‘No nudity, bullying, alcohol, drugs…’

Karee Santos | 02 September 2015
And my daughter is only entering high school.

25 is the new 18

Tamara El-Rahi | 27 September 2013
Adolescence is now extending well into our twenties.

Time with dad good for self-esteem

Carolyn Moynihan | 04 October 2012
The more time kids spent alone with their fathers, the higher their self-esteem, a study has found.

Changing the way teens think

William West | 03 February 2012
Teenagers are at odds with the real world because they spend too much time being schooled in abstract knowledge and very little time getting involved in the everyday realities, says an American psychologist.

More US teenagers are delaying sex

Carolyn Moynihan | 03 November 2011
It's official -- figures from the US Centres for Disease Control last month confirm a 20-year drop.

Should teens be taught how to break up nicely?

Mariette Ulrich | 12 August 2011
I’m inclined to think they should first be taught basic table manners, and how to say “Please” and “Thank You” with consistency, but that would make me seem hopelessly old-fashioned.

Teens keep religious identity through high school

Carolyn Moynihan | 05 July 2011
Teenagers retain their religious identity even while they drop out of religious activities, a study of high-school students in Los Angeles has found.

Divorce linked with early sex

Carolyn Moynihan | 22 June 2011
Despite all the experts who scoff at teaching adolescents to “wait” for sex, many do. Now a study (based on data from the same survey) shows how important that is in later life.

Teenage brains and peer pressure

Carolyn Moynihan | 07 February 2011
“Why do otherwise good kids seem to make bad decisions when they are with their friends?” This opening question of a piece on the New York Times Well blog might have you thinking: How often would really good kids find themselves in that situation?

Do video games cause depression in teens?

Carolyn Moynihan | 21 January 2011
The debate about the effects of video gaming on young minds continues, fed by new studies that find links with depression.

Most teens are not sexually active

Carolyn Moynihan | 06 October 2010
I was inclined not to read a press release about new research on the sexual behaviour of Americans until my eye fell on the word “adolescents” and then “abstaining”, so I skipped to that part.

The night life of the sleepy teenager

Carolyn Moynihan | 28 July 2010
What is to be done about the teenagers? They are squandering sleeping time on electronic gadgets to the point where family life, studies and even health are compromised. And many parents either don’t see the problem or feel powerless to intervene.

Youth and same-sex attraction: a new resource for schools

Carolyn Moynihan | 09 April 2010
A group of American paediatricians concerned about policies that encourage teenagers to think positively about same-sex attraction has set up a website providing factual information and sent a letter to the superintendents of all public schools in the United States.

Parenting pathways

Carolyn Moynihan | 02 September 2009
If your parents were negative and harsh with you growing up, that’s the way you will be with your kids. And if they were positive and affectionate, well, lucky for your kids. That’s the assumption behind a popular theory of parenting, but researchers who have done long-term studies say it’s wrong.

Family Edge looks at news and trends affecting the family in the light of human dignity. Our focus is the inspiring, creative, humorous, annoying, ridiculous, and dangerous ideas in the evening news. Send tips and brainwaves to the editor, Tamara Rajakariar, at tamara.rajakariar@

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