Feb
22
2010

Dear Dr. Wolf,

My 13-year-old has been pestering me for permission to get her belly button pierced for the past year. My answer has always been no, she is too young.

Last night she revealed that she had gone ahead and done it without my permission. I had said no, and she went and did it anyway. There were good reasons why I said no.

Now it’s a trust issue. She has to trust me, and I have to be able to trust her. (And if I had known she would do it anyway, I would have helped her research to make sure she was getting it done in a safe place.)

If she feels she can get away with this one, what next? I am stumped. This is a first-time thing for me.

Distressed Mum

Dear Distressed Mum,

First, let me address the two big issues: trust and control.

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Feb
18
2010

Today, Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock and Jim Lynch, the Director of Montana Department of Transportation, launche

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Feb
17
2010

Yesterday, we made our way to Florida to talk with Boys and Girls Clubbers in Miami.

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Feb
12
2010

National rates of obesity have tripled in the past three decades to the point where one in three kids in the country are overweight.

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Feb
08
2010

It’s very real and very intense. Don’t make the mistake of downplaying the object of your child’s affection

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, a time when young hearts turn to love.

Thirteen-year-old Jeannine couldn’t wait to tell her friend the big news.

“Omigod, Cameron looked at me in science class. Should I put the mystery Valentine on his desk like we talked about?”

“I don’t know, Jeannine. Are you sure he looked at you, and it wasn’t Tessa he was looking at?”

“I don’t know. I don’t know. What should I do?”

Ryan’s mom was talking to her friend about her 17-year-old son.

“He showed me this necklace he bought for Elena that he’s going to give to her for Valentine’s Day, and it was like $400. I mean, that’s a couple months worth of what he earns working at his part-time job. I think he’s way too serious about her.”

“Well, they have been going out for almost a year.”

“Thirteen months, seventeen days, actually. That’s what he said this morning.”

Teenage love is very real. Not just sex, but love. It could be the seemingly mindless crush of a 13-year-old girl on a boy in her science class, or the far more mature love relationship of a high school senior for his long-time girlfriend.

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