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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 Signs An increase in erratic and drastic mood swings for…
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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 which a state official was making an announcement regarding some…
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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 laborer, dining hall dish-washer and, finally, telemarketer. Like most young…
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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 and the guys used to have at Stuart Hayman’s house.…
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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 the 2008 study became available in late November and the…
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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 his 16-year-old son Jeff was on the phone with a…
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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 was up there looking for something else. The box full…
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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 over Europe during World War II. Like all other bomber…
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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 was. Kelly played the tambourine in the local Salvation Army…
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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 into her profession’s formula for success: Find a point of…
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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 sophomore is a “regular guy.” But tonight, Kevin’s academic and…
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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 was spreading my wings as I took full advantage of…
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