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In the past, kids couldn’t wait to get their driver’s licenses. Now? Not so much. Jenn Huls

Why today’s teens aren’t in any hurry to grow up

Should parents be worried that many teens are putting off traditional rites of passage like working, driving and dating?
Cannabis is the most widely available and most used illegal substance in the world, and Canadian youth are among the top users. Parents and their kids need to prepare for the day it becomes legal in Canada in 2018. (Shutterstock)

Legal weed: What your kids really need to know

Parents can help protect their kids from cannabis abuse by openly discussing the health risks, the pleasures and the responsible ways to use the drug.
Their hormones mean they still need zzz’s even when they’re already supposed to be in homeroom. Antonio Guillem/Shutterstock.com

Sleepy teenage brains need school to start later in the morning

Teenagers aren't just lazy. Their sleep hormones aren't calibrated to let them get up and go until later in the morning – which has academic and health consequences when school starts too early.
Teens most at risk of self-harm are those who are same-sex attracted or bisexual, or those with depression, anxiety or general feelings of unhappiness. Shutterstock

Australian teens doing well, but some still at high risk of suicide and self-harm

A snapshot of Australian teens shows most doing well, but as a group they are still plagued by suicide risk, self-harm and mental health problems.
Vinyl records and cassette tapes, the parties that went with them, and other hedonistic pleasures from our youth can form a big part of our identity years later. from www.shutterstock.com

Why we remember our youth as one big hedonistic party

Memories of our carefree youth help form our identity today. But memories are selective. So, were we really as wild as we think we were?
Setting a low age floor for legal access to cannabis could improve drug-use prevention, education, health and safety for youth, research suggests. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

Marijuana age limit should be low - not high

Allowing young people to legally access marijuana will improve cannabis education and use-prevention, and hinder illegal activity.

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