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On the 2018 Illinois Youth Survey, 98% of our local teens said they had not used a prescription not prescribed to them (past 30-day use rate). Learn about preventing Rx prescription and over-the-counter medication misuse by teens. Two simple strategies help keep things safe!
Monitorear y establecer expectativas claras
En este número de The Parent Post – edición de la Escuela Intermedia, exploramos la importancia de monitorear y comunicar expectativas claras a nuestros hijos adolescentes cuando se trata de hablar acerca de no consumir alcohol. También resaltamos la importancia de los recursos de salud mental para los adolescentes y proporcionamos una emocionante actualización acerca de la NUEVA campaña de “vapeo” en los jóvenes de la escuela intermedia.
Monitoring & Setting Clear Expectations
In this issue of the Parent Post – Middle School edition, we are exploring the importance of monitoring and communicating clear expectations with our teens when it comes to talking about not using alcohol. We also highlight important mental health resources for teens and provide an exciting update about the NEW middle school youth vaping campaign!
Siga hablando, manténgalos saludables
Es importante seguir hablando para mantener a los adolescentes saludables. En este tomo de The Parent Post, exploramos los riesgos de beber alcohol siendo menor de edad. También compartimos formas en las que puede comunicarse de forma productiva con su hijo adolescente sobre el no consumo de alcohol. ¡Asegúrese de revisar el enlace a Guía de Recursos en esta edición para obtener recursos de salud mental y abuso de sustancias para adolescentes!
Keep Talking – Keep Them Healthy
It is important to keep talking in order to keep your teen healthy. In this issue of The Parent Post, we explore the risks of underage drinking. We also share ways you can productively communicate with your teen about not using alcohol. Be sure to check out the Resource Guide linked in this edition for mental health and substance use resources for teens!
Raising substance-free kids in an era of legalization is one of the biggest challenges of parenting today. Fortunately, parents are the top influencers in their child’s life. Staying plugged-in to the things happening in their lives keeps them talking. Get valuable conversation tips and other insights on preventing teen marijuana use in this newsletter.
En el primer número de Parent Post – Edición de la Escuela Intermedia: Estamos emocionados por otro año escolar con la campaña Poder de Elección (Power of Choice). ¡En este número hablaremos acerca del tema de este año, compartiremos herramientas, consejos e información para ayudarlos a seguir hablando con sus hijos acerca de los riesgos del consumo de alcohol y otras sustancias, y compartiremos con ustedes lo que ha estado haciendo el Equipo de Prevención para sus hijos!
In the first issue of the Parent Post – Middle School edition: We are excited for another school year with the Power of Choice campaign! In this issue we will talk about this year’s theme, share tools, tips and information to aid you in continuing to talk with your children about the risks of alcohol and substance use, and share with you what the Prevention Team has been up to for your students!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A free parent support group; Tuesdays from 6:45-8:15 PM at the Rosecrance Naperville Office
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
DuPage County starts on page 109; Will County starts on page 209
Initiative facilitated by the Naperville Police Department
To find support through texting- text “REACH” to 741741
Thank you for providing life-changing services for youth and their families! The Power of Choice ensures gifts made online are safe and secure. Check out Others Ways to Give, or contact Sarah Tesch at firstname.lastname@example.org for information or questions.
See Your Impact
$25 – Gas card for youth to get to school or work
$100 – Counselor coverage for a runaway youth
$250 – One Operation Snowball retreat scholarship
$500 – Two nights of emergency shelter and support for a youth in crisis
$1,000 – Eight hours of counseling support for teens and their families in need
$2,500 – Ten move-in baskets of necessities for youth entering our housing program
$5,000 – Four months of rent for two youth experiencing homelessness.