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Answering Questions 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.

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.

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 Depression: What Parents Need to Know

When a sad or bad mood lasts for weeks or longer and there are other changes in a child’s behavior, it might be depression. Learn the signs of depression and what parents can do to help their child.

Childhood Stress: How Parents Can Help

Stress is a normal response to changes and challenges. And life is full of those, even during childhood. Here are tips for parents on helping kids cope with normal stress and how to tell when stress is serious.

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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Support Your Child’s Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to bring uncertainty for kids and teens. Here's how to help them.

Cutting and Self-Harm

Some teens and even pre-teens hurt themselves on purpose. Find out why some cut or do other types of self-injury and how to help.


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.

Depression in Teens: How Parents Can Help

All teens feel sad or moody at times. But when a sad or bad mood lasts for weeks or longer, and when there are other changes in how a teen acts, it could be a sign of depression. Find out what to do.