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Teens: Are Feelings a Disease?

Teens: Are Feelings a Disease? I am troubled by what I see on TV.  I watched the reunion special for The Real World Las Vegas.  While many things said and seen were scary if teens use them as a model for their behavior, one thing struck me, and struck me hard. Two people living in the house, Leroy and Naomi, agreed to have a casual sexual relationship.  If one or the other did not bring someone home to sleep with then they would sleep together.  Leroy had a few partners that were shown coming home with him for sex as did Naomi.  But true...

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Who You Were, Are, and Will Be

Who You Were, Are, and Will Be Self-reflection is something I believe extremely important and often under-utilized.  The question I pose is this: Have you taken the time to think about your beliefs and values and then compared them to those you held in your teens?  Furthermore, have you examined what has changed about you and your beliefs or how your perspective has changed since you were a teen? The reason that I pose this question is that I think it is very important to see the differences in things that teens and adults place value or belief in.  Obviously, as a teen...

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Q&A:Breaking Up Safely

From Email: “What do I need to do to keep myself safe?  I’m afraid my partner might get even more abusive if we break up. I don’t like the way this relationship is going, but I don’t know what to do.” When you call a Domestic Violence or Dating Violence hotline, one of the first questions they ask is if you are in safe place and can talk. Once they determine that you can talk safely without getting “in trouble” with your abuser, the dialog starts. It isn’t easy to leave an abusive relationship. There are many things to...

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“Near Murder” by the Reverend Mother

A “scathingly brilliant idea” was the operative term for a wonderful movie said to be for adolescents… but really meant for adults as well, known as “The Trouble with Angels.”(Although Ladyjustice isn’t of the Catholic faith, she has a soft spot for movies set in the convent, as she formerly consulted as a speech pathologist in a school convent setting for a few years, “in a former life.”) Take a few veteran actresses, including Roslyn Russell, the flawless comedic timing of a young Hayley Mills and June Harding; mix in your local castle turned convent, add your standard yellow...

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It’s About Your Teen: MTV’s Teen Mom

What can I say about MTV? This station is somewhat of an enigma for me. I will admit to watching a few shows, yes, they are entertaining for me. As an advocate for Teen Dating Violence, I find myself watching more of the shows that I wouldn’t have ever given the time of day. Teen Mom is one of those shows. I am not their target audience because I am not a teen, I am not pregnant, and I do not have baby daddy drama. I made the decision to watch the show because I saw a preview of...

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It’s About Your Teen: Cell Phones

A tool of the trade, your cell phone. A cell phone is something that we have grown to depend on not only in an emergency but for catching up with friends, entertainment, and photo-taking. Phones today, store our contacts, call history, calendars, texts, web history, photos, social networking history, and much much more. Many of us couldn’t live without the ease and convenience our phones. For a teen, they are a lifeline to their social lives and school culture. Most teens wouldn’t think of living without their phones. If one of the teens that love their phone is also...

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