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  1. Be Street Smart About Street Drugs

    If you think all drug users are gang members, rock stars, pro athletes, or homeless people, guess again. Hard-drug users are also suburban housewives, doctors, movie stars, and even high school students, like my patient Leslie. Smart and pretty, Leslie tried cocaine at age sixteen when her friends t

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  2. Dealing with Friends

      A funny thing I’ve noticed: Although I talk to thousands of patients every year (many of those just before or just after they lose their virginity), none of them, not one teenage patient, has ever said to me, “Oh, Dr. Ashton, I love my boyfriend so much, and I really want to sleep with him because

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  3. Happier Hormones: Treating Period Pain With the Pill

      Thirteen-year-old Brooke came to see me for horrible cramps. High-dose Motrin cut her pain in half within a few months. I could have prescribed oral hormones, but I usually try to avoid prescribing hormones within two years of the first menstrual period, while systems are still “working out the ki

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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. 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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  10. 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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