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
Signs of Sexual Abuse in Children and Adolescents
Educator and advocate Lauren Book describes key physical and behavioral clues to abuse. This is incredibly important as children are often ashamed and find it difficult to open up.WATCH MORE
I have custody of two children, recently in foster care, who engage in sexual behavior. What can I do?
- Janine Domingues, PhD
This can be normal for this developmental stage, and also controlled with behavioral methods like redirection. But abuse is also a possibility.READ MORE
I saw by accident that my 15-year-old daughter has been talking about sex with a guy on Facebook. What should I do?
- Rachel Busman, PsyD
It's time for a conversation about social media, safety, and sex. You need to establish rules and expectations, but first listen to what's going on in her life.READ MORE
Love on the Spectrum
- Beth Arky
Amy Harmon's new book chronicles the challenges, and surprises, of Aspie romanceREAD MORE
IS Pornography Dangerous for Teens?
Dr. Al Ravitz discusses how pornography's depiction of sex can skew a young person's views. We should help our children avoid harmful stereotypes and unrealistic expectations.WATCH MORE
Why You Should Have Frank Sex Talks With Teens
Kids often find themselves doing things they regret because they're been drinking—or they're not comfortable saying no. How parents can (and should) help them make better decisions.READ MORE
I found porn on my 11-year-old's phone. Should I talk to him?
- Alan Ravitz, MD, MS
It might be an awkward conversation, but it's also an important one. Try to be as matter-of-fact and non-judgmental as possible, and get ready to answer questions.READ MORE
How to Talk to Your Kids About Sexting
Teenagers who think sharing sexy pictures is an innocuous form of flirting need to know how serious the consequences can be.READ MORE
Talking to Your Kids About...Porn
- Harold S. Koplewicz, MD
A disturbing number of adolescents are being influenced by it, and their peers can't provide the reality check they need. Dr. Koplewicz offers advice on how to have a tough but important conversation.READ MORE