My teen has ADHD and ODD. He refuses therapy. How can I help my son help himself?
- David Anderson, PhD
He might be scared of feeling like he's failing in treatment, or he could have had a bad experience in previous therapy. The first step is focusing on his priorities, not yours.READ MORE
How to Talk to Your Teenager About Substance Use and Abuse
Research shows that setting clear rules about alcohol and drugs, even if they're sometimes broken, helps keep kids safeREAD MORE
My 12-year-old daughter acts much older than she is. How do I rein her in?
- Stephanie Dowd, PsyD
Being understanding, and talking openly about her feelings and ambitions, is the place to begin. And remember, all kids want to be older, and you can relate your own experience.READ MORE
Finding the Balance With After-School Activities
- Harry Kimball
How to steer kids towards a diet of extracurriculars that's good for them and the family—and not just their college applicationsREAD MORE
How to Help Teenagers Get More Sleep
- Juliann Garey
59% of teens get six or fewer hours of sleep a night, with pretty serious consequences. But parents can help, even if it seems impossible.READ MORE
When Should You Come Between a Teenager and Her Phone?
Now that kids' kids lives are structured more than ever, social media offer an important place to hang out without adult supervision. Why kids need to learn to manage their own technology.READ MORE
I'm 16 and I'm feeling like there is something wrong with me. I may be depressed, but I'm not sure. Please help.
- Stephanie Dowd, PsyD
Adolescent depression is more common than some people think. Take a look at these signs of depression, and see how many fit you.READ MORE
10 Tips for Parenting Your Pre-teen
Keeping communication open, even kids push for more independence, will pay off in the turbulent years of adolescenceREAD MORE
How to Tell if Your Daughter Has ADHD
Girls with ADHD have less obvious symptoms than boys, even if they're hyperactive and impulsive, and they often hide their struggles.READ MORE
What Happens When Teenagers Don't Get Enough Sleep
Many of the behaviors we associate with teens, like risk-taking and moodiness, could be partly caused by a chronic sleep deficit.READ MORE