Sexual Assault & Teenagers: An Exercise for Parents and Teens

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

This document contains a series of questions and answers parents can use to review important aspects of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape.  It is intended to be a catalyst for parents to introduce this important topic to their teens and to start a discussion that hopefully will continue past the end of the exercise.  The information in this exercise …

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Thirteen Things to Talk to Your Teen About 13 Reasons Why A Parent’s Guide Episode 7: Friends Taking Risks & Flirting

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

Thirteen Reasons Why, a video series based on a best-selling teen novel, is the story of a 17 year old girl, Hannah who commits suicide and leaves 13 tapes for each of the people who contributed to her decision to commit suicide.  This is the eighth in a series of blogs that identify issues raised in each episode with some …

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Thirteen Things to Talk to Your Teen About 13 Reasons Why A Parent’s Guide Episode 6: Boredom & Consent

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

Thirteen Reasons Why, a video series based on a best-selling teen novel, is the story of a 17 year old girl, Hannah who commits suicide and leaves 13 tapes for each of the people who contributed to her decision to commit suicide.  This is the seventh in a series of blogs that identify issues raised in each episode with some …

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Thirteen Things to Talk to Your Teen About 13 Reasons Why: Episode 4-Teenage Sexuality & Sexting

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

Thirteen Reasons Why, a video series based on a best-selling teen novel, is the story of a 17 year old Girl, Hannah who commits suicide and leaves 13 tapes for each of the people who contributed to her decision to commit suicide.  This is the fifth in a series of blogs that identify issues raised in each episode with some …

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Family Time Movie Theater: Healthy Realistic Relationships

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

Good luck finding movies that portray healthy, long term relationships.  Everything is drama and dysfunction or drama and romance.  These are a couple of movies that actually portray relationships in a fairly accurate and healthy way.  Because they are not romcoms (i.e., romantic comedies) or filled with violence, your kid might not watch them by choice.  You may have to …

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Family Time Movie Theater: Internet and Social Media

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

You can use movie night to reveal the influence of the internet on teen’s (and all of our) lives.  Here are a couple of documentaries that will raise some issues worth talking about.  One is a cautionary tale about how you can be fooled and another is about how the internet and social media can be used to make a …

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Family Time Movie Theater: Teenage Boys and Dating

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

Finding good movie role models for teenage boys in dating relationships is not easy.  There is so much emphasis on the strict adherence to guy rules (which are bad for emotionally intimate relationships), the overly romanticized characterizations of boys and girls who don’t expect much from their boyfriends.  Here are some movies with better guy role models. Pretty in Pink …

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Emotional Intimacy: Some Things Your Son Needs To Know

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

There are a lot of ways teenagers can learn about healthy romantic relationships. Most media representations are focused on titillation and sexual licentiousness. Romance in movies is mostly characterized by idealization, infatuation, lust and one dimensional people (think Twilight, The Hangover, Iron Man, Spider man and 300). Relationships in music lyrics emphasize hedonism, sexism, the objectification of women (and men) …