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Questions, Answers and Resources for Teens
Use this resource for questions regarding your health, your relationships, your body and your sexuality.
While this site is informative, it is not a substitute for talking to your doctor, parents or other trusted adult.
Posted By iamincontrol | December 3, 2013
- Spending time with family (20%)
- Hanging out with friends (60%)
- Working extra hours (0%)
- Playing sports (0%)
- Relaxing and nothing else (20%)
We think a mix of all those things would be a great way to spend your holiday break. Plus, we have some more ideas to share with you that you might not have thought of.
- Learn a new hobby – Winter break is a great time to learn something new. You probably have a big chunk of free time, which is rare for teens. Learn something new like knitting (chunky scarves are definitely in right now), photography, or a sport you don’t normally play.
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Posted By iamincontrol | November 28, 2013
In most middle schools or high schools there is a short unit in health class about STIs (or STDs), but why pay any more attention than just to get notes for an upcoming test or quiz? STIs only happen to other people, right?
Every year, 20 million new STIs occur and ½ of all of those are among youth—people just like you. No one is immune to STIs (unless you are remaining abstinent), and you may not always know if you have contracted an STI. Many STIs have no signs or symptoms at all, so people may not even know that they are spreading them.
As an 18 year old going-to-be college freshman I was bombarded with everything that I should have listened to in my high school health class. I had been with my boyfriend for a little over year when I found out I had contracted an STI. He was the only person I had been with so I thought that I was safe, but unfortunately I was not the only person he had been with. Although this was a very discouraging and upsetting time in my life, I took the opportunity as a learning experience and now have worked hard to educate those around me about having a healthy sexual lifestyle.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has multiple resources for learning about STIs, prevention, and testing options. You can also check out IAMincontrol’s post, STIs – Am I Really at Risk? to learn more about what you can do to prevent STIs. Take control of your health and protect yourself from something that can easily be prevented.
Posted By iamincontrol | November 21, 2013
I would like to think that up till 7th grade that I led a “normal” life. I had a mother, father, and brother, and we made our way of life work. We didn’t always get along or see eye to eye, but we were a family. Experiencing the death of my father has forever changed me as a person. If you have experienced the loss of a parent, pet, sibling, best friend, acquaintance, grandparent, or anyone/anything that meant something to you, it’s easy for you to understand that getting “over it” is impossible.
I remember the day to the very last detail. It was a beautiful summer day and my mother, brother, and I had just finished supper. The phone started to ring, so I ran to answer it. The person on the other line asked for Amy (my mom). I was a snoopy little kid, so I stayed on the line. Then I heard the words, “Steve has just been in an accident and was transported by helicopter, and we’re unable to disclose his condition right now.” My heart felt like it had moved all the way down to my stomach and been torn to shreds. The drive to Waterloo felt like it took an eternity, and nothing was said the whole way down.
When we got to the hospital, I realized just how bad my father’s condition was. It was then that I started to let the reality of letting my father go sink in.
Posted By iamincontrol | November 19, 2013
Going through high school can be stressful for any kid, and everybody has their different ways to cope with stress. In my experience I was constantly stressed out with grades and also with the high school sports that I participated in. I tried many remedies to cope with this stress, but the one that really put an end to my stress was through exercise.
I found that if I was stressed in a situation at home, the best way to cope was for me to go outside and shoot hoops. Shooting hoops, for me, allowed me to get away from everyone and not think about what was stressing me out. Instead, I would focus on a skill that involved exercise and try to perfect it. The exercise calmed me down, and focusing on perfecting my skill allowed me to reduce stress in other areas in my life. Playing basketball because I was stressed let me be confident in my ability on the court. After all, the shooting and trying to get better made it more fun to compete.
Posted By iamincontrol | November 7, 2013
So you may have heard of this site, www.abovetheinfluence.com, but have you actually used it?
Here’s a preview of why we love it…
It’s not just about an adult telling you what to do (or not do). Above the Influence is about other teens sharing their experiences with you and sharing why they choose to remain substance free. Check out their YouTube channel to watch stories from other teens, like this one: