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Articles by Dr. Walt Larimore
- Your Child Needs a Well-Child Checkup
- You Are the Key to Your Teen’s Well-Being
- Why Energy Drinks Are Bad for Your Teeth
- Why Bottled Water is Bad for Your Teeth
- Why Baby Media Does Not Advance Learning
- Whooping Cough Epidemic
- What Is the Genetic Link With ADHD?
- What Is My ADHD Child Feeling?
- What about Adopted Children?
- Weight Loss That Works…and Keeps Working
- The Ten Commitments of Great Parents
- The Teen Years--Ready, Set, Go
- The Parental Team--It Takes Two
- The One Thing Your Kids Need to Avoid for A Good Night’s Sleep
- The Different Layers of Health Care
- The Death-Defying Power of Healthy Marriage
- The Crucial Importance of R.E.S.T.
- The Attributes of Great Parents
- The ADHD Child
- The ABCD's of Parenting Teens
- The 12 Ways of Hands-On Parents
- Television and Childhood Obesity
- Superfoods for Women
- Summer – Fun, Food, Fellowship, and Fat?
- Study shows no link between increased cell phone use and brain cancer incidence
- Small Changes Bring Big Results
- Showing Gratitude for Partner's Generosity
- Quality Time or Quantity Time?
- Postpartum Depression
- Poll Shows Sex within Marriage is More Fulfilling
- Obesity: Television, Video Games and Your Children’s Health
- Obesity: Soft Drinks Effect Health
- Obesity: It’s a Killer Epidemic
- Obesity: Children and Fast Food
- Loud Music and Teenage Hearing Loss
- Learn as much about ADHD as you can
- Is Chocolate the Next Super Food?
- Is ADHD Different in Boys and Girls?
- Is ADHD Associated With Risk-Taking Behaviors?
- How to Change These Four Bad Habits
- How to be Happier and More Satisfied
- How Common Is ADHD?
- Hepatitis C and Tattoos
- Healthy Holidays
- Hands-on Parenting: How it Works
- Good Relationship with Dad Can Help Fight Stress
- Fast food and your family
- Explore Treatment Options
- Dr. Larimore’s 11 Tips for Weight Loss Success
- Disciplining Older Kids
Dr. Walt LarimoreWalt Larimore, M.D. has been called “one of America’s best known family physicians.” He is a nationally-known and nationally sought after speaker and health expert. read bio
The Teen Years--Ready, Set, Go
If there’s one word that describes the emotions of most parents with children entering the teen years, it’s fear. Why do parents experience fear? Could it be that before their teen years, our children’s lives, health care, schedules, playmates, and values are pretty much under our control? Then, as they pass into the teen years, we realize that, like it or not, their reliance on our direction begins to wane. But fear not. I have great news for you. During the teen years, though you may have ever-diminishing control over your teen’s life, you will continue to have powerful influence.
The years between twelve and eighteen are perhaps the most crucial season of raising children. They are years when parents have tremendous influence to adjust and shore up the foundation they’ve constructed in the early years, as the concrete begins to harden. The teen years are the last opportunity to make sure the foundation is the way it should be. If you’re afraid it’s too late and your teen is beyond your influence, think again!
What makes for highly healthy teens? My experience tells me that highly healthy teens come from parents who know and exercise powerful influence by equipping them to become highly healthy adults. My experience tells me that highly healthy teens come from parents who know and exercise their powerful influence by equipping them to become highly healthy adults. Here are just a few issues you as a parent of a teen are likely to wrestle with in the next few years. As you review the list, begin to consider the huge influence you still have in each of these areas:
*How do I assess my teen’s health?
*How do I begin and maintain conversations about puberty and adolescence?
*What is normal teen development?
*What if my teen is an early bloomer or a late bloomer?
*How do I find the best doctor for my teen?
*How much rest does my teen need?
*Why are teens so fixed on clothes and appearance?
*What’s the story behind tattooing, piercing, branding, and self-mutilation?
*Why are teens’ nutrition habits so terrible?
*How do I handle weight issues with my teen?
*How do I build my teen’s self-image?
*How do I teach responsibility to my teen?
*Is teen suicide prevention important if my kid is normal?
*How do I prevent tobacco, alcohol, and drug abuse?
*How dangerous are TV, the Internet, and movies?
*What is the best way to discipline teens?
*How do I nurture safe drivers?
*What if I’m single or our family is blended?
*What do I need to know about teen dating and teen sex?
*What’s the latest information on sexually transmitted infections?
*How can I help my teen postpone sexual activity?
*What’s the deal on masturbation?
*Can homosexuality be avoided and prevented?
*How does a spiritual foundation affect a teen’s health?
Remember that it takes more than knowledge, principles, and skill to accomplish the lofty goal of nurturing highly healthy teens in a highly healthy family. Nurturing healthy teens requires action. This isn’t the time to sit in the grandstands with your arms crossed, watching life unfold for your teens. You need to be standing on the sidelines, much like a football coach, cheering them on every chance you get and sending in the plays that will move your teens down the field toward adulthood.
Taken with permission from the book, God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen by Walt Larimore, M.D. with Mike Yorkey, (Zondervan).
Medical information within this site is not intended for use in the diagnosis or treatment of any health condition. Please consult a licensed health care professional for the treatment or diagnosis of any medical condition.
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