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Alcohol Awareness Month: Drinking behind death of 12 youths under 21 every day

For the most of us, life is all about fun, until the age of 21. And, to live life to the fullest, teenagers, especially boys, look for options that allow them to have maximum fun. Their list includes ideas that are both safe and risky for their health as well as personal development, such as …

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When it’s do or die: Learning about ‘Negotiating the Nonnegotiable’

Almost everyone has been there. You and another person have to resolve a conflict, be it in business or in your personal life. However, the problem doesn’t appear to be one that you both can solve. Whatever it is, you just can’t find a solution to the problem. So how does one negotiate the seemingly …

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Natural Parenting in a world that is not family friendly

As time is progressing, more speculation and weariness is emerging regarding what our culture demands from kids and their caregivers. Young children are often expected to meet adult behavioral standards. Yet often overlooked are the developmental needs of kids that require principles of trial and error, exploration and learning along the way. A recent debate …

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The benefits of spending time together and volunteering as a family

A strong family helps build mental and behavioral fortitude. One study in 2006 analyzed nearly 100,000 adolescent students across the United States and determined that higher frequencies of dinners spent together with family was positively associated with constructive behaviors and negatively associated with high-risk behaviors in children. From these findings and many others, it is …

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Mental health for students far from home: Keeping mentally healthy far away

Dad: I know you’ve been at school a few months now, how goes it? David: It’s fine, I guess; just nerve-wracking. School is just so tough right now. Dad: You shouldn’t worry about it, okay? The real world is much more difficult and you can’t handle college? David: Okay, I guess so. Word of advice… …

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