I remember one of the first times my mother left me and my siblings home alone for longer than a few minutes. I was 12 years old, and as the eldest of 4 children, felt pretty mature and responsible. My mom was only gone about an hour, but she came home to what was likely her worse nightmare at the time. The condominium complex next to ours had caught on fire and our neighborhood was surrounded by fire trucks and medical personnel. We were absolutely fine, but my mom was very hesitant to leave us alone for quite awhile after that. Read full post »
You can order a pizza without picking up the phone, get directions without pulling out a map, and find your long-lost childhood sweetheart with a search engine. We can look up information on pretty much anything with a few keystrokes. People with rare interests or problems can find like-minded peers around the world, and people in different countries can play an online game together, chatting all the while.
Most people online are seeking information, sharing it with friends, or buying something. However, there have always been untrustworthy people who try to target us in person; now they are online as well.
One of the most wonderful aspects of living in the Pacific Northwest is enjoying our amazing summers. The temperature hovers around a comfortable 75 degrees, the humidity is low, and the days are long. With the warmer temperatures come the outdoor activities and Seattle is surrounded by water! Lake Washington, Lake Union, the Puget Sound, and on and on. Boats, both motor and paddled, are common and teens are often invited to partake in summer activities involving water. Read full post »
What is the leading cause of adolescent deaths worldwide?
It’s not HIV, violence, suicide, or malaria, although those are all well-represented in the top ten list. Globally, the leading cause of adolescent deaths is “road traffic accidents”. And lest you think our paved roads and antilock brakes exempt us from this, car accidents are also the leading cause of adolescent deaths in the U.S.
Ah, it’s that time of year. Summer! Daffodils have sprouted and the cherry blossoms bloomed… seasonal allergies are flaring up. It’s also the time of year where the school year is winding down and kids are getting excited about summer vacation. Now parents have to consider what activities can occupy their teen for those 6.5 hours of the day that they would have been in school.
With each of my patient visits that happen this time of year I ask everyone what their summer plans are. Some are taking big trips to other countries, some will be going to volunteer at camps they attended as young kids, and others just reply, ‘nothing.’ It made me wonder about a few questions…
Caffeine consumption in adults has been a normal pastime and is very acceptable. People use caffeine for many reasons, including help with concentration, to wake up in the mornings, and for the taste. Most studies in adults show that small to moderate doses (like a cup of coffee) in adults are safe. However, there are very few studies of the effects of caffeine on children and teens.
Guest post to Teenology 101 by Leslie Walker, MD
Did you know that teens volunteer at nearly double the rate as adults? It’s true, nearly 55% of teenagers volunteer, mostly through their school, family or religious organizations. Only 29% percent of adults can say the same. The 2005 Youth Volunteering and Civic Engagement Survey based on Census data looked comprehensively at youth and service. You may say most kids have to do some sort of service to graduate from public and private high schools and that is why the numbers of teen volunteers is so high and drops off after age 18. But I think we would be missing something important here. Maybe we are doing something right in expecting our youth to volunteer and give back to society and they are actually getting the message, the survey found that teens most often stated they volunteer because the youth see the importance of helping others.
If you’re raising a teenager you know that, unfortunately, they don’t come with a handy user’s manual. While every adolescent is different and unique, they certainly share some common traits.
This blog is a chance for us — Jen Brown, RN and Yolanda Evans, MD (as well as some of our colleagues from the Adolescent Medicine team and peers from around the country) — to share the knowledge and experiences we’ve gained through years of working with teenagers and their families. Our goal for this blog is to give parents encouragement, and hopefully insight, into the minds of their teens and why they make the choices they make.
We’ll share useful advice on dealing with common teen issues, health problems that affect teenagers, tips for keeping your teen safe and healthy in a world with many pitfalls, and explore social and political issues affecting teenagers today. And, we hope you’ll share your own experiences as well: what’s worked, what hasn’t, and what wisdom have you’ve gained — or are you gaining — from raising a teen?
We look forward to hearing from you!