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Welcome to the last major hurdle of childhood: the infamous teenage years. Naturally, many parents have concerns about how to guide teens through this pivotal transition period. The following are some common questions we at Children's Hospital Colorado hear.
The key to any tough talk is to remember that you are training them to act like mature adults—to think about and own the consequences of their actions—and training yourself to treat them like an adult.
Tips for having “the talk”
Review our complete list of Tips for Parents on Talking with Teens About Sexual Health.
Teens make dozens of choices every day, many of which are influenced by their siblings and friends. Typically, these peers play a supportive and encouraging role, helping your teen to fit in and feel confident. If the influence is negative, however, here’s how you can step in:
Moodiness may be a normal part of teenage health, but depression isn’t. Unlike occasional bouts of melancholy or bad moods, depression lingers for weeks or months and limits a teen’s ability and desire to participate in everyday activities.
If you think your child is suffering from depression:
Remember, depression can affect as many as 1 in 8 teens, and can have dire consequences. Review our Signs of Difficulty to help flag changes in mood or behavior.
If your teen needs help, reach out the specialists and support teams our Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department.
Whether you have a toddler or a teen, here are five of the best strategies to improve nutrition and encourage smart eating habits:
Remember, since teens are both physically and financially more independent than other age groups, it’s especially important to educate them on the hazards of fast food.
Fast foods trade the vitamins and minerals teens need for calorie-dense stores of sugar, sodium and fat. This can up their blood pressure and lower their energy level. It’s also easy for teens underestimate the number of calories they’re eating.
Your child may be nearing adulthood, but some common health concerns are always relevant. Check out those common concerns that affect kids at every age on our Timeless FAQs page.
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