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A Guide to Normal Development in Adolescents Ages 12-14

As children move into adolescence, they enter a time of intense cognitive, emotional, and social change. Often parents wonder if their children’s behavior is “normal.” Although there are variations among teens, adolescents ages 12 to 14 tend to exhibit signs of having attained similar cognitive, physical/emotional, and social milestones.

Identifying Signs of Substance Abuse and Dependence in Teens

One constant concern for parents of adolescents is substance abuse. Substances range from alcohol and illegal drugs, to over-the-counter medications and household cleaning products. Because substance abuse can have far-reaching consequences for adolescents, it is critical that parents learn the warning signs.

The Benefits of Residential Treatment Programs for Teens

Over the past few years, the media has barraged the public with negative images of residential treatment and “wilderness therapy” programs. Although some programs may deserve this negative publicity, it is important not to overlook all the benefits of a well-chosen residential treatment program.

Building Self-Efficacy in Teenage Girls

Self-efficacy is a person’s perception of his or her ability to accomplish tasks and overcome the challenges presented in daily life. People generally place greater importance on self-esteem than self-efficacy; however, self-efficacy plays a significant role in a teenager’s sense of self-esteem, because it gives the teen a sense of autonomy and responsibility.

Five Behavioral Strategies for Managing ADD & ADHD

Parenting a child with ADD or ADHD can be a challenging, undertaking. It is possible, however, to minimize the impact of ADD and ADHD, using specific behavior strategies. With the implementation of clear rules and routines, ADD- and ADHD-related behaviors can be managed with reasonable ease.