Safe Spring Break Alternatives For Teens

Spring break is generally just a time for teens to hang out at home for a week and treasure their time not sitting in class. Whether they decide to go on a road trip, play video games, or just watch movies, your teen could be tempted to party at a friend’s house where alcohol and other drugs are present. Continue reading “Safe Spring Break Alternatives For Teens” »

Is Your Teen on Spring Break? Watch Out for These Risks

Spring Break is a fun-filled week, but it also has its share of risks far worse than sunburns, lost baggage, and hangovers.

If you or your college-age child is planning to party during Spring Break, be on the lookout for these dangers.

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Watch Out, Parents: Your Teens Face Risks at New Year’s Eve Parties

2015 is just around the corner, parents — and if you haven’t already, it’s time to talk about your teen’s New Year’s Eve plans.

Kansas City area parents may think that they don’t have much to worry about in suburbs like Overland Park, Lee’s Summit, or Liberty, but this isn’t true: New Year’s Eve parties can be dangerous for teens no matter how safe the area seems.

Here’s what parents should chat with their teens about before they ring in 2015!

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Summer Break is Here – Watch Your Kids for Signs of Drug Use

Summer’s in full swing! For many teens, this means days at the lake or the pool, afternoons at the mall, and nights with friends. But for some, break from school can also include drug use.

As parents, it’s your job to be vigilant about your teen’s drug use, especially during the summer when your kids are home from school and have more free time (and potentially less supervision).

Here are our tips for spotting signs of drug use in your teens this summer!

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Be Thankful You’ve Stayed Away From Drugs

Hey Teenagers!

We’ve got some good news.  Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  It’s a chance to look at the things you have and be thankful for them, whether it’s your family, your friends, your success, or maybe the opportunity to eat a large amount of great food.  We’ve got something else you can be thankful for you:  You’ve stayed away from drugs and alcohol.

Avoided Opportunities To Use Drugs

Thanksgiving-DinnerTeenagers have countless opportunities to try drugs. Maybe you’ve been introduced by school friends or older siblings. Others probably seek them out.  Peer pressure can also lead down the wrong path. But if you are a drug-free teen, you’ve successfully avoided all of that.  You already have a leg up.  While other teens are risking their health, safety, and reputation doing things they weren’t supposed to, you were keeping your head on straight and making smart decisions.  The ability to say no to peer pressure is something that deserves a pat on the back.

Self-Esteem is a Big Part of Staying Drug-Free

If you’ve been in a situation where you had the opportunity to try drugs and didn’t, the chances are that you have something of great value:  a high self-esteem.  A high self-esteem is something a lot of teens struggle to get.  The ability to feel confident enough about yourself to know what choices are good and bad is going to get you a long way.  Teens with low self-esteem and issues with self-acceptance have been shown to use drugs, and drug use in itself can contribute to low self-esteem.

Help Others Stay Off Drugs

In the case of teens using drugs, peer influence isn’t always a bad thing.  Help your friends avoid drugs by being a positive influence.  Be there for them when they’re down.  Join them in trying new things and getting new experiences that have nothing to do with substance abuse.  Be encouraging when they need it.  When it comes to drugs, tell them what you do to avoid them. Keep going and thanks for being such a positive influence!

Enjoy the turkey!  Happy Thanksgiving!