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Abuse

What Is Abuse? Amy’s finger was so swollen that she couldn’t get her ring off. She didn’t think her finger was broken because she could still bend it. It had been a week since her dad shoved her into the wall, but her finger still hurt a lot. Amy hated the way her dad called […]

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5 Ways to Respectfully Disagree

It’s easier to agree than disagree. But we can learn a lot from conversations where we don’t see eye to eye — if we can listen and talk rationally, that is. Unfortunately, many us either shy away completely from disagreements or lose it when things don’t go our way. These 5 tips can help keep […]

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Getting Over A Breakup

If you’ve just had a break-up and are feeling down, you’re not alone. Just about everyone experiences a break-up at some point, and many then have to deal with heartbreak — a wave of grief, anger, confusion, low self-esteem, and maybe even jealousy all at once. Millions of poems and songs have been written about […]

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Protect Your Online Identity & Reputation

Ashley is a high-school junior in Illinois. She’s very careful about the information, pictures, and comments she sends and posts — even though her profile is set to private. She knows that nothing is ever really private online. “I know teens who have gotten kicked off their sports teams because of pictures and inappropriate material […]

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Apologizing

Maisie spilled soda on her friend’s borrowed dress. Aiden tweeted a photo when Tafweez tripped over his crush’s bag and landed in her lap. Tasha dropped her mom’s favorite plate — then responded by yelling at her mom because she was so upset at her mistake. We all mess up. We’re human, and it’s not […]

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Abusive Relationships

Healthy Relationships = Respect & Trust When Brian and Sarah began dating, her friends were envious. Brian was smart, sensitive, funny, athletic, and good-looking. Even her mom loved him. For the first couple of months, Sarah seemed happy. She started to miss her friends and family, though, because she was spending more time with Brian […]

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Am I In a Healthy Relationship

It Feels Like Love — But Is It? Sometimes it feels impossible to find someone who’s right for you — and who thinks you’re right for him or her! So when it happens, you’re usually so psyched that you don’t even mind when your little brother finishes all the ice cream or your English teacher chooses the […]

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Body Image & Self Esteem

Does any of this sound familiar? “I’m too tall.” “I’m too short.” “I’m too skinny.” “If only I were shorter/taller/had curly hair/straight hair/a smaller nose/longer legs, I’d be happy.” Are you putting yourself down? If so, you’re not alone. As a teen, you’re going through lots of changes in your body. And, as your body […]

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Yoga Meditation & Breathing

Yoga: Meditation and Breathing Most people think of yoga as poses and exercises that make the body more flexible and strong. But what many don’t know is that meditation and breathing are important parts of yoga. Want to manage your anger so you don’t feel you’re always on the verge of blowing up? Want to […]

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Yoga For Stress Release

Why Yoga for Stress Relief? Life can be stressful. For starters, there’s your busy schedule — waking up super early for school, studying late at night for tests, juggling sports practice, homework, and meals. It’s a lot to balance! Positive thoughts can reduce stress. Everyday issues can add emotional stress, too — counseling a friend […]

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