Most of us would agree that a mother’s job is priceless. But Salary.com and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics have figured out how much the actual work is worth. Thetime mothers spend performing 10 typical job functions would equate to an annual salary of $115,432 for a stay-at-home mom. Working moms ‘at-home’ salary is […]
It’s important for parents to encourage healthy friendships and discourage unhealthy ones. We want our children to be around people who will have a positive influence, and stay away from people who will encourage harmful or destructive activities. If your child is drawn to friends you don’t approve of, try to talk to your child […]
When I went away to Camp Winona when I was 11, my mom sent me letters that began, “My Dearest Darling Daughter.” I cringed and hid the letters away so that nobody could see how weird my mother was. But when my daughter went away to camp, I found myself starting her letters in the […]
“If you’re going to drink, just don’t drive.” “At least when I host the party and take away the keys, I know they’re safe.” “Drinking at high school parties is a rite of passage for teens.” You’ve likely heard these kinds of comments from parents—perhaps even said or thought them yourself—but the way teens interpret […]
Certain parenting books help us feel less alone and provide hope that our child’s drug use can get better. They provide a treasure chest of advice, information and comfort through the ups and downs of raising a teen with a substance abuse problem.
If you’re a parent of a child struggling with drugs or alcohol, here are 11 noteworthy books that might help you take care of yourself during this difficult time.
In honor of Mothers Day, we reached out to some of our favorite mommy bloggers to find out what lessons theyve learned from their mothers. Our first lesson comes from one of our favorite mommy bloggers, Jody of RocketCityDigs.com. My mother was the only daughter of second-generation Pittsburgh Italians, a mechanic and an office worker […]
With Mothers Day fast approaching, we’ve been thinking about some of our favorite moms on TV. And were not talking about any of The Real Housewives of [insert major city]. We like our television moms to be real and to reflect the complexities of motherhood. We want them to be moms we relate to, someone […]
My 15-year-old daughter loves the NBC show Parenthood and asked me to watch it with her. I thought it was a great opportunity to talk about some of the issues they portray from both the parents’ perspective as well as the teens, such as teen, sex and drug use. We talked, but I was the […]
Parents! In case you didn’t see our April 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. Dear Parent, It’s prom headquarters at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Wait—before you start envisioning the staff […]
Whats trending on Twitter right now? #happy420. And its no surprise, since today April 20th is the unofficial marijuana day, when some people around the world celebrate cannabis and rally to push for laws to legalize marijuana. Whether its expressed 420, 4:20, 4/20 or four-twenty, pot smokers use this universal code to symbolize lighting up […]
It starts with letting go of the idea of having a “normal” life. Truthfully, it’s a far cry from the storybook life we all fantasized about once upon a time. Being a parent of an addict is about being more than you ever dreamed you could be. And most days it feel like you’re at war.
If your son or daughter is attending prom this season, you probably know you need to have “A Talk” with him or her. But how? Well, one way to spark the conversation is to talk about your own prom. Whether it was filled with “prama” or like a scene from a movie, whether you wore […]
There’s something about prom and graduation season that makes rational parents go bonkers. Here are 6 tips for parents to help keep their teen safe and make this season one to remember for all the right reasons. Set curfews Teen car crashes and deaths increase exponentially late at night. If you decide to extend curfews, […]
Changing the world, one prom at a time. That’s what Betsey Paulsen Crapps wanted to do when she hosted her first Mom Prom event in 2006. Fast forward six years and it’s becoming a reality. Thousands of moms across the country are whipping out their prom dresses, bridesmaid and even wedding dresses for a mom’s […]
In honor of her 1,000th post, New York Times Motherlode blogger Lisa Belkin invited bestselling author and journalist Anna Quindlen to share a glimpse on all the chapters of parenting. Quindlen, a Pulitzer Prize winning columnist, author and a mom of three grown children, wonderfully reflects on the joys of motherhood through the different stages […]
We’re excited to welcome back award-winning author James Brown to the Intervene community. Earlier this month James released his latest book This River,” a memoir providing an honest portrait of an addict and his new struggles with sobriety, relapse and becoming a better father. This book provides a great opportunity for discussion with other parents as well as with your child suffering with an addiction.
St. Patrick’s Day is not only a celebration of the patron saint of Ireland, but it has also become somewhat of an accepted national drinking holiday. So why not take a moment today to think about how our own behavior with alcohol impacts the impressionable, young teens in our lives? Kids learn the most from […]
Parents! In case you didn’t see our March 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 Parent, Let’s talk about stress, shall we? Many teens will be taking midterms and SATs this […]
I saw and experienced more than I was able to handle as a child. My father was an alcoholic which resulted in chaos in our family including physical and verbal abuse in my parents’ marriage. By the time I was a teenager I was lonely, hurt, and angry. All of which I believe played a huge role in why I developed poor decision making skills and no y self-worth I couldn’t count on my father to play an active part in my life which left me with a void that I didn’t know how to fill.
I stem from a family of alcoholics and though my mother managed to escape that legacy, I was still raised in a house where a hard day’s work was rewarded with a glass of wine. Dinner parties included various alcoholic drinks of my mother’s own creation and I’ve never been to a restaurant with her […]
With an ever-mounting pressure to succeed in today’s educational system, there’s little time for kids to just be kids. From long school days to endless extracurricular activities and hours of homework, many teens feel stressed from the need to perform perfectly on tests, entrance exams, college applications in order to achieve success in life. This […]
Teenagers, like adults, may experience stress everyday and can benefit from learning stress management skills. Most teens experience this when they perceive a situation as dangerous, difficult or painful and they do not have the resources to cope with the stress. Some sources of stress for teens might include: * School demands and frustrations * […]
A recent survey found that the emotional health of college freshman has declined to the lowest level in 25 years. More students are depressed, under stress and using psychiatric medication, even before they come to college, according to The New York Times. For many young people, serious stress starts before college. Twenty-nine percent of students […]