In Teen Dating Violence
I discuss how to help teens learn about
healthy relationships and how to leave those
that are not.
In Tips to Support Our Troops
I offer suggestions to lend support to the
men and women who are in the service whether
or not you are in favor of military
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Teen Dating Violence
Teenagers will experiment with different
types of relationships. As parents of a
teen, or as a teen yourself, it is important
to know both myths and facts about
dating violence. With guidance and support,
teens can learn to choose healthy relationships,
and leave unhealthy ones.
In dating violence, one partner tries to
maintain power and control over the other
through abuse. Dating violence crosses all
racial, economic and social lines. Boys, as
well as girls, can be victims, although most
victims are young
women, who are at greater risk for
Dating violence is common and comes in
sexual violence, it includes verbal and
physical abuse. Threats, put-downs, and
being pushed around are common examples.
show that one in three teenagers has
experienced violence in a dating
Teen dating violence often is hidden
many teenagers don't tell their parents or
friends about it. Typically, teens are
inexperienced with dating relationships and
may be pressured by peers to act violently or
react submissively. In
addition, they may confuse jealousy with
love, and that violence is a demonstration of
affection. They also hope that things will get
better and that their behavior will help to their
It is important that teenagers understand
that they can choose better
One positive step is to learn to identify the
early warning signs of an abusive
relationship, and believe that they deserve
to be treated with respect. Signs of an
abusive relationship include: refusing to
take NO for an answer; acting jealous and
possessive, controlling the partner's friends
and activities; using threats or put-downs
when alone or with friends; blaming the
victim for what is wrong, or apologizing and
giving excuses for violent behavior.
Teenagers struggle with independence from
their parents. Parents have the
responsibility to talk about healthy dating
relationships and possible problems. If the
teen is not comfortable talking to the
parent, find another trusted person for your
child to talk to. Focus on your child's
self-esteem. Develop a safety plan and be
ready to help.
As a teen, you need to remember that no one
deserves to be abused or threatened. You
cannot change this person, and in time the
violence will get worse. You need to take
care of yourself.
For parents and teens, ask for teen dating
violence prevention and intervention programs
at schools or through other community
groups. We owe it to our teens speak out,
become involved and help them become their
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Laugh Out Loud
We Can All Use A Good Laugh
There are physical and psychological benefits
to laughing out loud. You take big breaths
when you laugh out loud. Laughing helps rid
the body of toxins. Laughing helps clear your
mind. So find something to laugh about every
day. Take a break from work and play with
your child or your dog. Look at funny
pictures; tell a joke; share with friends and
Find something funny in the world and
have a good laugh.
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Tips For Supporting Our Troops
Regardless of our political views, our
military service members and their families
deserve our respect, support and
encouragement. Stickers and magnets that say
"Support Our Troops" are pleasant sentiments,
but we see them so often that it is easy to
tune them out. In taking a closer look at
these three words that have become so
familiar, consider what it mean to truly
support our troops.
Here are some tips to help you find
meaningful ways to contribute support:
- Send Care Packages
- Books and snacks and toiletries help
mitigate some of the harshness of the desert
- Donate to Organizations - Support
organizations that provide help for veterans
who are struggling to put their lives
together after the war, such as the National
Coalition for Homeless Veterans.
- Volunteer - Identify organizations
whose mission is meaningful to you and find
ways to pitch in. Letter writing, emailing
troops through email-matching programs, or
supporting families not on military bases are
all ways to reach out.
- Provide Cell Phones for Soldiers -
Donate your cell phone. Not only will you
help recycle cell phones, but you will also
give them to people who more than deserve
Finally, when you travel and see a member of
the armed forces at an airport, train or bus
station, smile and thank them for their service.
"We know that too much, in the end, is too
little and that enough is always
DALE V. ATKINS Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist,
lecturer and commentator in the media who
on the Today show.
She has more than twenty-
years of experience and focuses on living a
life, parenting, aging well, managing stress,
work transitions, family connections and healthy
Dr. Atkins is the author
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