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Fostering Productive Communication

6th-8th GradeNewsletters

Keep talking & keep them healthy. Students say that parents are their most reliable source when talking about the risks of underage alcohol use. It is important for parents to be informed on these issues in order to help their teens make informed and healthy decisions. Learn tips to help you get the conversation started.

Monitoring & Setting Clear Expectations

6th-8th GradeNewsletters

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.

Monitoring & Developing Family Strategies to Keep Your Teen Safe from Alcohol

6th-8th GradeNewsletters

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.

Keep Monitoring – Help Teens Choose to Not Use Alcohol

6th-8th GradeNewsletters

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.

Keep Talking and Monitoring – Know the Risk Factors that Could Influence Underage Alcohol Use

6th-8th GradeNewsletters

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..

Keep Talking, They’re Really Listening

6th-8th GradeNewsletters

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.

Monitor, Talk & Build Strong Bonds – Talk with Our Teens About the Risks of Underage Alcohol Use

6th-8th GradeNewsletters

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.

Keep Talking & Keep Them Healthy – Keep Your Teen Safe from Underage Alcohol Use

6th-8th GradeNewsletters

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. Parents who know the effects of alcohol on teens are able to better communicate to teens why they should stay away from underage alcohol use. Alcohol is the most widely used substance among America’s teens and young adults, posing substantial health and safety risks.

Monitor & Set Clear Expectations with Your Teen about Not Using Alcohol and Other Drugs

6th-8th GradeNewsletters

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.

Communicate and Develop Family Strategies to Keep Teens Safe from Underage Drinking

6th-8th GradeNewsletters

In this issue we are exploring the importance of talking with our teens and developing family strategies to keep them safe from underage drinking. Early adolescence is a time of immense and often very confusing changes for our teens, which makes it a challenging time for both our kids and us. Understanding what it is like to be a teen can help us stay closer to our kids and have more influence on the choices that they make –including decisions about not using alcohol.

Monitoring is an Act of Love – Help Set Clear Expectations About Not Using Alcohol with Your Teen

6th-8th GradeNewsletters

In this issue we are continuing the conversation about the importance of monitoring and communicating with our teens 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 our teens growth and development.

Family Talent Night

6th-8th GradePowerTalk for Families

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.

Trusted Adults are Valuable

6th-8th GradePowerTalk for Families

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.

Freaky Friday! Switch Roles With Your Parent

6th-8th GradePowerTalk for Families

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.

Strategies for Dealing with Stress

6th-8th GradePowerTalk for Families

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 Family Strategies

6th-8th GradePowerTalk for Families

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.

The Power of Positive Peer Influence

6th-8th GradePowerTalk for Families

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.

Qualities of a True Friend

6th-8th GradePowerTalk for Families

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.

Our Words Affect Others: T-H-I-N-K

6th-8th GradeNewsletters

Preparing Adolescents to Take Control

6th-8th GradeNewsletters

Connecting With Your Teen

6th-8th GradeNewsletters

Resilience in Prevention

6th-8th GradeNewsletters

Part of Something Bigger

6th-8th GradeNewsletters

Moving Adolescents Toward Independence

6th-8th GradeNewsletters

The Power of Respect

6th-8th GradeNewsletters

Taking Control of Bullying

6th-8th GradeNewsletters

Qualities of a True Friend

6th-8th GradeNewsletters

Tips for Growing Healthy Teens

6th-8th GradeNewsletters

Modeling Healthy Behaviors

6th-8th GradeNewsletters

Our Words Affect Others

6th-8th GradeNewsletters

Who Are my Child’s Role Models?

6th-8th GradeNewsletters

Building Resilience in our Children

6th-8th GradeNewsletters

Family Activities that Make Memories

6th-8th GradeNewsletters

Helping Parents and Teens Connect

High SchoolNewsletters

The Teen Brain and Addiction

High SchoolNewsletters

Reality Challenges Popular Beliefs

High SchoolNewsletters

Medical Marijuana

High SchoolNewsletters

Healthy Stress Management

High SchoolNewsletters

The Vulnerable High School Student

High SchoolNewsletters

How to Help Your Teen to Cope Strong

High SchoolNewsletters

How to Model Coping Strong

High SchoolNewsletters

Positive Ways to Cope

High SchoolNewsletters

Resolutions-Change as a Family

High SchoolNewsletters

Family Strategies for a Safe Summer

High SchoolNewsletters

When the Conversation is Difficult

High SchoolNewsletters

Connecting with Your Teen

High SchoolNewsletters

Parenting Wise Teens

High SchoolNewsletters

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.

Electronic Cigarette/ Vaping Update

High SchoolNewsletters

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.

Empowering Your Teen Through Your Actions: The Role Model Update

High SchoolNewsletters

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.

Real Life Parenting: Exploring the Myths About The Reality of Raising Teens

High SchoolNewsletters

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.

Tips for Safe Parties and A Vape-Free Summer

High SchoolNewsletters

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.

Dispose My Meds

Safe Medication Disposal

Green Initiatives- Rx Box Program

Safe Medication Disposal

Offers DuPage County residents a list of locations and hours

Lisle Police Department

Safe Medication Disposal

Has an RxBox located just inside the lobby, located at 5040 Lincoln Ave

Effects of Marijuana

Drug Information and Warning Signs

A video presented by Gateway Foundation

Electronic Cigarette Tip Sheet

Drug Information and Warning Signs

Electronic Cigarettes: An Overview of Key Issues

Drug Information and Warning Signs

Get Smart About Drugs

Drug Information and Warning Signs

How do I know if my child is using?

Drug Information and Warning Signs

The Partnership at DrugFree.org provides information on warning signs, behavior changes and tips on how to take action.

Keeping Youth Drug-Free

Drug Information and Warning Signs

Offers advice on keeping children substance free. Review statistics about adolescent substance use, and learn tips on good communication.

Marijuana Facts for Teens

Drug Information and Warning Signs

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Drug Information and Warning Signs

Provides information and statistics on a variety of topics.

Parenting Strong Vaping and Youth Podcast

Drug Information and Warning Signs

Prescription Drugs Fact Sheet

Drug Information and Warning Signs

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM)

Drug Information and Warning Signs

Symptoms and Signs of Addiction 

Drug Information and Warning Signs

From the Illinois Department of Human Services

Synthetic Drugs toolkit 

Drug Information and Warning Signs

From the Partnership at Drugfree.org

Teen Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Parent Tools 

Drug Information and Warning Signs

From the Gateway Foundation

Tobacco Facts 

Drug Information and Warning Signs

From the DuPage County Health Department

Tobacco Facts and Stats 

Drug Information and Warning Signs

From the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Understanding Drug Addiction

Drug Information and Warning Signs

360 Youth Services

Prevention Services

Breaking Free

Prevention Services

DuPage Prevention Leadership Team

Prevention Services

KidsMatters/ParentsMatter2

Prevention Services

Lisle Operation Snowball

Prevention Services

Naperville Operation Snowball

Prevention Services

Power of Choice

Prevention Services

Robert Crown

Prevention Services

Naperville/Aurora Area Crisis Text Line

Intervention and Treatment

To find support through texting- text “REACH” to 741741

Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital

Intervention and Treatment

Connect for Life 

Intervention and Treatment

Initiative facilitated by the Naperville Police Department

Directory of Substance Abuse Providers in Illinois

Intervention and Treatment

DuPage County starts on page 109; Will County starts on page 209

Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare

Intervention and Treatment

Gateway Foundation

Intervention and Treatment

Illinois Helpline for opioids and other substances

Intervention and Treatment

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

Linden Oaks at Edward

Intervention and Treatment

Presence Health

Intervention and Treatment

Rosecrance Naperville Office

Intervention and Treatment

SamaraCare Counseling

Intervention and Treatment

Al-Anon

Recovery and Support

Alateen

Recovery and Support

Alcoholics Anonymous

Recovery and Support

Marijuana Anonymous

Recovery and Support

Narcotics Anonymous

Recovery and Support

Parent Café at Rosecrance

Recovery and Support

A free parent support group; Tuesdays from 6:45-8:15 PM at the Rosecrance Naperville Office

Our Family Portrait

6th-8th GradePowerTalk for Families

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.

Knowledge is Power

6th-8th GradePowerTalk for Families

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.

Marijuana and Parenting

High SchoolNewsletters

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.

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