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My Transgender Daughter, Nicki: A Story of Suffering and Survival

My Transgender Daughter, Nicki: A Story of Suffering and Survival

Sharon has a teenage daughter who is transgender. She describes how Nicki was born in a male body but felt from a very young age that she should have been a girl. “When my child Nick was about two, I realised that he wasn’t playing with toys that I expected a boy to play with. He was interested in dolls and girly dressing-up clothes. At that age, it doesn’t really matter. You just think... 

Video: How to Introduce Your Child to Sleeping in a Bed

Video: How to Introduce Your Child to Sleeping in a Bed

In this brief video, NHS Health Visitor, Sara, discusses how to approach moving your young child from a cot (*crib) to a bed and gives some tips for success. Editor’s Note: Video Highlights There are no hard-and-fast rules for when to move your baby from a cot (*crib) to a bed – do it when it feels comfortable for your child and for you From 18 months, you might find that your child is too... 

Condoms: Knowing these Facts Could Keep Your Teen Safe

Condoms: Knowing these Facts Could Keep Your Teen Safe

There are a lot of myths about condoms, so make sure that you are aware of the facts before you have sex. MYTH: It’s safer if you use two condoms. TRUTH: No it isn’t. Using two condoms at once is a really bad idea, whether it’s two male condoms or a male and female condom. It increases the chances of them ripping. Only use one at a time. MYTH: Condoms break easily. TRUTH: No they don’t.... 

Study: ADHD Meds Given More Often to Youngest Kids in Class

Study: ADHD Meds Given More Often to Youngest Kids in Class

“Youngest children in class more likely to get ADHD medication, study says,” The Guardian reports. The results of an Australian study have caused concerns that, in some cases, immature behaviour may be misinterpreted as evidence of a behavioural disorder. In a brief report, researchers found nearly 2% of 6-15-year-olds in Western Australia received a prescription for attention deficit... 

Do You Know Your Family’s Asthma Triggers?

Do You Know Your Family’s Asthma Triggers?

Some people are much more likely than others to develop allergies, such as asthma, hay fever and eczema. Certain ‘triggers’, such as pollens, household cleaners or pets, can cause an allergic response. What can trigger asthma? Many things can make asthma worse. Keep a list of your triggers when you discover them, and discuss them with your GP or asthma nurse. Environmental triggers include: Animal... 

How to Cope with Teen Arguments, Aggression and Violence

How to Cope with Teen Arguments, Aggression and Violence

Many parents find that when their child becomes a teenager, their behaviour becomes more challenging. But how do you cope if they become aggressive or even violent towards you? If you’re experiencing aggression or violence from your teen, you’re not alone. A recent Parentline Plus survey found that 60% of calls (between October 2007 and June 2008) included verbal aggression from a teenager, and...