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Parenting : Children's Health : Children and Difficult Times


    • A Child's Concept of Death

      For infants and toddlers, death has very little meaning. School-aged children begin to understand death as permanent, universal, and inevitable. A predominant theme in adolescence is a feeling of immortality or being exempt from death.

    • Discussing Death with Children

      The ultimate goal in discussing death with a dying child is to optimize his or her comfort and alleviate any fears. If the child is not ready to discuss death, the most helpful step parents can take is to wait until he or she is ready.

    • Helping Kids Cope with a Divorce

      Anger, fear, separation anxiety, a sense of abandonment, self-blame, sadness and embarrassment are common reactions to divorce for most children.

    • Helping Your Children Cope With Death

      Children deal with death in many different ways, and not necessarily in the same manner as adults.

    • How to Help Teenagers With Addicted Parents

      Growing up is a tough challenge for most adolescents, but when their parents are abusing alcohol or drugs, the obstacles can seem overwhelming.

    • Smart Ways to Resolve Conflicts at Home

      Conflict and anger are natural parts of family life. But how you handle them makes all the difference in having good relationships with loved ones.

    • Teen Suicide

      Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15- to 24-year-olds. The strongest risk factors for attempted suicide in youth are depression, substance abuse, and aggressive or disruptive behaviors.

    • Teen Suicide: Learning to Recognize the Warning Signs

      More than 70 percent of teens who attempt or commit suicide do so in a state of crisis, responding to some acute conflict with peers, parents, or other authorities.

    • What You Can Do to Prevent Child Abuse

      Child abuse can happen in any family and in any neighborhood. Studies have shown that child abuse crosses all boundaries of income, race, ethnic heritage and religious faith.

    • What You Must Know About Suicide

      In many cases of suicide or attempted suicide, undiagnosed and untreated mental illness—especially depression—is to blame.