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The Quick Guide to Deciding if You're Ready to Have Sex »

Healthy Sexual Choices
Part 1 of 3

This article is not about sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy risk, although, as realities of sexual activity, they will come up here and there. The topic we’ll consider here concerns the decision of whether or not to have sex, what goes into such a decision and the barriers to healthy sexual decision-making. 

Top Reasons Why Young People Have Sex (or Don't) »

Healthy Sexual Choices
Part 2 of 3

In Part 1, we looked at the components of sexual readiness. Here, we’ll explore common reasons why young people choose to have sex and reasons they choose not to, and consider how each fits into healthy sexual decision-making.

Sexual Coercion: When 'Yes' Means 'No' »

Healthy Sexual Choices
Part 3 of 3

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, we looked at the many components of sexual readiness, reasons why young people choose to and not to engage in sex and how those reasons fit into healthy decision-making. In Part 3 below, you’ll find information about sexual coercion – how to identify it and some ways of responding to it.

How to Change Your Attitude Toward Gender Roles »

Self-Concept and Decision-Making
Part 1 of 2

Our ideas about how men and women are supposed to act, their strengths and weaknesses and the types of choices they should make can greatly impact our self-concept, or how we see ourselves. Self-concept is a key factor in the choices we make, since it determines what we see as right, and even as possible, for ourselves. 

How Gender Roles Can Limit Your Success  »

Making Decisions from the Heart
Part 2 of 2

Too often, many potential choices of the heart are overridden, both individually and by society as a whole, by preconceptions about the roles, careers and other activities that are best-suited for one gender or the other.  Fortunately, some of this thinking is changing. As our contribution to this better way of thinking, we make the case that the heart should rule when young men and young women are forging their own, unique paths in life.

8 Common Causes of Low Self-Esteem »

Taking Charge of Your Own Worth
Part 1 of 2

Self-esteem is simply how you feel about yourself and how you judge your worth. This evaluation has a profound impact on the choices you make since it determines, to a great extent, what you consider yourself capable and worthy of doing. 

8 Easy Ways to Boost Your Self-Esteem »

Taking Charge of Your Own Worth
Part 2 of 2

You are much more than the situations in your life and the judgments of those around you. A big part of what defines you is how you react, adapt and respond to such circumstances. There are things you can do, here and now, to change how you feel about yourself. 

What it Means to Be a Good Listener  »

Listen Up!
Part 1 of 2

When you’re told, “Listen!” by someone, most often you think, “I need to hear this.” Listen to your teacher’s instructions; listen to your parents’ rules; listen to the information your friend is sharing. But listening is so much more than hearing. It’s what happens when we not only open our ears, but also open our minds – and sometimes our hearts – to another person. 

5 Fool-Proof Ways to Become a Better Listener »

Listen Up!
Part 2 of 2

In Part 1, we discussed why listening well is so important; now, it’s time to learn how to do it. First, we’ll take a look at what not to do; this will help you avoid common mistakes that get in the way of opening our minds and hearts to others. Then, we’ll focus on ways to beef up your listening skills in our Active Listening Action Plan.

What is Body Image? »

Changing the Way You See Yourself
Part 1 of 2

It’s never been easy for me to buy clothing that fits, particularly pants. Topping off at a very short 5’1”, with an overall small frame but not without a few robust areas, there seemed to be no pants in the world that fit my waist, thighs AND leg length. In my mid-twenties, when I was finally sick of jeans that either fell down or strangled my thighs, I decided to do some research: What cut of jeans would fit me right?

Good habits formed at youth make all of the difference in life. Aristotle