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  1. Dr. Ashton's Five Simple Rules for a Healthy Sex Life

      1. Never tell your boyfriend you’re on the pill. Yes, you heard me right. I’m telling you to lie to your boyfriend. Because, I promise you, if he knows you’re on the pill or another form of birth control, he won’t use a condom every time. And you always need to use two forms of birth control—one t

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  2. Birth Control Briefing

      Don’t expect to learn all you need to know about birth control in school. Many schools provide no instruction in birth control methods except for abstinence. It’s a shame, because there are more birth control options than ever, many newly approved for teens. Of course, condoms are still the only w

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  3. Going to Pot: The Risks of Smoking Marijuana

      One of my patients, Beth, sixteen, smoked pot several times a week. Her mom knew about it but was afraid if she told Beth to stop, it would make things worse. “Then she’d just do it behind my back,” her mother told me. I told Beth the facts about marijuana and encouraged her to quit. “The health r

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  4. My Sister Is Driving Me Nuts! How to Deal With Sibling Rivalry

    Having a sister has its definite advantages. When you want to borrow a skirt to go with your new sweater, or gossip about this really cute guy at school, just head to her room. If you need to gripe about your Mom and Dad, she can totally relate. And honestly, who else in this world knows you better

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  5. Mean Girls: How to Deal With Them

    Middle school is an awkward time for a lot of girls. At that age, it can be so hard to fit in. For Anna Thomas, middle school in metro Atlanta was a total nightmare. "I remember a bunch of girls would stare at me at lunch and make fun of me," Thomas, who is now 18, remembers. "People would walk by m

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  6. Your Life Online

    Amanda Randolph says she was just 15 when she "met" a 44-year-old man in an online chat room. Amanda was looking for someone to talk to. She was lonely. All the attention at home was focused on her older sister, who was pregnant with twins. "I was telling him that basically my home life sucked becau

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  7. Babysitter Safety: What You Need to Know

    When you're in middle school or high school, there aren't a ton of job options. (President of the United States and CEO of a major corporation are still a few years down the road.) Babysitting is still one of the best -- and most popular -- jobs for pre-teens and teens. For many, it's their very fir

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  8. Friend or Mother? Tips for Talking With Your Daughter

    Talking with your daughter about sensitive issues is something that many moms dread. But you don’t need to have a formal sit-down. Having “the talk” about delicate subjects shouldn’t happen in one fell swoop, anyway. Follow these steps to help your daughter talk often with you about the issues she’s

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  9. Raising Confident Daughters in a Changing World

    Parents naturally want the best for their daughters: good friends, the wisdom to make good decisions, and strength to weather life’s storms. But much of the news about girls these days isn’t good. As teen years approach, many confident girls turn into sullen shells. Self-esteem plummets. Friends tur

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  10. Menstruation and the First Period: What Girls Should Know

    “What are these, Mommy?” asked the 7-year-old girl, reaching into her mother’s vanity drawer and pulling out a box of tampons. Caught unprepared to talk about puberty and menstruation, her mother improvised. “Um…they’re windshield wiper cleaners, honey.” Will you be more ready than that when it’s ti

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