We’re happy to welcome back guest blogger Tracey Jackson. She is an author, screenwriter, filmmaker and mother of two. Tracey has just completed her first book, Between a Rock and a Hot Place, a funny, fearless, no-holds-barred look at turning fifty. This month tens of thousands of parents will schlep cars full of X-long sheets, […]
What kind of training has the staff had regarding adolescent addiction?
When my son was in a sober high school, the principal was a kind and knowledgeable educator, but he did not have a background in adolescent addiction and was easily manipulated into thinking the kids would voluntarily admit if they or fellow students were using. That didn’t happen. Like teenagers everywhere, not to mention teenage addicts, the kids lied about their own use and covered up for their friends. Staff needs to be educated and trained in adolescent addiction.
Young drivers today are more likely to blame external causes for mishaps on the road rather than take responsibility. A study by Liberty Mutual and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions reveals that one in three teen drivers (34%) have had “near misses” while driving. When asked what caused these “near misses” very few owned up […]
How old were you when you first had sex? This is a question that catches many parents off guard. For guidance on how to answer this and other challenging sex-related questions our teens ask us, we turned to “sexpert”Elizabeth Schroeder, Ed.D., MSW, Executive Director – Answer, Center for Applied Psychology, Rutgers University.
We all know it’s important to say the right thing to our teens. But in certain sticky situations (dating, friends) it’s hard to know the best way to respond. Take this quiz to help hone your skills. Then go ahead and try out some of these approaches on your own teenager: 1. Your teenage daughter […]
>According to CNN’s Marquee Blog, actor Daniel Radcliffe confessed to UK’s GQ magazine that he no longer drinks after battling an alcohol problem for several years. Radcliffe catapulted into international fame in 2001 for his starring role as Harry Potter in the widely successful Harry Potter book-to-movie series. He revealed that his drinking use and […]
Dealing with our daughter’s addiction was by far the most difficult and the most painful thing we have had to navigate together as a couple. In our early years, we were both sort of shell shocked and in my mind I can see the two of us just standing there with our mouths open, asking each other, “What just happened?” It was not good. Neither one of us could believe that one of our kids, to whom we had devoted our adult lives, would have, or could have, headed off in this direction. We lived in denial for a long time.
Clicking through other parent’s profiles and photo albums. Yes, some parents snoop on other parents. Creepy? Well, according to data from Retrevo, one in three (34%) parents have used Facebook to learn more about the parents of their teen’s friends. It’s healthy to be curious about who the parents of your child’s good friends are—as […]
Robbery charges or get clean? That was the ultimatum that helped actor and star of Glee Cory Monteith to his sobriety. According Sunday’s Parade, Cory Monteith, star of the hit musical-comedy-drama Glee, reveals that he had a serious drug problem as a teen. At 13, he was skipping school, getting drunk and smoking marijuana. By […]
If you walk by Nike’s storefront on Newbury Street in Boston today you’ll see T-shirts with pill bottles and the words “Get High” and “Dope.” Inappropriate? Well, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino thinks so. And it looks like many Bostonians think so, too. Menino has requested the T-shirts be removed from their storefront which is located […]
Parents! In case you didn’t see our June Parent E-mail, here it is. If you’d like to receive tips, tools and guidance for raising your tween, teen or young adult, please sign up for our monthly parent e-mail. Hi, I’m Mitch and I work at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and am a proud […]
“Summertime and the living is easy…” Well, not when you have teens and especially not if you work outside the home. The transition from school to summertime provides new opportunities for teens—and it can be challenging for some adolescents to cope with the change. Studies show that teens who haven’t tried drugs or alcohol are […]
As my son gets ready to complete eighth grade, and gets ready to head to high school in the fall, I thought about some of the things I learned—most of the time by making mistakes first—about parenting over the last 14 years. Here are but a few. 1. Don’t impose your standards for pop culture. […]
Sexting is a term that refers to texting sexual images and messages, and if you think your teen hasn’t been exposed to it, just check out these stats: 71% of teen girls and 67% of teen guys who have sent or posted sexually suggestive content say they have sent/posted this content to a boyfriend/girlfriend. 21% […]
Then we snap out of our dream and see our child addicted to a drug and wonder if the future is even possible. We mourn the loss of our dream. We experience suffering for our child because in our life and wisdom we know the hardship of life even without being saddled with addiction. We cry, become depressed and grieve this fading picture. Never really giving up the hope that all of the past will go away and we all get a “do over”.
By the time your child is a teenager he probably knows what’s expected of him and that you mean what you say about the penalties for bad behavior. But that isn’t to say your teen won’t act up occasionally or behave rebelliously. Disciplining a teen is different than disciplining a younger child – but it’s […]
With Mother’s Day this weekend and Father’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to honor parents for being the No. 1 influences in the lives of their kids. That’s why we’re declaring the months of May and June “Parents Season” at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. In honor of Moms in May, were featuring an exciting […]