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But I’m Not Tired! Helping Your Sleep-Deprived Teen

16-year-old Shea Rhodes doesn’t usually go to bed until 2:30am on weeknights. So naturally, getting up for school can be a little rough. “Shea is very difficult to wake up in the morning. It takes several attempts every morning to get him out of bed. He takes naps when he gets home, then can’t sleep. It is a vicious circle,” says his mother, Beth Rhodes. The problem is Shea just isn’t getting enough sleep.

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Teens and Dental Whitening - Caution Advised

Teens are notorious for being image-conscious, so it’s not surprising that they often want to whiten their teeth, either at home or via appointments with a dentist. Parents may wonder if dental whitening is safe for adolescents. The answer is a guarded “yes.”

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"You're So Annoying!"

When I think of annoying, I imagine a tiny mosquito hovering around my head in the dark as I’m trying to sleep. Apparently, the drone of a mosquito doesn’t even come close to how annoying I can be to my 14-year-old.

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The Wild, Wacky, Wonderful Teenage Brain: Hard-Wired to Test Parental Patience?

Fuming with anger, sick with worry or just plain bewildered? You’re probably living with a thrill-seeking, risk-embracing teenager, simultaneously capable of precocious wisdom and incredibly foolish choices. Though teen transgressions like driving too fast, skipping curfew or choosing delinquent pals may seem like personal affronts, this behavior may have very little to do with you at all, says Temple University psychology professor and researcher Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D. According to Steinberg, teens act differently because their brains are, in fact, different.

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