PCA 2020

Ages 11-17

Driven to distraction: Cell phones in the high school classroom

Eight years ago we purchased a cell phone for our now 22 year old daughter when she began grade nine. Our rationale was that being more independent at that time, a cell phone for communication (with us in particular) was warranted. Now, waiting until our children are high school age to purchase a cell phone for them is almost unheard of. When our younger daughter (now 14), was 12, she got her first cell phone.

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How to Help Teens Tackle New Year’s Resolutions

The opportunity to reinvent yourself in the New Year isn’t lost on tweens and teens; many young people seek self-improvement this time of year. Consistent with their ‘sky’s-the-limit’ approach to life, teens’ goals may be expressed in grandiose terms. Don’t try to talk your teen down.

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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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