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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 […]

Collegiate Leadership Program Addresses Negative Impact of COVID-19 on Historically Black College Campuses

Pilot Program Launches in Spring 2022 at Four North Carolina HBCUs RALEIGH, N.C. (February 2022) HBCU/MSI Collaborative Network proudly announces a new federal collegiate leadership work-study program to support Black Americans in college communities to overcome negative mental, emotional, and physical impacts created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pilot program, Collegiate Resilience: Healing Post-COVID-19, has […]

Legal Consequences of Providing Alcohol to Minors

Just as teens feel peer pressure to drink underage, parents often feel pressured to facilitate underage drinking or provide alcohol to their kids. Parents and other adults come up with countless reasons for what’s ultimately a dangerous and consequential decision. Some argue, “At least if kids drink at my house, I can oversee it and […]

Alcohol Content: What Your Teen Should Know

Teaching your children about alcohol content and how it can affect them will help your teenager make safe decisions regarding alcohol consumption throughout their life. In the United States, one standard drink has 14 grams of pure alcohol, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported. Yet, the amount of liquid in a glass […]

Troubled Teens: 5 Signs Parents Should Never Ignore

Growing up is challenging, and today’s teenagers are facing problems that are unique to the present time. Understanding the signs your child might be suffering from some common teenage problems is the first step to helping troubled teens face adversity. Even the most patient of parents will find their patience tested when navigating the mood […]

9 Responsibilities for Children & Teens (And Why it Matters)

Raising responsible children is a top priority for parents. We all want our kids to grow up to be responsible and independent adults. One way to achieve this goal is to give your kids chores or other responsibilities. It may seem a little old-fashioned, especially in our high-tech society, but chores teach kids life skills, […]

Social Media Safety & Peer Pressure: A Parent’s Guide

Opening a social media account is a big milestone for many teens. If you are wondering how to keep your kid safe online, here’s what you need to know about online peer pressure and social media safety to protect your budding influencer. Social media gives teens a place to find people with similar interests and […]

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College Binge Drinking: Dangers, Prevention, How to Find Help

Underage drinking on college campuses is described as a “significant public health problem” by experts at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), particularly for students who participate in binge drinking. Binge drinking, as defined by NIAAA, is a pattern of drinking alcohol that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 percent or […]