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Tweens + Teens

Posts about Teens, Tweens, and young adults, from puberty on (approximately ages 11+)

Talking about Death with Children, Starting with Pets

By August 11, 2015 1 Comment

One of our readers wrote in looking for advice. She bought a small pet for her three-year-old daughter and the pet recently died. She’s worried that three years old is too young to talk about death and that it might scare her daughter. So we turned to expert Dr. David Rettew, a pediatric psychiatrist, for advice. Death […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens

When Can Your Child Ask for Birth Control Without Your Consent + Other Uncomfortable Issues

By July 20, 2015 No Comments

As parents we’re used to knowing every detail of our kids’ lives. We have video baby monitors in their rooms, their clothing can track their breathing and temperature and daycares and sitters leave us detailed written records of their days when we’re not there. Sometimes it’s hard for us to tell when our kids deserve […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health, Tweens + Teens

This Post Isn’t About Bristol Palin: Why Teens Aren’t the Ones With the Unplanned Pregnancy Problem

By July 1, 2015 No Comments

 At this point, you’ve probably heard about Bristol Palin’s second pregnancy. She announced her news via a blog post last week. She originally suggested that this pregnancy wasn’t planned but followed up that post a few days later with a second one clarifying that her pregnancy was planned…just mistimed. Planned, unplanned, or mistimed, this post […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health, Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning, Tweens + Teens

Talking to Children About the Death of A Parent, or, Don’t do What Betty and Henry Francis Did

By May 13, 2015 2 Comments

 I watched Mad Men since the first episode aired, so as the series came to an end this year, I had some thoughts on where the characters were likely to wind up in the last few episodes. The penultimate episode, which aired on May 10, confirmed one of my suspicions about the fate of Betty […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, Newborns + Infants, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens

An Autistic Flyer Gets Over Stimulated and The Flight Makes an Emergency Landing. Time for Some Education and Training!

By May 12, 2015 1 Comment

*This article was originally published in early May 2015, though the topic of disability and public discourse about how we encounter it, and cope with it, is timeless.   This past week a United Airlines flight en route to Portland, Oregon made an emergency landing in Salt Lake City, Utah, to remove a family whose […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Disability + Disability Advocacy, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health, School-Aged Children, Tweens + Teens

Pediatric Emergencies: Prepare to Avoid Them and Prepare To Deal With Them

By May 5, 2015 1 Comment

Summer break is nearly upon us – which means that about now, parents everywhere are weary of slogging through their kids’class projects and are ready for a break (yes, please!). But with the delicious siren song of summer comes all of the typical childhood shenanigans that lead to injury  – plenty of free time to putter around outdoors, attend […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Ages + Stages, Newborns + Infants, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens

Does HPV Vaccine Gardasil Really Have A Dark Side?

By February 9, 2015 No Comments

In their story on the purported devastating side-effects of the HPV vaccine, Gardasil, the Toronto Star’s David Bruser and Jesse McLean buried the lead. In both the print and video amplifier, the message “in the cases discussed in this story, it is the opinion of a doctor or patient that a particular drug has caused […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, School-Aged Children, Science 101 + Mythbusting, Tweens + Teens