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A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens by Joani Geltman

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the power of puberty

changing body, changing brain

Here's the Problem

A dad called me for coaching. He was worried about his 16-year-old son, who seemed depressed and angry all the time. The dad was puzzled, because his son was smart, did well in school, and was an extremely talented athlete. He was on two varsity teams even though he was only a sophomore. How, he wondered, could a boy with so much success be so miserable? The dad gave me another piece of the puzzle. It seems that since his son entered puberty he's been plagued with terrible acne.

His father described this scene at one of his son's lacrosse games: His son would go onto the field ...

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