So, you just caught your teen in a lie. Your instinct may be to lose your cool: to panic, feel hurt and maybe yell at your child. But before you let your emotions get the best of you, take a deep breath. It is important to think about why your child is lying – and […]
Teens are asking legitimate questions about marijuana like, “Marijuana is a plant. It’s natural. How harmful could it be?” This question may stop you in your tracks. After all, marijuana is a plant. Often, it is natural. So how do you respond to your teen, and still seem reasonable and credible?
At the Partnership, we’ve been talking a lot about marijuana. As you may know, we recently launched our new Marijuana Talk Kit, designed to help parents navigate the constantly evolving drug landscape and have productive conversations with their teens. One way to set yourself up for a meaningful conversation – one during which your teen […]
For some, the holidays are the “happiest time of the year,” but Marvin D. Seppala, MD, chief medical officer of Hazelden addiction treatment center, says some are worried about relapse during what they consider the most difficult time of the year.
The best way to find out what is going on with your child is to, well, find out what’s going on with him. Lecturing won’t get you there. A back-and-forth conversation will. But that’s not always so easy with teens, is it? In order to keep the lines of communication open, it’s important to know […]
In honor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and all that soccer does to help keep kids around the world active and healthy. I thought this would be a good time to reflect on the impact youth soccer has had on my life. I first played soccer recreationally when I was 6, but eventually […]
Our new television PSA highlights true stories of people who have faced addiction and implores viewers to share their stories with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, because one person’s story of recovery can change someone else’s. View the new TV spot >
By Jeffrey Foote, PhD, Co-founder and Clinical Director at Center for Motivation & Change We are all very aware of how emotionally draining it can be dealing with a child involved in substance abuse. We’re all also aware of how much conflict this leads to in families. Today’s focus? Positive reinforcement as an antidote. As our colleague […]
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids released new research from the latest Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS), a nationally projectable survey that tracks teen drug and alcohol use and parent attitudes toward substance abuse among teens. The research, sponsored by MetLife Foundation, shows that Hispanic teens are using drugs at alarmingly higher levels when compared to […]
By Jeffrey Foote, PhD, Co-founder and Clinical Director at Center for Motivation & Change Collaboration matters a lot. You may think we’re talking about collaboration with your child (which is important); but no, we’re talking first about collaboration with your spouse/partner/co-parent. When your child is struggling with substances or other behavior problems, there is often a communication breakdown between the adults, […]
Listening is hard. After all, nobody will ever love your child the way you do. You fed him, changed him, raised him and provided for his every need. What do I wish I had done differently? I wish I had learned how to listen sooner.
Do you know an outstanding youth coach or student athlete who demonstrates a commitment to fair, drug-free play and an overall healthy lifestyle? Does this person inspire others to give it their all, make the team smile after a big defeat, or show exemplary character and integrity on and off the field? If you answered […]