Performance-Enhancing Drugs and Your Teen Athlete

Each year there are famous athletes that are paraded across the news for using performance-enhancing drugs. Unfortunately, there are so many young athletes that look up to them. Many follow in their idol’s footsteps and begin using these drugs as … Continue reading

Tough Love – Parenting Teens (and Helping Loved Ones)

The term tough love may not be all that familiar these days. Many years ago, the term tough love indicated a need for an individual to exude a stern, firm, and sometimes harsh demeanor toward a loved one. Was this … Continue reading

Teens: Steroids and Sports

Sports are the lifeblood of most high schools. Parents, students and the athletes themselves get behind their favorite teams. Additionally, talent on the field can translate into scholarship money for students who really need it. But, how good do you … Continue reading

Eight Tips for Parents of Risk-Taking Teenagers

Some people think risk taking is normal for teens as a way to learn about themselves and gain their own identity. Unfortunately, some risk taking can be detrimental to your teen’s life including, but not limited to, using drugs, drinking … Continue reading

Side Effects of Steroids

Steroids, such as anabolic steroids, have been used for years by athletes who want to enhance their performance. They are illegal owing to their dangerous side effects on the human body. Even though steroid use is banned and not recommended, … Continue reading

Communicating with Your Teen about Drugs

Have you seen the advertising campaign that claims parents are “the anti-drug?” The idea is that parents have the most influence on their teens and therefore can have the most effect on whether the teen takes drugs. When you’re communicating … Continue reading

The Physical and Social Consequences of Teenage Smoking

If you haven’t seen the ads yet, smoking is both addictive and deadly. It can lead to cancers and disfigurement. But, many adult smokers began this habit when they were teenagers. Help your teen to realize what they are in … Continue reading

Peer Pressure: Making it Easy for Teens to Resist

Peer pressure, we have all experienced it in school and there is no way to avoid it. Discover how to make it easier for teens to resist and make good choices. This is especially important where drugs, alcohol, illegal activities, … Continue reading

Teen Drinking

Question: My 13-year-old son has come home from friend’s houses with alcohol on his breath a few too many times. My husband says that a drink here and there is nothing to worry about. My husband is not an alcoholic; … Continue reading