Although acne is "merely" a superficial skin disease, it's possible that it causes teenagers more misery than all other diseases combined. Developing sometimes when kids are as young as 11, and lasting into early adulthood, chronic skin problems wear on on the fragile self-esteem and mood common among adolescents.
I am writing in response to the Article "When Children Have Children"...
I am somewhat offended at the attitude that all teen parents are unfit to properly care for and raise their children. Becoming pregnant while you are still living at home, when your focus should be on school and starting your life, is not an ideal situation. But most pregnancies come unexpectedly. Some after trying for years, and some when you were being very careful not to become pregnant. None of us are ever truly prepared for it.
Talking to your children about love, intimacy, and sex is an important part of parenting. Parents can be very helpful by creating a comfortable atmosphere in which to talk to their children about these issues. However, many parents avoid or postpone the discussion.
Tweens are emerging teens, but they're still children. They'll astonish you with their ability to conceptualize and argue brilliantly, and then to do foolish things. Parenting tweens is a challenge because the pressures of the peer group magnify, kids demand more independence, and hormones flare as puberty approaches.
It's a shock when your previously sweet little girl starts tantrumming again. Twelve-year-old girls can be moody, over-dramatizing, self-centered, focused almost solely on friends, close-mouthed, surly, back-talking and condescending to parents. They can, of course, also be mature, affectionate and delightful, but at their worst...