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Respecting Your Child’s Queerness*

*I use “queer” here as an umbrella term for LBTQIA+ people. We are lucky this week to have a guest blogger.  Ric is a former Teen Line listener and a current college student.  Thank you Ric for your openness and insight into this complicated topic!   As a 21-year-old genderqueer kid just two years into […]

Embracing They, Them, Their

The events at Pulse nightclub in Orlando a few weeks ago have left us all reeling. Teen Line has always been an ally of the LGBTQ community and even has a specific LGBTQ outreach presentation. Countless teens have come out to us over the years because we have been, and always will be, a safe […]

Erasing Stigma Begins at Home

In the past few weeks, actress Kristen Bell has opened up publicly about her struggles with anxiety and depression. I couldn’t commend her more for putting a face to the struggles that so many endure alone. Mental illness is treatable.  There are options when people are struggling.  Stigma is often the impediment to treatment or […]

4 Tips to Reduce Stress in Teens

Ways for parents to help teens decrease their stress and improve their mental health.

Technology and Social Media: Friend or Foe?

  My opinion on technology and social media: it’s a mixed bag!  Teens reach out to us via text and email who wouldn’t have reached out otherwise, and I am so grateful for that. I also take comfort in a teen who is struggling alone with her anxiety and depression finding a forum where she […]

How Parents Can Help Prevent Suicide

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for 10-24 year olds (first is accidental injury). That means more young people die from suicide in a year than cancer, heart disease, and school or gang violence.   As scary as that is, even scarier are studies reporting that suicide is not on the top 10 list […]

The Power of Listening

This blog discusses roadblocks to good listening and ways for parents to communicate better with their teens.

How Do I Get My Teen to Talk to Me?

Tips on how to stay connected with your teen through their adolescent years.

How to Help Your Teen Cope When Tragedy Hits

Tools to help you and your teen cope with tragedy.

Kindness Matters!

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me (Cheryl), since we’ve had so many wonderful guest bloggers! We have a lot of new subscribers, so welcome to our parent blog and happy reading! TEEN LINE is celebrating the 35th anniversary of our first call. Truly amazing! So how have we lasted 35 […]

5 Ways to Protect Your Teen from Drug Abuse

Wow, we have been so lucky to have so many guest bloggers lately.  This week we welcome Trey Dyer, who is an advocate for drug abuse treatment.  Thanks Trey! Many parents ask themselves what they can do to protect their teen from the dangers of drug abuse. Often, the biggest factor in preventing a teen […]

Recognizing Signs of An Eating Disorder and What to Do if You Do

Dr Lauren Mulheim gives warning signs of an eating disorder and what to do if you see these signs.

Sleep! It’s Good for You!

Ways to improve sleep and reasons to do so.

Embracing Gratitude

Discusses ways in which to live with more gratitude.

Losing the Smartphone Battle with your Teen? Here are 5 Tips!

This article gives 5 tips for parents to better manage their teens' use of smartphones,

Building Self-Confidence & Resilience in Our Teens

Ways in which parents can help improve their teens' self-confidence and resilience.

Decreasing Stress in Our Teens

In her New York Times Book Review on Becoming Nicole (11/8/15), Lisa Miller writes, “Children are never what one expects, and the trick is not to be disappointed — in fact, to be pleased — with who they are. This process of constantly recalibrating one’s expectations is the central job of parenthood: a high-wire act […]

I’m Practicing Self-Care This Week

It has been a very busy week over here with parent presentations to Leo Baeck Temple and Milken Community High School.  Since I profess the importance of self-care, I am going to practice what I preach and take this week off.  I leave you with a poignant quote I stumbled upon this week that addresses an issue […]