Archive for 2013

Why Your Teen Should Learn to Cook

malecookMy last couple of posts have been on fairly serious issues… so for this week, I’ll take a break from the news and discuss a pretty uncontroversial skill I believe teens need to learn.

Some teens love cooking. The first cooking project I took on was bread, because I liked hot bread and had a copy of “The Joy of Cooking“. After tasting homemade bread for the first time, I was sold. By my senior year, I was cooking some family meals and having a great time experimenting with different ethnic cuisines.

Some teens aren’t interested in cooking. They’re quite happy to rely on you or someone else to cook. If there’s nobody around, they might make a peanut butter sandwich or microwave a frozen pizza. Read full post »

Mourning the Loss of a Loved One

iStock_000004330022_ExtraSmall[1]As people living busy lives, we don’t typically think that we might suffer the loss of a loved one and how that loss can affect not only us as parents, but our children. I’ve been away from the blog for a couple of weeks because my own Dad passed away. I was definitely a Daddy’s girl: I called my Dad daily, almost to the point of being a nuisance! The pain is very raw and I still can’t believe I’ll never be able to call him up and tell him I love him again. I am going through the grieving process, which has made me more aware that many of my patients have experienced or are currently experiencing the loss of a loved one as well.

Though we can never truly prepare for loss, we can recognize its impact on our family. No one mourns a loss in exactly the same way. We understand the permanence. Teens know this as well, but it may be more or less challenging for them to get back into their routines. Next, I’ll summarize some common aspects of grief, outline what signs a teen may show that indicate a need for help, and some tips that have provided me with comfort as I process the death of my Dad. Read full post »

Why Plan B Should Be Available Over the Counter To All Ages

Plan BPlan B, aka the “morning-after” pill, has been in the news a lot lately. Plan B is another name for the medication levonorgestrel, which can be taken up to 72 hours after intercourse to prevent conception from occurring. For a long time, it was available without a prescription only to those 17 and over.
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Talking To Your Teen About Your Own Drug and Alcohol History

Serious father talking to teenage son at homeMost parents have talked to their teen about the importance of refraining from alcohol and drug use. However, many parents will also be faced with the question from their teen, “Well, did you ever drink/ use drugs?”

Parents who did not abstain may be taken aback, and unsure what to say. If you’re someone who did experiment with alcohol and drugs in their own past, you might be wondering how to relate that history, if at all. Should you lie and say you never experimented? Should you refuse to answer? Should you change the subject? Read full post »

In the News: Teen Athletes Know All About Concussion Symptoms, But Do They Care?

Migraine Severe HeadacheRecently we’ve reviewed the topic of concussions in teen athletes. A new study came out from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital that contains good news and bad news. The good news is that teen athletes are well-educated about the signs and symptoms of concussion, as well as the serious consequences of returning to play after one occurs. The bad news is, about half of the adolescents with this knowledge would go back to playing in the game anyway. Read full post »

Warning Signs of Depression in Teens

iStock_000014694151XSmallMay is Child Mental Health Awareness month so many of our posts over the coming weeks will cover the topic of mental health in teens. Fortunately, we have many experts in the field of adolescent mental health who have agreed to help offer information on this subject. Child and teen mental health is a topic often left un-discussed, yet it can cripple the lives of the teens who suffer and the families who love them. In this post, we’ve asked Dr. Carolyn McCarty, a psychologist at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital to answer questions on warning signs of depression in teens. Read full post »

Just a Click Away: Talking To Your Teen About Internet Pornography, Part 2


one young teenager boy or girl silhouette computer computing lapThis was originally scheduled to post on April 8th.. and I’m not sure why it didn’t! Anyway, this is the second part of my post on how parents can talk to their teens about internet pornography. Here are 5 more topics you may want to address during these discussions. See the first part here.

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Teen Male Health

Guest Author David Breland, MD MPH

male at docMales in general, seek medical care less often than females. This is true for adults and teens alike, but in addition to providing routine screening for issues like high blood pressure or diabetes, the annual check up can be a great source of information.  We asked Dr. David Breland, who specializes in treating adolescent male patients, tips for parents on male health. Read full post »

Underage Drinking: A Parent’s Role in Prevention

Alone young woman in depression, drinking alcohol (burbon)Alcohol use among adolescents continues to be a concerning problem. While 71% of teens have tried alcohol by the time they’re in high school, even more scary is that 8% have driven while intoxicated. Parents can play an important role in preventing underage alcohol use. We’ve covered alcohol use previous posts, but wanted to highlight an opportunity for parents to learn more about alcohol prevention from experts that will happen on April 25, 2013:

In partnership with the Prevention WINS coalition, the Seattle Children’s Division of Adolescent Medicine invites parents to a special movie night Read full post »

The Cinnamon Challenge Rears Its Head Once Again

cinnamonAbout a year ago, we wrote a piece about the “Cinnamon Challenge”, a new Youtube phenomenon. Almost a year later, it’s apparently still going strong. While teens are likely to suffer nothing more than some discomfort, the Cinnamon Challenge can have serious consequences, especially for teens with asthma or other lung disease. It’s worth taking a moment to talk to your teen about the risks.

Read our post: Taking On the Cinnamon Challenge