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  • "Am I Pretty?": What Moms, Daughters Really Think About Looks
    KidsHealth asked thousands of mothers and daughters how they felt about their appearance. Their answers may surprise you.
  • 5 Ways to Bully-Proof Your Kid
    Take the target off your kid's back with these smart tips.
  • Anxiety Disorders
    Anxiety is a normal part of growing up, and all kids experience it. But when it becomes extreme, it can interfere with a child's overall happiness.
  • Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias
    Experiencing and dealing with anxieties can prepare young people to handle the unsettling experiences and challenging situations of life.
  • Becoming a Stepparent
    Stepparenting can be a challenging yet rewarding experience. Learn how to cultivate a healthy relationship with your stepkids.
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
    For teens, concerns about appearances often take center stage. But if these concerns are all-consuming, cause extreme distress, and keep them from doing and thinking about other things, it may be a sign of a condition called body dysmorphic disorder.
  • Childhood Stress
    Being a kid doesn't always mean being carefree - even the youngest tots worry. Find out what stresses kids out and how to help them cope.
  • Competitive Sports: Helping Kids Play it Cool
    Sometimes the pressure to succeed on the field or in the court can be overwhelming. Learn what you can do to help your child keeps things in perspective.
  • Cutting
    Cutting isn't new, but this form of self-injury has been in the spotlight more in recent years. Learn more about it and ways to help a teen who cuts.
  • Cyberbullying
    Cyberbullying is the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass or target another person. Here are some suggestions on what to do if online bullying has become part of your child's life.
  • Developing Your Child's Self-Esteem
    Self-esteem is a child's armor against the challenges of the world. Here's how you can promote healthy self-esteem in your kids.
  • Eating Disorders
    Eating disorders are common among teens and kids, especially young women. Read about the warning signs, prevention strategies, and ways to help a child with an eating disorder.
  • Helping Kids Cope With Stress
    Stress from things like school and social situations can feel overwhelming for kids. But by teaching healthy coping strategies, you'll prepare your kids to manage stress.
  • Helping Kids Deal With Bullies
    Unfortunately, bullying is a common part of childhood. But parents can help kids cope with it and lessen its lasting impact.
  • Helping Kids Handle Worry
    All kids to worry at times, and some may worry more than others. But parents can help kids manage worry and tackle everyday problems with ease. Find out how.
  • Helping Your Child Deal With Death
    It can be difficult to know how to help kids cope with a death, particularly as you work through your own grief. Here are a few important things to consider.
  • Helping Your Child Through a Divorce
    By minimizing the stress a divorce creates, being patient as everyone adjusts to the new situation, and responding openly and honestly to your kids' concerns, you can help them through this difficult time.
  • How Can Spirituality Affect Your Family's Health?
    Can spirituality promote a healthier physical life for your family? Recent medical studies indicate that spiritual people exhibit less stress and a greater total life satisfaction.
  • How Do I Handle the Transition When My Husband Returns From Active Duty?
    Find out what the experts have to say.
  • How Do I Help My Kids Deal With My Husband's Deployment?
    Find out what the experts have to say.
  • I Love My New Baby. So, Why Am I Sad?
    Find out what the experts have to say.
  • Is Your Child Too Busy?
    Some kids have too much to do and not enough time to do it. Is your child too busy?
  • My Son Is Being Deployed; How Do I Help My Other Kids Cope?
    Find out what the experts have to say.
  • Natural Disasters: How Families Can Help
    When natural disasters like tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes strike, it's natural for people to want to help. Here are some ways to do that.
  • Postpartum Depression
    It's important for new mothers – and those who love them – to understand the symptoms of postpartum depression and reach out to family, friends, and medical professionals for help.
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    Kids and teens who live through a traumatic event can develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Healing is possible with the help of professional counseling and support from loved ones.
  • Preparing Your Child for a Move
    Disruptive as moving can be for parents, the experience can be even more traumatic for kids. Here's how to make moving less stressful for the whole family.
  • Preparing Your Child for a New Sibling
    The arrival of a new baby can cause lots of changes. But parents can prepare kids for an addition to the family.
  • Questions and Answers About Sex
    Answering kids' questions about sex is a responsibility many parents dread. But by answering these questions honestly, parents can help foster healthy feelings about sex.
  • Raising Confident Kids
    It takes confidence to be a kid. And while each child is a little different, parents can follow some general guidelines to build kids' confidence.
  • School Violence and the News
    As terrible and frightening as incidents of school violence are, they are rare. But it's natural for kids to worry. How can you help them deal with these fears?
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
    A person with SAD typically experiences symptoms of depression as winter approaches and daylight hours become shorter.
  • Separation Anxiety
    Teary and tantrum-filled goodbyes are common with separation anxiety, which is a perfectly normal part of childhood development.
  • Sexual Orientation
    During the teen years, sexual feelings are awakened in new ways because of the hormonal and physical changes of puberty. It takes time for many kids to understand who they are and who they're becoming. Part of that understanding includes a person's sexual feelings and attractions.
  • Sibling Rivalry
    As upsetting as it can be for a parent, conflict between siblings is very common. Here's how to help your kids get along.
  • Taking Your Child to a Therapist
    Kids, like adults, can often benefit from therapy – but there are many important things to consider as you look for the right therapist.
  • Teaching Your Child Tolerance
    Teaching tolerance is important - the differences that come from living in a melting pot enrich our culture, bringing new ideas and energy. And people who are open to differences have more opportunities in education, business, and so many other ways.
  • Teens Talk About Bullying (Video)
    Hear from teens who've been bullied - and what they did about it.
  • Teens Talk About Love (Video)
    Hear teens' take on love, marriage, divorce, dating, and breakups.
  • Teens Talk About Stress (Video)
    Here, teens talk about what stresses them out and how they cope.
  • Tips for Divorcing Parents
    No guide can guarantee a way to steer kids unscathed through a divorce. Every situation - and every family - is different. But these commonsense guidelines might make the adjustment a bit easier.
  • Traveling Without Your Child
    Here's how to prepare kids before you leave so that you both feel more comfortable when you need to travel without them.
  • Understanding Depression
    Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the U.S. If you think your child is depressed, you'll want to learn more about what depression is, what causes it, and what you can do to help.
  • What Kids Say About: Handling Stress
    In a KidsHealth® KidsPoll, kids talked about what they stress about the most, how they cope with these feelings, and how they want parents to help.
  • When a Pet Dies
    For most kids, pets are more than just animals – they're members of the family. So it can be heartbreaking to lose one. Here's how to help kids cope.

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