The Developing Teenage Brain

Remember the teenage brain is still developing and teenagers do not always make the wisest decisions. As teenagers go through puberty they experience hormone surges, which combined with their lack of full frontal lobe development (the part of the brain used for reasoning and problem solving), can increase their risk to make poor decisions regarding…

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Code Words

Every child should have a “code word” they can say to a parent or guardian to indicate they feel uncomfortable, need to go home, or need to be reassured. This should be a word the child can say out loud in front of friends or other adults without losing face or feeling embarrassed or scared.…

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Sleepovers

Sleepovers are a common part of childhood. They are also a time when your child may be more vulnerable. When we allow children to stay the night at other people’s homes we may increase the chance of sexual abuse. The offender may be the parent in the home, older siblings, neighbor children, or friends/relatives of…

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Children’s Bureau Express: Key national Indicators of Child Well-Being

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, or the Forum, has produced a report that centers on 41 key indicators of important aspects of children’s lives in seven domains: family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. The report, America’s Children: Key National Indicators of…

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Michael Lawler, PhD: Improving the well-being of American Indian children, families and communities

Improving the well-being of American Indian children, families and communities American Indian populations bear a disproportionate burden from risk factors related to poor health—learn more about new programs and social supports to improve quality of life. By Michael Lawler, PhD American Indian (including in this publication, Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian) children, youth,…

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