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It is important for parents to explore the idea of monitoring and communicating clear expectations with your teens when it comes to talking about not using alcohol. Find tips to help guide you to set clear expectations with your teen.
It is important to not only monitor, but also work with your teen to develop family strategies to keep them safe from underage drinking. Early adolescence is a time of immense and often very confusing changes for your teen, which makes it a challenging time for both your child and you. Staying connected with your teen and letting them know you are aware as well as understanding what it is like to be a teen can help you be close to your child. This in turn can ensure you have a positive influence on the choices that he or she makes – including the choice not to drink alcohol.
It is important to continue the conversation about the monitoring and communicating with your teens about the consequences of underage alcohol use. Kids are curious, they know alcohol exists and it is up to parents to ensure students understand how alcohol can negatively impact their development and goals in life. Monitoring looks like many things. While in some instances it means looking for when things are amiss, other times it is looking for opportunities to support your teen’s growth and development. It is just as important to support your child when things are going right, so that they are aware that you notice and respond, as it is when things are not going as smoothly.
In this issue we further develop on the conversation about the importance of monitoring and talking with your teens about the consequences of underage alcohol use. It is important that parents are not only informing their youth, but also themselves about the risk factors that could lead their teens toward the unhealthy decision to use alcohol. We explore this as well as ways parents can continue to be the strongest influence on their teens’ decision to make the healthy choice to not use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs..
Parents are the most influential protective factor in their Children’s lives. What parents say really DOES matter and your children really ARE listening. Especially when it comes to the vital topic of not using drugs and alcohol. While peer pressure is something to keep in mind, helping your child prepare themselves on how to handle situations with friends is best done together. Use our peer pressure zine activity to get you started.
Parents can have a major impact on the children’s decision to drink alcohol or not, especially during the preteen and early teen years. The best way to influence our children to avoid drinking is to have a strong, trusting relationship with them. Research shows that teens are much more likely to delay drinking when they feel they have a close, supportive tie with a parent or guardian.
In this issue we are exploring the importance of monitoring and communicating clear expectations with our teens when it comes to talking about not using alcohol. While parent-child conversations about not drinking are essential, talking isn’t enough – we also need to take concrete action to help our children resist alcohol. Research strongly shows that active, supportive involvement by parents and guardians can help teens avoid underage drinking and prevent later alcohol misuse.
Each of us is an important part of our community. We each have talents and strengths that make us unique. We each use those talents and strengths to make a difference in our family, our school and our community. An important part of building resilience in our children is helping them to recognize their own strengths and determine how they can use them to make a difference in their world. Remind your child that you are there for support and guidance – and that it’s important to you that she or he is healthy and happy and makes safe choices. This can help make it easier to talk about tough subjects like not using alcohol.
Developmental research shows that having one or more caring adults in a child’s life increases the likelihood that they will flourish and become productive adults themselves. In many cases, these caring adults are the child’s parents, but other relatives, neighbors, friends of parents, teachers, coaches, religious leaders, and others can play this role. Caring adults, like these, can provide another perspective and offer guidance and support. Having another adult in your world to not only support your child, but also you can help make it easier to discuss the negative impacts of alcohol with your teen.
Research shows that resilient individuals report the presence of caring adults in their lives. Helping adolescents recognize, understand and appreciate those caring adults will help to build those resiliency skills. At times, parents and their adolescent children face conflict because they each feel misunderstood or underappreciated by the other. Use this PowerTalk for Families, to help switch roles with your teen to gain a better perspective. This will make it easier to discuss the negative effects of alcohol, and what that means in terms of mental and physical health, safety and making healthy decisions.
Our children have lots of stressors in their lives—school, grades, sports, friends, technology, lack of sleep. Unmanaged stress can be overwhelming and lead to anxiety-related illnesses. Taking the time to talk with and teach adolescents healthy ways to manage stress helps them to become emotionally healthy individuals. Emotionally healthy individuals are less likely to use alcohol as a coping tool. Talking about stress can make it easier to also talk about not using alcohol. Keep talking – they really are listening. Find tips to get you talking about dealing with stress in a healthy way.
Healthy adolescents make healthy choices. The first step to a healthy future is having a healthy NOW. Research shows that adolescents that have a healthy lifestyle are less impulsive, less anxious, get better grades, have greater self-control and are more likely to make the healthy choices that will lead to a drug and alcohol-free future. Learn tips to get you talking about health in general, which in turn will make it easier to also talk about things like not using alcohol.
Peer behavior, both positive and negative, has a powerful influence on adolescent decision-making. When adolescents associate with positive social peers, they are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors and make responsible decisions. Talking about friendships/ relationships in general makes it easier to also talk about not using alcohol and the impact that underage drinking could have. Learn tips to help you talk with your teen about being a positive peer influence and making the healthy decision to not use alcohol.
Adolescents’ decisions are often influenced by their peers. Unhealthy friendships can leave them vulnerable to risk taking and dangerous situations. Teens say their parents are often their most reliable source. In this edition, learn tips to help teach youth to recognize the qualities of true friendship. These qualities can empower them to choose healthier friendships and strengthen the skills that will help them to stay alcohol free. Talking about friendships/relationships can make easier to also talk about not using alcohol.
The risk of using an addictive substance drops for teens whose parents talk with them about not using alcohol and other drugs. The 2018 Illinois Youth Survey found fewer local teens are drinking than ever. Find out 3 surprising reasons fewer teens are turning to alcohol.
Using electronic cigarettes is a risk most teens are not taking. The Power of Choice, and state and federal public health agencies are bringing resources to parents of teens about e-cigarette use. Find out the the health impact, important FDA news, and tips to recognize vaping.
Curious about family history of substance abuse disorders and risk to your teen? The Parent Post, high school edition, covers genetic resiliency, and how modeling behaviors regarding alcohol—and more—support and inspire teens to continue making healthy decisions.
Sometimes parents feel pressure to fit in and compare themselves with other parents on several levels. This can include economic status, a child’s academic achievements, activities or even rules about parties and curfew. The list can be long. Ready to replace the “perfect” parent myth with real life parenting? Read this issue of The Parent Post, high school edition, to brush up on ideas if facing peer pressure from other parents or if you are experiencing backlash from your teen regarding parental expectations.
NEW! The Healthy Summer issue includes the new Guidelines for Parties and the Law 2019, which has state laws and local ordinances parents need to know to prevent underage use of prohibited substances, and the regulations on curfew, and rules for young drivers. Also, tips for a vape-free summer shares facts on e-cigarettes, vaping prevention, and resources for helping teens and adults quit.
Offers DuPage County residents a list of locations and hours
Has an RxBox located just inside the lobby, located at 5040 Lincoln Ave
A video presented by Gateway Foundation
The Partnership at DrugFree.org provides information on warning signs, behavior changes and tips on how to take action.
Offers advice on keeping children substance free. Review statistics about adolescent substance use, and learn tips on good communication.
Provides information and statistics on a variety of topics.
From the Illinois Department of Human Services
From the Partnership at Drugfree.org
From the Gateway Foundation
From the DuPage County Health Department
From the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
To find support through texting- text “REACH” to 741741
Initiative facilitated by the Naperville Police Department
DuPage County starts on page 109; Will County starts on page 209
Provides a confidential outlet for individuals experiencing opioid use disorders, their families and anyone affected by the disease 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 1-833-2FINDHELP
A free parent support group; Tuesdays from 6:45-8:15 PM at the Rosecrance Naperville Office
Grab a snack, a healthy drink and settle in for a family chat using this PowerTalk. This year, the theme for the Power of Choice is “I CAN.” We will be looking to develop and build resilience in our students as individuals and in their families. Resilience is the ability of an individual to overcome challenges of all kinds–trauma, tragedy, personal crises, ordinary life problems–and bounce back stronger, wiser, and more personally powerful. You can use the skills you already have and find ways to use those skills more intentionally. Start this year of “I CAN” family activities with a picture of your family.
Grab a couple blankets, gather the family on the couch and settle in for a family chat using December’s PowerTalk for Families. This month’s PowerTalk is about competence. Competence means having the necessary ability, knowledge or skills to do something successfully. No person is competent at everything. Sometimes, you can become competent by working hard, learning skills and practicing. We should always try to be OUR best, but we are not always going to be THE best.
Changes to Illinois law on recreational marijuana require parents to get informed. The Power of Choice provides 5 facts about the new law that parents and teens should know. Learn the driving and social hosting laws, as well as marijuana’s impact on the developing adolescent brain.
In this issue we are looking at the effects and risks of underage drinking and what we can do to help prevent underage drinking. It is important for parents to be informed on these issues in order to help our teens make informed decisions.
Connection is important for all humans; it gives us an essential sense of belonging. As adolescents mature and become more independent, it may seem like they really don’t need (or want) connection to family.
This month’s newsletter includes important tips for parents on how to talk with their teens about prescription drug misuse and prevention. Also learn the upcoming Operation Snowball Retreat weekend information dates and high school contacts.
Take a moment to gather the family on the couch and settle in for a family chat using February’s PowerTalk for Families. This month’s PowerTalk is about character. Character traits are those that help us to be cooperative, productive members of our families and our community. Positive character traits help us to respect ourselves and others. Character makes each of us a better person “on the inside,” which affects us as individuals, but it also impacts our families. Keep Talking, They Are Listening – the more your family talks together, the easier it is to talk about not using alcohol.
Stop and take a mindful moment with the family using March’s Power Talk about Stress. We hear that word a lot. Usually we talk about stress as it affects an individual. But families also have stress they experience as a collective unit. Life changes such as death, divorce, sibling conflict, relocation or illness affect all members of a family. The level of impact that stressor has on the family is based on the resources they have for dealing with the event. If a family has developed appropriate resources, they will see life changes as challenges to be met. If not, they may view a stressor as uncontrollable.
April showers bring May Flowers! Spend your rainy day gathered with the family on the couch to talk about moving towards independence using April’s Power Talk. Adolescence is a time for exploring individuality. It’s natural for your adolescent to seek independence and their own identity. Giving adolescents age-appropriate freedom builds independence and confidence and can actually encourage a healthier connection between them and their parents as they grow into confident, productive young adults. Keep Talking, They Are Listening – the more your family talks together, the easier it is to talk about not using alcohol.
Parenting during a pandemic requires resilience for trying times. This newsletter contains tips on how to hunker down healthy during the novel coronvirus-2019 outbreak. Resources shared by local educators and social workers are provided.
May’s Power Talk is all about being a positive influence. It’s a perfect time to talk about this as a family now. Adolescents who take active steps to contribute, gain a sense of purpose that will motivate them and prepare them to succeed. As we develop the skills of resilience in our families, we can think about the unique talents that our family can contribute to the world and find ways to develop and use those talents. This is especially true during these challenging times. Each family has the power to become a positive influence!
It is important for parents to explore the idea of monitoring and communicating clear expectations with your teens when it comes to talking about not using alcohol. Monitoring looks like many things. While in some instances it means looking for when things are amiss, other times it is looking for opportunities to support our teens growth and development.
The next generation of highly addictive vaping devices popular with youth are inexpensive flavored disposables. Learn how to talk with teens about the risks of use. Also, if and when parents determine how to gather safely, they will want to know their responsibilities in monitoring teen get togethers on their property. Be aware that some laws have changed around marijuana. Read about the new laws, curfew, driving rules, and more, in the revised Guidelines for Hosting Parties and the Laws 2020.
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