I wanted to share this latest study with my fellow parents. As someone in the media—I host a radio show Purple Haze, write novels and work at Syfy Channel—I’m rather hesitant to embrace these findings too strongly. There are so many factors involved in teenage addiction that blaming movies, or TV, video games, the Internet, […]
As we move into the prom season, many parents and school officials worry about the safety of their children. An internet search for Safe Prom turns up hundreds of websites that focus on encouraging students to make safe and healthy choices, and schools conducting pre-prom events showing the dangers of drinking and driving. However, there […]
One child alcoholic tells of drinking all the lemon and vanilla extract in his parents kitchen cabinets at the age of 9. Another discusses how she got drunk at her first high-school party and was sexually assaulted by multiple guys. Parents of adolescents would be surprised to know just how young some kids are when […]
Making the decision about how to talk with your kids about drugs is very personal. Some parents lie while others change the subject. Very few tell the whole truth about their drug use unless of course they were straight all of the time. What did I say to my 14-year-old son, when he asked me? […]
As parents of an addict, living in the world of ought to be gives us permission to do things that hurt our addict and perpetuate their addiction. Living in the world of what is forces me to see the situation as it is and not the way I wish it to be.