How to Deal with Relationships

When two or more people are connected and behave toward each other, we call that a relationship. Relationships can take many forms, but ultimately can be healthy or unhealthy.

In healthy relationships, you make decisions together. You can openly discuss relationship problems. You enjoy time together but can also be happy apart.

In unhealthy relationships, one person tries to make most of the decisions. He or she may try to pressure the partner into situations or refuse to admit hurtful actions. In an unhealthy relationship, you feel like you need to spend time with only your partner.


Navigating Teen Relationships in a Digital World

If you are the parent of a teenager, you likely know that they spend a lot of time using technology – whether it’s a cell phone, tablet or laptop. But, what are they doing on those devices? With calling, texting, internet browsing, games, social media apps and dating apps at your teens’ fingertips, it becomes difficult for parents to monitor digital behaviors.

"The natural response is to try and fix it, when sometimes, there’s nothing that can be done to fix the problem." But we can offer tips when it comes to helping your child deal with a broken heart. Check out our four ways to help ease the process.

Romantic Relationships

Teen with Broken Heart

5 Tips for Helping Your Teen Navigate Their First Breakup

We all know that most “first loves” don’t have a happy ending. How can you help your teen during this time? Here are tips for providing support and teaching them how to manage future relationships.

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7 Ways for Parents to Support Their Child In Their First Relationship

How can parents of teens have a conversation and an open line of communication upon his or her first relationship without it seeming like an after-school special? Here are some of our expert's favorite tips to address questions and concerns.

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Teen Relationships: Healthy, Unhealthy or Abusive?

It’s important for everyone, especially parents, to know and understand signs and expectations of a healthy relationship, as well as an abusive one.

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Sexting: What Parents Need to Know

As an adolescent pediatrician, parents are often telling me how difficult it can be to monitor what your kids are doing online and on their cell phones.

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Dating and Digital Abuse: Keeping Your Teen Safe Online

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Did you know that nearly 1.5 million high school students in the U.S. experience physical abuse from a partner in a single year? Aside from physical abuse, our youth are also experiencing digital dating abuse.


PediaByte 32: Middle School Dating

Listen to Dr. Mike explore how dating in middle school effects study skills.

Parent-Child Relationships

Parenting Teens

Parenting Teenagers: Navigating the Choppy Waters of Adolescence

Parenting a teenager is a hard job. Finding creative strategies and solutions to address tough moments can help get you through those choppy waters of adolescence.

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Nurturing and Developing a Positive Relationship with Your Child

Developing and engaging in healthy ways can seem even more complex amid juggling work, school, friends, social media and technology. Despite these challenges, it is still possible to build a strong relationship with our children through creative activities.

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How Exposure to Domestic Violence Impacts Child Development

Domestic violence in the home affects more than just the immediate victim. If children are present to see and/or hear it, it takes a toll on their healthy, natural development unless they receive support to help them cope and heal.

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