Is Your Teen Doping?

Let’s be real, Mom and Dad…

High school is an “angsty” time for your teenager. They’ve got social problems, they’re trying to be cool, they’re defensive and resistant… Problems seem to be stacking up.

A lot of teens feel like they have to look a certain way. Teenage guys, in particular, teen athletes may feel like they need to be bigger, stronger, and faster. Some teens may find themselves taking vitamin supplements, proteins, or weight gain powders to go along with their workouts. Unfortunately, some teens may take things a step further, finding performance-enhancing drugs, or steroids to be the “answer”.

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What Parents Need to Know about Marijuana

Marijuana is the #1 drug used in this country, even among teens. And although there’s a wave of synthetic drugs going around, most teens are still using and experimenting with the traditional form of marijuana. Although many ballot measures may lead you to believe it’s harmless, or “natural” if you will, studies show its detrimental effects on adults and teens alike. This highly addictive drug can have some major consequences.

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Could Your Teen Be Dealing Drugs?

It can be somewhat easy to find out whether or not your teen is using drugs, all you need to do is pay attention to their behavior and significant changes. It can be much more difficult to determine whether or not your child is dealing drugs. If they aren’t using drugs as well, you might not know what to look for in their behavior or when looking through their room. Keep reading for some of the top signs that your teenager is dealing. Continue reading “Could Your Teen Be Dealing Drugs?” »

Teaching Your Kids to Handle Peer Pressure

Peer pressure is an unfortunate daily reality for most children and teens. Your children are getting ready for the new school year where they will face continuous pressure from their classmates and friends. School year peer pressure is much different from summer pressure. As you help your children prepare for a new school environment, be aware of what they are facing.

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The Scary World of Teen Sexual Habits

Teenagers’ sexual habits are not every parent’s favorite topic. However, if parents are being honest, they do have some desire to keep up with what’s going on with their kids. While you may have discussed the birds and the bees years ago, it can still be uncomfortable to talk about with your teen. Although statistics are just numbers, they can help settle some parental fears. No statistic exactly represents your kid, but they may open the door to an honest conversation with your teen about sex. Continue reading “The Scary World of Teen Sexual Habits” »

Is Your Teen Ready to be at Home Alone?

At some point, all parents wonder whether or not their teen is prepared to be left at home alone.

Some adults might think that good grades are an indicator that their child is ready to be more independent but there are many other factors to consider. That’s because being home alone can sometimes be a dangerous first step toward engaging in riskier behaviors.

If you’re trying to decide whether your teen is ready to stay at home unsupervised, make sure you consider all the factors.

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Using Social Media to Tell if Your Teen is Using Drugs

While social media websites encourage interaction for the users, it’s easy for parents to feel more disconnected from their teens than ever. Social media sites like Facebook are just one of the many concerns that should be on a parent’s mind. Cyberbullying, sharing inappropriate photos or videos, and even buying drugs online, are just some of the ways that teens can easily get into dangerous situations while using social media. Continue reading “Using Social Media to Tell if Your Teen is Using Drugs” »

Scientists Find Connection Between Drugs & Concussions

Concussions are often called a “silent epidemic,” affecting thousands of teens every year. More than 173,000 children and young adults are seen by doctors every year due to brain injuries, including concussions. A study from 2013 claimed that teens who smoke pot and drink alcohol, even rarely, have more of a risk of getting a concussion than their peers who don’t participate in these illicit activities. Test Smartly Labs digs into this study to hear what the experts have to say.  Continue reading “Scientists Find Connection Between Drugs & Concussions” »

What Do I Do if My Teen Gets an STD?

Test Smartly Labs is driven to educate parents on all issues that may affect with their teens’ health. We don’t just deal with drug and alcohol testing; we also provide safe and confidential STD testing. The best way to protect your children is to be fully informed on how you can help them prevent STDs, or how to best help them if they already have one.  Continue reading “What Do I Do if My Teen Gets an STD?” »

Do You Know What Your Kid is Vaping?

Nearly one-third of seventeen to eighteen-year-olds reported that they used a vape in 2017. While this trend may seem like the height of popularity for some teens, the potential dangers of using a vape aren’t quite worth the risk. Continue reading “Do You Know What Your Kid is Vaping?” »