  As the old adage goes, you can’t serve from an empty … Continued

College students struggle through unusual learning and living experience

For many students attending college during 2020 and 2021, the college experience hasn’t been at all what they were expecting.  Many colleges and universities shut down in the spring of 2020 as a response to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Although most have since re-opened with heavy reliance on online learning and social distancing, … Continued