We reached out to Teri Christensen, one of our favorite Partnership moms, to find out what it’s like raising tween girls and working at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Watch the video below to see what she had to say! Teri Christensen,Senior Vice President and Director of Field Operations,has worked with the Partnership for Drug-Free […]
This post is written by Jennifer Dyl, PhD (Rhode Island Family Guide). Seventeen-year-old Marissa is juggling many roles. She has a demanding part-time job, plays two varsity sports, is studying for the SAT’s and trying to decide where to go to college. She also has a term paper and an internet project due this week, […]
Get out of my way. That’s exactly what I wanted everyone to do when I was active in my addiction. If a person didn’t have money or something I could sell for crack cocaine, then I wanted nothing to do with them. All that my family could do was watch the whirlwind of devastation from the sidelines. They tried to encourage me to seek help, but I didn’t want to hear a word they said.
The two most important things to do are:1) STOP trying to motivate your child by telling her about your feelings, thoughts or reasons for change, such as, “You’re worrying me to death!” “I think you HAVE to go to rehab right from the hospital” or “The best reason for you to stop drinking is for your health.” 2) START asking your child questions that are specially-designed to evoke her own good reasons for change.
Parents! In case you didn’t see our August 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. They say that “the only thing permanent in life is change,” and that may well be true. But […]
Today’s Promise: I will remain patient and not jump ahead of his process of recovery. The joy is in sobriety, one day at a time. Learning to live in abstinence will take time for him. I am grateful for today. I’ll pray for tomorrow.
1. Start the Dialogue If you know a milepost is coming up, talk to them about it, says Ron Arden, Life Navigator. Try saying: You’re about to start a new school. How are you doing about that? I know when I was your age and I went to a new school, it was a little […]
With back-to-school season in full swing, this means the end of summer and the beginning of a brand-new school year. Some teens will be entering a new school and others will be moving up a grade or both. For many teens, this means an entirely different environment with an added pressure of making new friends. […]
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 […]