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Lauren Roth

Lauren Roth, MSW, LSW, is a graduate of Princeton University, a Marriage and Parenting Therapist in private practice in Lakewood, New Jersey, and an inspirational speaker across North America and on the high seas. She is the weekly "Dear Dr. Lauren" columnist for Ami Magazine. Mrs. Roth and her husband, Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth, are the parents of six children.

How to Get Your Teen to Stop Drinking

How to Get Your Teen to Stop Drinking

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If you want to influence their decisions, make sure they feel your love, caring, and respect.


Drink Up

Drink Up

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When I go to parties, my friends all pressure me to drink.


Life Is So Hard

Life Is So Hard

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I get thrown difficulty after difficulty, and I’m so overwhelmed and anxious and stressed out by it.


Can God Love Me?

Can God Love Me?

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I feel guilty for what I’ve done wrong and it’s hard for me to believe God loves me.


Bad-Mouthing

Bad-Mouthing

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All my family does is gossip! What do I do?


Back to School Nerves

Back to School Nerves

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My stomach hurts every time I think about going back to school.


Identifying with Israel

Identifying with Israel

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I’m a regular American teenager about to go to camp. How do I feel Israel’s struggle during this time of war?


Scared to Make Friends

Scared to Make Friends

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I want to feel connected to others but I’m scared to make a new friend.


A Special Soul

A Special Soul

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How my special needs sibling changed our family and our community.


Haters Bringing Up Your Past

Haters Bringing Up Your Past

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How do you get people to change their opinion of you if you’ve changed for the better?


My Dad is Glued to his Phone

My Dad is Glued to his Phone

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My father is always on his cell phone. He doesn’t even seem to notice I’m there.


Mean Girl Sleeping Over

Mean Girl Sleeping Over

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You don’t have to have a relationship with someone who doesn’t treat you well.


Grandma Coming to Stay

Grandma Coming to Stay

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Honoring someone who thinks and acts differently than you do.


A Web of Lies

A Web of Lies

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My teacher told me not to tell my friend what he said.


Feeling Jealous

Feeling Jealous

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I recently met people who are just as good at my special talent as I am!


Seeking Love & Comfort

Seeking Love & Comfort

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Help! I wanted to buy a pacifier. What is happening to me?


How Do I Stop a Harmful Habit?

How Do I Stop a Harmful Habit?

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How can someone change a habit or their thought process?


Cross-Dressing Kid?

Cross-Dressing Kid?

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What should I do about my little sister who likes to wear men’s clothing?


Q&A for Teens: Lousy Teacher

Q&A for Teens: Lousy Teacher

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I hate one of my teachers. What should I do?


Q&A for Teens: Depressed and All My Fault

Q&A for Teens: Depressed and All My Fault

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The key to your healing is: “I am a worthy creation simply because God created me.”


Q&A for Teens: Create More Good

Q&A for Teens: Create More Good

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The best way to fight meanness and evil.


Q&A for Teens: Grandpa in Decline

Q&A for Teens: Grandpa in Decline

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My grandfather used to be so strong and vigorous, but now he’s slowing down and I’m scared.


Q&A for Teens: Overwhelmed!

Q&A for Teens: Overwhelmed!

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Help! There's just too much to do in a day!


Q&A for Teens: Cliques

Q&A for Teens: Cliques

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I hate the tension and conflict that exists between these two groups in my school.


Q&A for Teens: My Disparaging Mother

Q&A for Teens: My Disparaging Mother

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My mother doesn’t accept me for who I am.


Q and A for Teens: Afraid to Enjoy the Joy

Q and A for Teens: Afraid to Enjoy the Joy

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I have a good life, but I’m afraid something bad is going to happen.


Q&A for Teens: Not Enough Money

Q&A for Teens: Not Enough Money

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We don’t have as much money as the neighbors and it’s embarrassing.


Q&A for Teens: Should I Conform?

Q&A for Teens: Should I Conform?

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All the popular kids are one way and I’m another. Should I change myself to be like them?


Q&A for Teens: Special Soul, Special Brother

Q&A for Teens: Special Soul, Special Brother

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My mother just had a baby, and we found out he has Down’s Syndrome. I keep crying and crying.


Q&A for Teens: College-Bound

Q&A for Teens: College-Bound

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I’m going to college and I don’t know anyone there. How will I find my place?


Q&A for Teens: Homesick at Camp

Q&A for Teens: Homesick at Camp

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I want to go to sleep-away camp, but I know I’ll be homesick!


Q & A for Teens: Exam Anxiety

Q & A for Teens: Exam Anxiety

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I’m so stressed and afraid I’m going to get bad grades!


Q&A for Teens: Nobody Loves Me

Q&A for Teens: Nobody Loves Me

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I don’t trust people. I think everyone hates me. Can you help me?


Q&A for Teens: People Connection

Q&A for Teens: People Connection

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With a few precious minutes, you can change a kid’s life.


Q&A for Teens: Having a Boyfriend

Q&A for Teens: Having a Boyfriend

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Is there something wrong with dating before being ready to marry?


Q&A for Teens: Our Efforts Vs. God’s Will

Q&A for Teens: Our Efforts Vs. God’s Will

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Maybe God’s plan would have been different if I had acted differently?


Q&A for Teens: Sister with Psychosis

Q&A for Teens: Sister with Psychosis

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My sister has delusional disorder. What can I do?


Q & A for Teens: Dating Jewish?

Q & A for Teens: Dating Jewish?

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I’m really attracted to a boy in my class, but he’s not Jewish.


Q and A for Teens: Assimilation & Public High School

Q and A for Teens: Assimilation & Public High...

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How can I keep myself from assimilating?


Q&A for Teens: God’s Plan Vs. My Plan

Q&A for Teens: God’s Plan Vs. My Plan

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Help! My family is moving and I don’t want to.


Q & A for Teens: Strangers Among Us

Q & A for Teens: Strangers Among Us

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Kids in my class are acting racist and I feel powerless.


Q&A for Teens: Teens & Respect

Q&A for Teens: Teens & Respect

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Practical advice for parents and teenagers to feel respected by each other.


Q & A for Teens: Mom, You Talk Too Much

Q & A for Teens: Mom, You Talk Too Much

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My teenaged son says I talk too much. How do I know if he’s right?


Q&A for Teens: Bullying Revisited

Q&A for Teens: Bullying Revisited

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A kid in my class is being mean to me. What should I do?


Q & A for Teens: Can’t Talk

Q & A for Teens: Can’t Talk

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Help! Something's really bothering me but I just can't get myself to talk!


Q&A for Teens: I Want to be ME

Q&A for Teens: I Want to be ME

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How can I always be true to who I am no matter who is around me?


Q&A for Teens: Disconnected Jew

Q&A for Teens: Disconnected Jew

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I don’t feel a spiritual connection with God or the Jewish community. How do I start feeling that I belong?


Q&A for Teens: The Only Observant Jew

Q&A for Teens: The Only Observant Jew

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I’m the only observant Jew in my community, my family, and my school, and I feel so alone.


Q&A for Teens: You Can Forgive

Q&A for Teens: You Can Forgive

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Forgiving someone means you’re not going to allow your anger against them to hurt you anymore.


Q&A for Teens: New School Nerves

Q&A for Teens: New School Nerves

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I’m starting a new school and I’m freaking out!