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Posted by Dr. Claire McCarthy September 10, 2013 09:58 AM
Most parents feel more or less comfortable when it comes to figuring out what to say and do about the health of their children when they are young. But once they get to be teens, it can be a whole other story. It gets harder then.
It gets harder because the health of adolescents involves things like puberty, sexuality, peer pressure, alcohol, tobacco, other drugs...these are not easy conversations to have with kids. It's not easy always to know what to say, and our kids aren't always comfortable talking with us either.
That's another reason it gets harder: as they get older, our kids don't always tell us everything. When they are little, we hear about every ache or worry (well, not all, but most). When they are older, they talk to their friends more than us--or they don't talk at all.
And when kids are teens, they tend not to go to the doctor as much--and when they do, it can be a bit awkward to get advice. Teens often don't like their parents to talk about them, and frequently doctors meet alone with teens (which is good and important).
So come ask your questions! I'm here to help, and will have lots of useful links to share! Follow the chat at #bewellchat at 1pm on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013.
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About MD MamaClaire McCarthy, M.D., is a pediatrician and Medical Communications Editor at Boston Children's Hospital . An assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and a senior editor for Harvard More »
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