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How to Talk To Your Middle Schooler About Alcohol

By the time kids become tweens, most of them have been exposed to alcohol in person or on television or social media. That’s why it’s especially important to talk to middle schoolers about underage drinking. They’re undoubtedly forming opinions about substance misuse, and they need to hear from responsible influences who care about their health […]

D.A.R.E. Program Effectiveness: Why it Failed

Just saying “no” wasn’t enough to stop kids from doing drugs and alcohol.   The Drug Assistance Rehabilitation Education, or D.A.R.E., program debuted to great fanfare in 1983. D.A.R.E. was a series of classroom lessons designed to be taught by police officers. The lessons focused on teaching children about peer pressure and the negative effects of […]

Can You Legally Drink With Your Parents?

If your high schooler is asking you to buy alcohol for a party in your home, it’s important to know there are underage drinking laws to answer your teen’s question — can you legally drink with your parents?  To keep kids safe from the risks associated with underage drinking, it may be commonplace for parents […]

My Child Has No Friends: 10 Tips for Parents

Does your teenager spend every Friday night at home alone? It can be heartbreaking to give voice to the truth — my child has no friends. Rest assured, you are not alone, and there are steps you can take to help give them the push they need to socialize with their peers.  Learn Why Friendship […]

How to Avoid Drinking Alcohol When Your Friends Drink

Having the tools you need to combat peer pressure will help you avoid the risks associated with underage drinking. From a young age, you’ve listened to lectures from your parents and teachers encouraging you to follow your own path and make smart decisions to avoid negative peer pressure. Navigating the high school hallways and continuing […]

How to Be a Parent—Not a Friend—When Your Teen Needs it Most

  There’s a fine line between parenting and being a friend to your child. While both require great communication, quality time, and a sense of caring, parenting is a much different relationship than friendship. To stay close to their children as kids become teens, many parents cross the line to friendship. Parents want to feel […]

10 Dangerous TikTok Challenges Parents Need to Know About

  Staying on top of the latest TikTok challenges can help keep your children safe as they explore social media. Here’s what’s happening and how to address dangerous teen trends with your child. Social media is ubiquitous for today’s youth. Teens spend more than 90 minutes on social media each day, and the number of […]

12 Problems Teenagers Face in 2022

Spending two years navigating a pandemic is taking a toll on our nation’s young people and amplifying the problems teenagers face. Even though teenagers are less likely to suffer severe illness from COVID-19, the safety precautions had adverse outcomes. Three out of four parents said COVID hurt their children’s social interactions, and 46% of teens […]

Resilient Kids: 5 Essential Coping Skills for Kids

Taking steps to raise strong, resilient kids is one of the first steps parents can take to give them the coping skills to weather challenges and resist peer pressure to participate in underage drinking. The outbreak of the pandemic triggered a mental health crisis in our nation’s youth. Kids were forced to abandon their normal […]

Teen Independence: How to Encourage It, Safely

As you begin loosening the reins and giving your teen independence, make sure to set boundaries and arm your child with the tools they need to make good decisions to stay safe. Fostering teen independence is a balancing act for parents who want to give their kids freedom but have safety concerns. Although your first […]