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Dec 2016

Holiday Happiness: Strategies to Keep the Holidays (Somewhat) Stress-free

The relaxing days of holiday preparation! Here we are once again, that frenzied time between Thanksgiving and the holidays. If you happen …

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Dec 2016

World AIDS Day 2016

World AIDS Day 2016 Every day, about 5,600 people contract #HIV. That’s more than 230 every hour, according to AIDS2016.org. To …

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Nov 2016

Understanding Your LGBTQ Child and Learning About Their Community

I have a guest blogger this week.  Sara Bell loves teachers and appreciates the importance of education. She grew up with two …

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Nov 2016

I am Not a Soldier: Caring for those who serve.

Each branch of the military is crucial to the safety and security of our beautiful nation.   I am not a soldier. …

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Oct 2016

Herpes: Did you know…?

  Did you know innocent-looking cold sores are actually a form of herpes?   Now that I have your attention, let’s …

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Oct 2016

National Coming Out Day: What does it mean?

A Rainbow of Love   Today is the 28th year of National Coming Out Day.   “Coming out” is a term used …

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Sep 2016

Sexual Harassment: It’s all business

It’s all business: sexual harassment   It is not often I read the business section of the newspaper on Sunday mornings. …

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Sep 2016

There’s an app for that! Managing your teen’s health and wellness.

THRIVE: Managing your teen’s health and wellness at your fingertips. Hey Parents! I wanted to take a moment to tell you about …

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Aug 2016

Supporting Other Women: Talk Behind Their Backs

  Recently I attended a women’s entrepreneurial event in Chicago called the Women’s Success Summit.  I met some pretty awesome, and inspiring …

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Jul 2016

Happiness is a News Report about Cancer Prevention: HPV Vaccination

Nothing makes me happier than seeing a news item that discusses sexuality health.    Breaking News!   Okay, so maybe this makes …

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Jul 2016

International Kissing Day

July 6 is International Kissing Day   No need to allow this so-very-important-day pass by without celebration! Give your child a …

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Jun 2016

Love.

“Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.   That’s all.   (Photos: Adobe Stock) …

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Jun 2016

Conversation: Sexual Assault

Typically I try to refrain from giving my opinion when I write, but today is an exception.   Despite three felony counts, …

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May 2016

National Women’s Health Week: Dimensions of Wellness

  May is a busy month! Not only do we have Mother’s Day and National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Week, it is also …

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Mar 2016

How to help teenagers become wise decision-makers

TeenWorldConfidential is privileged to have Stefanie Frank as a guest writer for our readers. Stefanie Frank’s graduate degree from New York University and …

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Mar 2016

Car Crumbs: How life’s unfortunate events can bring people together

  I am re-posting this piece about friendship and relationships as I reflect on an unfortunate event of one year ago. Car …

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Mar 2016

The Best Defense Against HIV for Women and Girls: Education

  Talking to our children about about keeping healthy is one of the job requirements of parenting. From the minute they …

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Jan 2016

Human Papillomavirus: Understanding the Virus

  Understanding human papillomavirus, or HPV, allows parents to make informed and educated decisions about their child’s future reproductive health. HPV …

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Jan 2016

Let’s Talk: Cervical Health

January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month.  So, let’s talk cervix….     The cervix is part of the female reproductive system. …

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Dec 2015

Embracing Your Awesomeness this Holiday Season

  This is the time of year in which we sit back, relax, and reflect upon the past year and contemplate the …

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Dec 2015

Gathering Momentum: Changing the Lives of Adolescent Mothers and their Children

  A person never knows whom may cross their daily path. In life, randomness and chance often bring interesting encounters. Such …

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Nov 2015

World Vasectomy Day 2015

  When talking about contraception, the focus is typically on the female partner within a heterosexual relationship. Likely this is because women …

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Nov 2015

Eliminating the Barrier Method – When Talking to Kids About Sex

My recent Kids In The House post reflects on the latest research identifying which parent more frequently talks to kids about …

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Oct 2015

National Health Education Week

    Health Education is the cornerstone in which to prevent illness and maintain well-being.This week, the Society of Public Health Education …

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Oct 2015

Campaign to Change Direction: Mental Health and Adolescence

  Your son used to bound down the stairs each evening and eagerly plant himself between you and your spouse. Chatting …

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Oct 2015

Kids In The House: Sex Ed…for Newborns?!

The letter from your child’s grade school nurse peeks out of the beckoning backpack. THAT letter. The one that notifies unassuming parents that “The …

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Sep 2015

National Pink Out Day!

  Planned Parenthood offers reproductive health care services to women AND men. It is an invaluable reproductive health resource for all. …

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Sep 2015

THRIVE: A Resource for Parents of Adolescents

  Just wanted to pass on some information about this really cool app I recently learned about.   The app, THRIVE, is …

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Sep 2015

Challenges vs. Disasters: Ten Ways to Help Your Child Prepare For the College Years

“They (college students) see every difficulty as a disaster, not a challenge. They’ve been made fragile by being overprotected, and this fragility …

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Aug 2015

If a Situation Does Not Feel or Look Safe, Avoid It

  Saturday morning workday nourishment. I wish. It is early Saturday morning. I usually head out for a long run. Today, however, …

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Aug 2015

Are There Kids In Your House?

Do you have Kids in the House?? Lucky Me!  I am now blogging for this fantastic site called kidsinthehouse. Lucky You! …

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Aug 2015

John Oliver Nails It!

  I avoid writing blogs that focus primarily on someone else’s work. It goes against my values as an educator and …

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Aug 2015

You ‘Herd’ it Here: Immunizations for College Students are Crucial

Ah, summer…….   June and July we have the scent of freshly-mown grass. Long, delicious, velvety evenings with the sound of …

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Jun 2015

It has finally happened: Marriage Equality!

It has been a long time coming. From Stonewall to the Supreme Court. As Justice Anthony Kennedy said, “…marriage embodies a love that …

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Jun 2015

Legacy: What Ann Taught Me.

Legacy. When we consider legacy, our thoughts often meander to “The Greats”: The legacy of spectacular athletes, the legacy of effective …

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Jun 2015

Summertime! Conversations with your College Student: Sex, Rules, and Independence

Ahhh…Summer time…….   Bright-eyed parents eagerly anticipate the homecoming of their college-aged children. Visions of evenings filled with mature conversation while …

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May 2015

It’s Mother’s Day!

“Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” ~Oprah Winfrey         It is Mother’s Day. A day …

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Apr 2015

VoiceAmerica discusses Sex Rules

Let me ask you something….   Why is it important to address sexuality issues adolescents face today? What are important topics to …

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Apr 2015

If Fun is the Goal, Is Drinking the Objective?

“The perfect beer for removing ‘no’ from your vocabulary for the night.”   The marketing experts behind a prominent beer maker …

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Apr 2015

Public Health: Infectious Disease Specialists Working Overtime for You!

  The Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE), Research America, and American Public Health Association (APHA), along with other public health organizations are recognizing and …

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Apr 2015

National Public Health Week

It is National Public Health Week   What is Public Health?   Public health  is essential in assuring the well-being of …