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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 […]

Adolescent Substance Abuse: Symptoms, Signs, and Trends

Parents of tweens need to start early and be aware of the signs of adolescent substance abuse to help them make responsible choices as they age. Raising tweens and teens is fraught with challenges. Gone are the days when you could fix a problem by offering a snack or kissing a bruise. Young adults face […]

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Alcohol Facts for Kids: The Truth About Teenage Drinking

Start the conversation about the perils of underage drinking with your kids by giving them all the facts and up-to-date research. You need to start teaching your children about the dangers of teenage drinking when they are young, which is probably before you are ready. Underage drinking starts earlier than most parents consider, with sometimes […]

Talk It Out NC Recognizes September as National Recovery Month

RALEIGH, N.C. – (September 2, 2020) Alcoholism is a crippling disease that can ruin — and take — lives. That’s why during September’s National Recovery Month, Talk It Out NC, a state-sponsored initiative to reduce underage drinking and raise awareness of the epidemic, encourages families to discuss alcohol use before the temptation to drink turns […]

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Is My Teen Experimenting With Alcohol?

For many teens, as they get closer to adulthood, they’re in a hurry to experience grown-up things, like alcohol. For parents, as your teen pushes boundaries, it’s common for you to be concerned about underage drinking. Experimenting with alcohol should not be considered a rite of passage or just something that teens are going to […]

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How to Address Risky Behavior From Your Teen

As a parent, you want to protect your child from everything. In the teenage years, the scrapes and bruises from horseplay at the playground make way for other dangers like underage drinking and drug misuse. Parents protect teenagers by helping them avoid making bad decisions — and by teaching them that risky behavior has consequences. […]

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Underage Drinking at Parties: Consequences for Teens

As your teen starts attending parties with their peers, starting the conversation to prevent them from succumbing to the peer pressure to drink alcohol should be a top priority for parents. Alcohol is the most widely abused substance by youth, and every year, underage drinking results in the death of 3,500 children under the age […]