When your teen was young, it was probably easier to talk to them. Kids naturally look up to their parents and absorb what they teach — but they get more skeptical as they get older. It’s good for teens to develop their own thoughts and opinions as they grow up, even if it makes it hard to talk about certain things.
As teenagers enter junior high and high school, they’ll meet new people who will influence their personal growth. Young adults commonly experiment together with things like hairstyles, clothing and especially drugs. It’s always been common for teenagers to do drugs together, but sometimes this ends in addiction.
Parents can read about these five tips that will help you talk with your kids about preventing teen drug abuse. With the right approach, understanding and conversational guidance, your teen will know how to navigate their lives in a healthy, responsible way.
Adults know there’s more to life than grades and getting into college. They have more responsibilities and more to lose if things go wrong. Teens only plan for the next year or two down the road, if they have a plan for their future at all. They’re typically more concerned about the present, which fuels their motivations when it comes to trying drugs.
Teens want to fit in with their friends and feel accepted during a period of life when their body changes and feels foreign. They may not have a strong sense of identity and may rely on their friends to build their opinions.
Consider what could motivate your teenager to get a better idea of what’s going on in their life.
When you want to talk with your teen about any uncomfortable conversation, it’s essential to approach them with openness and active listening. Don’t interrupt, condemn or seem distracted. An easy way to do this is to learn about body language so you never project an emotion or message you don’t mean. Teens won’t want to discuss drug abuse or listen to you if they feel threatened or judged.
Drugs may appeal to teens because they make them feel good. It may help to explain the health side effects of the most seemingly harmless drugs. A product like marijuana alters crucial brain development if it’s smoked during adolescence. They won’t get the most out of life by hurting their body during their teenage years.
Some teens have plenty of free time to waste on drug use, so find them a new hobby. Take them to sports tryouts or fun activities around town so they can fill their time with healthy interests.
Even if the conversation goes well, look for signs of drug use to stay alert and aware. Mood changes, social withdrawal and a smoky odor following them around could all indicate secret drug abuse.
Teens won’t want to talk about their private lives or listen to what you say if they don’t feel safe. Stay kind, open and alert to walk the fine line between friend and parent when it comes to drug use.
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This year, Redbox is emailing customers bright-and-early on April 1st to tell them about a new drone service – Redbox Drops – that will deliver a full-size Redbox kiosk right to their door.
As always, Redbox will thank fans for playing along by rewarding new Redbox On Demand users 25% off their first On Demand rental on April 1.
The sixth season of DreamWorks Trolls: The Beat Goes On! is premiering exclusively on Netflix April 9th! In celebration, DreamWorks Animation Television is delighted to share the season 6 trailer below. Executive Produced by Matthew Beans, the wonderful main cast of Trolls: The Beat Goes On! includes the voice of Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect, Wreck-It Ralph) as Branch and Amanda Leighton (“This Is Us”, “The Fosters”) as Poppy. In addition, Gary Cole (Veep) guest stars as Sky Toronto.
Synopsis: Branch and Creek spark an unlikely friendship, Biggie creates a fun-tastic new dance craze and Guy Diamond kicks off an epic “glamping” trip. But when the Trolls have to face their biggest fear — a day without a holiday — the village scrambles to come up with a new celebration to fill the void. With all-new original songs, the Trolls party like never before in all-new episodes available exclusively on Netflix April 9.
Dreamworks Trolls: The Beat Goes On Season 6 premieres on April 9th on Netflix!
Even though this challenge has been going around now, and I was even warned by the school, here’s a little advice:
If you’re a parent, hopefully you have heard of the Momo Challenge by now. It’s a dangerous “suicide game” that targets children on social media. Some say it’s just the latest internet hoax while others argue it is in fact very real. Either way: it’s an important reminder that parents need to stay on top of their children’s online and social media activity.
Vinay Saranga M.D., a child psychiatrist and founder of Saranga Comprehensive Psychiatry, offers this advice for parents:
A newly-curated collection by artist legend, Peter Max’s exquisite paintings will be on exhibition and available for acquisition in a limited engagement presentation at Christine Frechard Gallery, Pittsburgh’s premier fine art gallery. The collection features works celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock. A preview reception will take place on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 6-8pm, and the exhibition will open to the public on May 11, 2019 and run through Sunday, May 19, 2019. Two not-to-be-missed Gallery receptions for the public have been announced: Saturday, May 18 from 5-8pm and Sunday, May 19 from 1-3pm. All artworks are on exhibition and available for acquisition. All events are complimentary and open to the public however RSVP’s are required:724-766-0104 or email@example.com.Visit www.christinefrechardgallery.com for more info.
How One Woman with Down Syndrome is Spreading Joy
One Creative Card at a Time
When was the last time you received a card in the mail that warmed your heart? This month let someone know you care with an artful greeting card, while also empowering those with disabilities to share their talents and abilities. Open your heart and send someone a card from Laura’s Greetings in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day March 21. A portion of your purchase covers the adoption fees of a child with special needs.
For birthdays, thank yous, congrats, well wishes and holidays, these one-of-a-kind cards were the starting creation of Laura, a 41-year-old artist with Down syndrome. Every Laura’s Greetings card is designed by an individual with an intellectual disability like Down syndrome or autism.
Card snobs will love the high-end cardstock and witty puns that accompany Laura’s artwork. Also, you’re sure to score some brownie points somewhere for slipping a card (or two) in the snail mail. Cards are sold individually and in convenient packs and Laura has a card club subscription so you can share some new puns each month!
Laura’s Card Club offers:
Two professional greeting cards designed by individuals with Down syndrome or autism
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Laura Barrett is the 41-year-old artist with down syndrome behind Laura’s Greetings. Painting has been a passion of hers since childhood and with the help of her aid Hannah Lee and Lee’s husband, Laura transformed her art into clever greeting cards. Those who know Laura feel she has one other interest that rivals art: Zac Efron. She has posters of him everywhere in her room including a life-sized cardboard cutout. She often goes about her day wearing a lanyard with his picture in it! Laura’s other favorite things include dogs and ice cream cake.
Maintaining a healthy sleep schedule for a child or adolescent is part of a solid foundation for every family’s well-being. For children or adolescents with a mental or behavioral health diagnosis, sleep is especially vital. Physicians at Nationwide Children’s Hospital say they notice several changes in sleeping patterns around daylight savings time, which can particularly affect patients with a mental health diagnosis.
“Sleep is a more complicated issue for patients with a mental health disorder,” says Robert Kowatch, MD, Ph.D, child and adolescent psychiatrist and sleep medicine specialist at Nationwide Children’s. “Different conditions affect sleep differently, as do various medications for these conditions and their related side effects. These patients may be more sensitive to time changes than the typical child or teen.”
“With many medications, an impact on sleep is a possible side effect, from interfering with falling asleep to resulting in next-day drowsiness,” said Dr. Kowatch, also a professor of psychiatry at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. “Parents and patients should create a plan with their clinician, and make sure dose schedules and amounts are properly followed, such as taking a longer-lasting dose earlier in the day followed by a shorter-lasting dose later in the day, so a stimulant can wear off – if necessary – in time for bed to allow for restful sleep.”
Recommendations for better quality sleep are the same across age groups, regardless of whether a child or teen has a mental health disorder or not. Nationwide Children’s Hospital Big Lots Behavioral Health experts suggest:
Kids don’t wear their thoughts on their sleeves, so it’s time to give them a voice. For more information about children’s mental health and to help break to break the silence and stigma around mental illness, visit OnOurSleeves.org.
If you or your child need immediate help due to having suicidal thoughts, go to your local emergency room immediately, call the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or you can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741-741.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go with reading and education. Farmers Insurance, a brand that stands for knowledge, experience and making people smarter about insurance, is honoring Dr. Seuss on his 115th birthday and celebrating Read Across America Day on March 2 with an integrated campaign across TV, digital and social media.
To support and promote early childhood reading through the legacy of Dr. Seuss, Farmers has created an animated read-along of the New York Times best-seller Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Voiced by Farmers spokescharacter Professor Burke (Academy Award winner JK Simmons), the video is available through digital and social channels, as well as included in the National Education Association’s library of resources for teachers to use in activities marking the day.
As if we need an excuse to enjoy our favorite tequila cocktail, February 22nd is National Margarita Day!
A margarita on the rocks can pack anywhere from 450 to 800 calories, but Sparkling Ice makes it easy to make great-tasting margarita with only a fraction of the calories (aka more room for chips and guac!).
Spicy Sparkling Margarita
2 parts Blanco Tequila
½ part Cointreau
3 slices of Jalapeño pepper
Juice of 1/8 lime
1 ½ parts Sparkling Ice Lemon Lime
Shake Tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and peppers with ice. Pour into rocks glass with salted rim and lime wedge. Top with Sparkling Ice Lemon Lime.
2oz pomegranate juice
1oz lime juice
1oz simple syrup
Vanilla flake salt rim, for garnish
Lime wedge, for garnish
Rim glass with a lime and dip into salt, fill glass with ice and set to the side. In an ice filled cocktail shaker, combine tequila, pomegranate juice, lime juice, simple syrup, and shake. Strain into glasses and top with Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade, stir lightly to combine. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Sippin’ The Beet
1 ½ oz silver tequila
½ oz Agave
½ oz beet juice
1 oz lime juice
Salt for rimming the glass
Kiwi slice, for garnish
In an ice filled cocktail shaker mix together tequila, agave, beet juice, and lime juice. Rim your glass in salt and fill with crushed ice, pour in the margarita mix and top with Sparkling Ice Kiwi Strawberry. Garnish with a kiwi slice and serve.