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Countdown to College Part 4-Sexual Decision Making

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

Love, intimacy, rejection, lust, heartbreak, carnal pleasure; there’s so much for your college bound kid to learn and experience in the months ahead.  This is the fourth and final column on some of the discussions worth having with your older teen as they prepare to take off for college.  As such, there are several aspects of sexual decision making they …

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Cigarettes, Tobacco, E-cigarettes and Vaping

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

Everyone knows smoking is bad.  It is highly addictive and has a whole host of health and mortality problems (all of which make you dead sooner).  And it is even worse than has been previously thought.  Even teenagers know it (with the help of longstanding and coordinated campaigns by the US Government and the American Cancer Society to educate and …

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Helping Your Kid Comfort A Grieving Friend

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

Teenager’s, as we all know, think they are invincible.  Most of them also have a hard time making sense of events and situations that require a perspective greater than “what am I doing this weekend.”  This makes supporting a friend who has suffered a death in the family particularly difficult (“What do I say — and what do I NOT …

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Sexting Is In The News Again

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

Well, another story about teenagers sexting and trading pictures of their naughty bits hit the news recently.  According to the New York Times, it seems that a large number of guys and girls in a Colorado high school formed a kind of club that collected and traded naked pictures of their peers (themselves included, presumably).  From the advent of widely …

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The Study Clause

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

What do you do if your kid doesn’t follow through when it comes to keeping his or her grades up? If you were my mom, you would bring “Mr. Spoon” to the conversation (a large, thick wooden spoon that could be very convincing). I am more likely to recommend that parents have an understanding with their kids, a study clause, …

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Grade Expectations

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

Well, school is now in full swing and soon the first progress report will be making its way to emails near you. For some, this means being faced with setting (or revising) some expectations about grades and studying. Hopefully, you have one of those conscientious kids who love schoolwork and see grades as a challenge to be mastered. In that …

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Parenting Teens for the 21st Century Work Place: Achoring Skills

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

Twenty first century workers will have to contend with the reality that there are smart, accomplished people all over the world that can transmit their knowledge instantly anywhere in the world. While your kid will need to have a solid intellectual foundation, they will also need skill sets that can’t be outsourced to workers other countries; skills that can only …