Well, I wish it wasn’t true but the summer is winding down and soon our kids will be heading back to school. This is a difficult time because we have to bring structure back into our kids’ lives. For some great tips on preparing your kids, click here.
With all the talk surrounding the opioid “epidemic”, parents may overlook another potential opportunity their teen may have to abuse a controlled substance. It revolves around ADD and ADHD medications – Ritalin and Adderall. Some teens call it the “study drug” while others use it lose weight or just for extra boost of energy. Either […]
Summertime is fun time, right? No school, nice weather, free time to hang out with your friends, no curfew. The list goes on and on, but summertime can be a dangerous time for some teens. Click here to read an excellent article that not only spells out the dangers but provides good sound advice to […]
I know I must sound like a broken record, but I can’t stress enough the importance of sharing a meal as a family. I know it is not always that easy but you have to try. It will pay off in dividends. Communication is the key to healthy and close relationships and the time spent […]
Summer is a Risky Time for Youth Substance Use More teens start drinking and smoking cigarettes and marijuana in June and July than in any other month, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration said in a report entitled, “Monthly Variation in Substance Use Initiation among Adolescents.” The report is based on SAMHSA’s […]
This long weekend is a time for celebrations, backyard barbecues, beach parties, fireworks and of course underage drinking. Did you know that the a 2014 study by SAMHSA showed the number of underage drinking-related visits to the emergency room was 87 percent higher during the Fourth of July weekend than any other day in July. So […]
Socialization is an entirely different animal these days. When we were younger we would spend most of our waking hours hanging out together shooting the breeze – face to face – or in the case of my sister on her Princess phone for hours with her girlfriends. Bottom line – we were engaged in personal […]
When someone mentions addiction, the first thing that usually pops into your head is drugs, alcohol or tobacco. With the increase use and availability of technology, young people are becoming addicted to the internet. Does your teen have symptoms of such an addiction. To find out, Click here to read an interesting article on the […]
In a month or so your son or daughter may be going off to college for the first time. This is a big step, a life changer for some. It is exciting and scary at the same time. Be prepared to have a good talk with them about what they can expect. It is extremely […]
Barbecues, the beach, family gatherings. These are what most people associate Memorial Day with, but they are a little off base. Click here to read about the real meaning of Memorial Day!