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  • 'The Catcher in the Rye'
    What it means to grow up: The coming of age novel
    Growing up, what does it mean? Traditionally growing up is the transition from childhood to adulthood; however, getting older has little to do with actual maturing. A classic coming of age story usually involves a protagonist realizing the world...
  • Teen drinking can rot the brain
    Teen drinking can rot the brain
    Although the legal age for alcohol consumption is set at 21, teen drinking is widespread throughout the nation. A new study has found that intermittent teen drinking can cause permanent brain damage. The study was published online on April 27 in...
  • Can an unhappy adolescence lead to an adulthood of ill health?
    Can an unhappy adolescence lead to an adulthood of ill health?
    The point has been made many times in this column, as well as elsewhere, that there is simply nothing more important in our society than how our family contributes to our adolescent years. At long last, there is very specific evidence that a very...
  • Is Your Adolescent Sleeping Enough?
    Sleep duration declines in American teens
    Teen’s sleep duration has decreased in the last twenty yearsAverage nightly sleep times have abruptly declined from childhood through adolescence. There is increasing concern that historical shifts also occur in overall adolescent sleep time...
  • Getting some sleep
    Poor sleep in adolescence my lead to alcohol and drug problems
    Adolescence is a very sensitive time in development during which extra care must be taken to ensure physical and emotional well being. It has been reported byEurekAlertwith materials provided by Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research on...
  • Cyberbullying
    Family meals may lessen impact of teen cyberbullying
    Meals that regularly bring family members together may help protect the mental health of teens who are the victims of cyberbullying. According to a study published in the Sept. 1 online JAMA Pediatrics, family contact and the open communication...
  • Inebriated student causes chaos
    Inebriated student causes chaos
    Local area inner city students’ need to jumpstart the school day with recreational drugs is not exactly an unusual phenomenon, but the effect felt in the learning environment is self-evident. The hard-earned momentum for teachers is lost...
  • Boyhood
    'Boyhood' chronicles twelve years of one boys life
    "Boyhood", is a narrative that views like a docudrama. Containing part reality, 'Boyhood' is the account of a young boys life over a twelve year period. Starting at six years of age, we watch Madison's journey throughout his...
  • Inner city students transform experiences to writing
    Inner city students transform experiences to writing
    Local inner city students preparing for high school graduation in the not-too-distant future are faced with increasingly rigorous written language standards dictated by the ever-changing educational curriculum trends. It may or may not surprise...
  • Wood sculptures by Gehard Dimetz
    Wood sculptures show children coming of age
    An enchanting display of life-size wooden sculptures is currently on view in Chelsea. For the exhibit titled The Invocation, artist Gehard Demetz’s carving depict adolescents and young children who posses maturity and wisdom beyond their...
  • Tweens turn into teens
    Tweens into teens
    Tweens into teens: Is it my imagination or is the transformation from tween to teen seems to happen overnight? In an article from Metroparent (www.metroparent.com) called How to Deal with Dramatic Teens, Ms. Roberts tells us that “Academy...
  • Teenage girl sitting in front of slot machine in casino
    Late adolescence gambling linked to risky sex
    More gamblers than non-gamblers had initiated sexual intercourse by age 18Late adolescence represents a developmental risk period when many youth become involved in multiple forms of high-risk behaviors with adverse consequences. This study...
  • Parenting tips: Avoiding troubling tween trends and showing your adolescent love
    Parenting tips: Avoiding troubling tween trends and showing your adolescent love
    We are continuing our series of articles featuring the experts at ESCAPE Family Resource Center about parenting and showing our children love. The Houston Family Examiner recently had the opportunity to discuss family relationships and the...
  • Teenagers (15-18) in classroom, girls laughing
    Delaying school start time improves sleep, mood and caffeine use
    Just a 25 minute delay improves circadian rhythms and sleep needs in adolescentsChronic insufficient sleep is a growing concern among adolescents and is linked with a range of negative health outcomes. Early school start times may be an...
  • Argument
    Harsh verbal discipline can make teens’ behavior worse
    A new study published in the Sept. 3 online edition of Child Development suggests that parents who discipline their teenagers by screaming at them, cursing them or calling them hurtful names may be promoting rather than hindering bad behavior. ...
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