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Teen Substance Abuse: The Warning Signs

1998, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding Watch for these signs and symptoms that may indicate teen alcohol and drug abuse. A combination of several signs warrants your immediate attention. Behavioral...
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What You Need to Know About TV Violence

– by Walt Mueller 1998, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding A few years ago, television viewers in parts of Pennsylvania were watching the live broadcast of a press conference at...
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Making Change while Making Change

 – Sam Van Eman ©2008, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding I’ve held several minimum-wage or near minimum-wage jobs, starting with McDonalds at age 16 and then moving on to roofing...
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Guess Who’s Coming to Breakfast

– by Walt Mueller ©2004, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding *This article originally appeared in Living With Teenagers magazine Some of my greatest fifth grade memories involve those Friday night sleepovers me...
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Youth Ethics

 – By Chris Wagner ©2008, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding Every two years the Josephson Institute releases a study titled “Report Card on the Ethics of American Youth.” Data from...
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Help! I Think My Teen Is Using Drugs

– by Walt Mueller ©1998, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding All Ray wanted to do was use the phone. He picked up the receiver and got ready to dial but...
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What You See is What I Am

-by Walt Mueller 2001, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding There’s a box full of gorgeous women up in my attic. I stumbled upon it a few weeks ago while I...
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When the Flak Flies

– by Walt Mueller 2002, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding Some would argue that James J. Farrell was out of his mind. He piloted a B-26 bomber on numerous missions...
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What’s so Bad About Bullies?

– by Walt Mueller 1999, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding Kelly Yeoman’s dad described his bubbly 13-year-old daughter as a charming little angel who would do anything for anybody. She...
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Bulls Eye Babies and Targeted Teens

– By Walt Mueller 1998, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding During an appearance on a television talk show, I shared the stage with an advertising executive who offered eye-opening insight...
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Crying Through Their Cuts

By Walt Mueller ©1998, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding Kevin sits alone in his dark dorm room on a Tuesday night. To his professors and friends, this 20 year-old college...
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Kids & Sex: New Rules!

– By Walt Mueller ©2003, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding My adolescent grunts and ambiguous answers used to frustrate my parents like crazy. It was the early ’70s and I...
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Marketing Madness

– by Paul Robertson 2001, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding When I was 10, I wanted a pair of black leather train engineer boots more than anything in the world....
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Abercrombie & Fitch… Selling More than Clothes

– by Walt Mueller 2000, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding It seems like I couldn’t turn on the radio last August without hearing the hit “Summer Girls” by the band...
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Snake Eyes: A Look at Teen Gambling

– by Doug West  © 2003, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding Today’s teenager lives in a world sandwiched between childhood and adulthood. Bombarding teens on all sides are adult “forbidden...
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