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Good resources for talking to my child about puberty?

Good resources for talking to my child about puberty?

Books for Teens: Many of my parents have found great help in a series of books by lynda madaras. There is a "what's happening to my body" for boys & a separate one for girls. They cover the issues from different perspectives but cover it all. It should be available thru your bookstore or at e-mail [email protected] ...Read more

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Help a nervous parent with advice about talking to kids about sex?

Help a nervous parent with advice about talking to kids about sex?

Discuss open: I would suggest first thing to ask the childrens what is their understanding of sexual life. All depends on their level of understanding. Dont be afraid to ask for help, a primary care doctor can be really helpfull in helping counseling the childrens in this area. ...Read more

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Should parents confront kids about cross-dressing?

Should parents confront kids about cross-dressing?

Confront - No.: I would not recommend confronting them as that will put the kids in a defensive posture. An open conversation would be the better approach. ...Read more

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Should parents ask their teens to tell them about kids with dangerous behavior, drugs, weapons? Should they alert authorities or kids' parents? @drpam

Should parents ask their teens to tell them about kids with dangerous behavior, drugs, weapons? Should they alert authorities or kids' parents? @drpam

Teach: We need to teach our teens that alerting responsible people about dangerous potential is the responsible, safe thing to do.And is not "ratting" on your friends.This is a change to generations of teenage behavior. ...Read more

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Do girls learn at social school about female circumcision?

Do girls learn at social school about female circumcision?

Not only did I not: Learn about female genital mutilation in school but it was never mentioned in medical school, internship or residency. I received hundreds of hours in training in child sexual abuse - and it was never brought up there either. Kind of amazing considering that 140 million females (as young as a day old) have had their genitals mutilated. ...Read more

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Should grandparents take over parenting for children whose biological parents cannot care for them? @drpam

It depends: There are so many factors that may affect the decision. It depends on the health of the grandparents. If it happens, looking to get support from others in the family is very important. The age of the children may also be a factor. This is a long-term commitment. Many times the grandparents can be stressed. Making sure there is adequate financial support is also important. ...Read more

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To talk about my personal health conditions?

To talk about my personal health conditions?

HealthTap Prime: Please consider using HealthTap Prime to get real time answers to your health conditions. Additionally, you should consider seeing your health care provider. ...Read more

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How do you raise public awareness about health issues/cancer?

How do you raise public awareness about health issues/cancer?

One person +: Each of us(healthcare or non healthcare) can raise awareness of health issues by teaching our children proper health habits and hygiene, sponsoring a health panel discussion at our church or fraternal/sorority organization, employing good eating habits, and volunteering to transport a cancer patient to their chemo or radiation treatments. ...Read more

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Any websites for teenage girls to talk about problems?

Any websites for teenage girls to talk about problems?

Teenhelp.org: Try teenhelp.Org it has information and forums for teens to discuss multiple topics. ...Read more

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Do live-in mental institutions help children who are mental retarded more than living at home and going to public school?

Nearly all gone: Separate institutions for mentally retarded (or seriously mentally ill) individuals have nearly vanished in the U.S. Those with mr have quite different needs, depending on the severity of delay. People with mild delays live at home as children and may live indpendently as adults. Adults with severe mr typically live in group homes. Life quality depends on quality of services, not location. ...Read more

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Help with a good teen health site that shows all about teens?

Help with a good teen health site that shows all about teens?

Share several w/teen: Before opting in, a teen might need to be introduced to multiple sites, and parents should check out sites also. The cdc http://www.Cdc.Gov/family/kids/ american academy of pediatrics and american college of sports medicine are sites of credible information on fitness, nutrition, health. There are now more resources available through popular websites, apps; parents should see if created by experts. ...Read more

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Who is going to help provide good health insurance for children of older parents who are seniors when the kids are 26?

Who is going to help provide good health insurance for children of older parents who are seniors when the kids are 26?

Good question: The hopeful political end to this, and it is all political, is universal coverage. Until that point, hope these children by age 26 have a good job with health coverage. Society takes care of them for more severe problems if they have no coverage but this of course shifts the cost to everyone who planned ahead. Watch for this to be a big issue in the 2012 campaign. ...Read more

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Therapists concerns regarding kids of divorced parents?

Therapists concerns regarding kids of divorced parents?

Hopeful...: Most can emerge as competent, fairly happy adults if the divorced parents can avoid continued open warfare involving the child. Recommended book: dr phil's "family first: your step-by-step plan for creating a phenomenal family ." if healthy post-divorce parenting is challenging, please get help for the kids! parents should also get help, jointly or separately, to avoid compromising kids wellness. ...Read more

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How would talk to my child about guns and safety at school?

How would   talk to my child about guns and safety at school?

See above: Honestly. Be very open with your child about the dangers of guns at school, and there potential harm however, do not be too dramatic. The incidence of guns at school is very small. ...Read more

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Does doing homework benefit a child's health at all?

Does doing homework benefit a child's health at all?

Physical health?: In my opinion, homework has no physical health benefits for a child, but may in fact, be detrimental in so much as it reduces physical activity, limits outside play, and may create additional stress. ...Read more

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What role do social workers play in children with mental health problems?

What role do social workers play in children with mental health problems?

Several roles: Social workers can play many roles in the lives of children with mental health problems. Two of the more common is helping to gain access to helpful services and providing direct counseling services. This can be done through both private and public agencies, within and outside of a hospital or clinic. ...Read more

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Do doctors have to tell parents about their kids' self harm scars?

Do doctors have to tell parents about their kids' self harm scars?

I do: Teens have some legal protection that prevents doctors from telling parents about sex and drugs. If the patient is a danger to themselves or others then the protection doesn't apply. It is left to the judgement of the doctor to decide. ...Read more

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Scared of talking with my psychologist about sexual child abuse. Need some reassurance?

Scared of talking with my psychologist about sexual child abuse. Need some reassurance?

Embarrasement: In therapy, your goal is to let go of fixed ways of looking at your life and behaviors, rethink and redirect them and move forward to a happier life.The abuse has power over you, or you wouldn't have difficulty.Discussing it with a trusted doc can help you let go of a fixed idea.You are not defined by the events, but by the whole person you are and can be. Do the work to gain the benefits. ...Read more

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How much does teen health effect our middle years health?

How much does teen health effect our middle years health?

Teen Health: Teen health will affect our entire life, not just middle years. Good diet will avoid the epidemic obesity in our country. Physical activity strengthens our body development. Tobacco and excessive alcohol use have long term impact. Sexual transmitted infection may have permanent consequences on our body and reproductive well being. The examples are too numerous to list here. ...Read more