- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 16, 2003

Books

•"Beyond the Big Talk: Every Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Teens From Middle School to High School and Beyond," by Debra W. Haffner, Newmarket Press, 2002. The author gives practical advice for talking to children of middle school age and older.

•"Staying Connected to Your Teenager: How to Keep Them Talking to You and How to Hear What They're Really Saying," by Michael Riera, Perseus Publishing, 2003. Mr. Riera, psychologist and author of "The Field Guide to the American Teenager," offers more tips on communicating with teens.

• "How to Talk With Teens About Love, Relationships, & S-E-X: A Guide for Parents," Amy G. Miron and Charles D. Miron, Free Spirit Publishing, 2002. The Mirons, educators at Towson University in Maryland, say tough questions give you a chance to impart your values to teens.

•"Trust Me, Mom Everyone Else Is Going," by Roni Cohen-Sandler, Viking Press, 2002. Ms. Cohen-Sandler, a psychologist, writes about peer pressure, communication and the particular problems confronting teenage girls.

Association

•Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30333. Phone: 800/311-3435. Online: www.cdc.gov. The CDC has health information about teen drug use and sexuality, including statistics from the latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

Online

•Parenting Today's Teens Inc. (www.parentingteens.about.com) is a site that offers articles, tips, books and message boards for parents of teenagers.

•The site Parent Soup (www.parentsoup.com), a division of IVillage, has many articles and forums on raising teenagers.

•The Anti-Drug (www.theantidrug.com) is a site run by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. It has information for parents and teens about the harmful effects of drugs, how to discuss them and how to not give in to peer pressure.

•The Kaiser Family Foundation sponsors a site (www.talkingwithkids.org) that offers tips for parents and teens to communicate about tough issues.

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