April 13, 2019
How Does Your Teen Say "No"

How Teens Say No

How Teens Say No A: In So Many Ways While our local survey data shows most of our students make healthy choices, prom is a high-risk […]
April 12, 2019
Parent/Peer Approval Strong Influence

60 Second Conversation Starter: Approve or Disapprove

60 Second Conversation Starter: Approve or Disapprove Parent/Peer Approval Strong Influence A teen’s #1 influence in their decision not to drink or misuse drugs is their parents. Seeking […]
April 5, 2019

Prom & Post-Prom

Prom & Post-Prom Tips & Templates for Parents In our community, DHS & HPHS students are fortunate to have two wonderful, supervised after party options following […]
April 5, 2019
Officer Rheanna Hall

Keeping Teens Safe at Parties & After Prom

Keeping Teens Safe at Parties & After Prom by Officer Rheanna Hall, DHS School Resource Officer With prom season quickly approaching, it’s important to be aware […]
March 15, 2019

A 60 Second Conversation Starter

A 60 Second Conversation Starter Continuing the Conversation with an Older Teen While most DHS & HPHS students perceive that their parents think it’s wrong for […]
March 15, 2019
Iceberg infographic

Shining a Light on the Dark Web

Shining a Light on the Dark Web Program Resources Did you miss last month’s informative parent program on ways to keep teens safe on the internet […]
March 15, 2019

Prepared for the Unexpected

Prepared for the Unexpected   The majority of teens in our communities choose to be drug free. This public service announcement (PSA) highlights how this choice […]
March 15, 2019
Chief Lou Jogmen portrait

Drugged Driving

Drugged Driving By Lou Jogmen, Chief of Police, City of Highland Park Fast Facts:Clinical studies have shown that marijuana significantly impairs judgment, motor coordination, and reaction […]
February 15, 2019

60 Second Conversation Starter

60 Second Conversation Starter Speaking from the Heart Valentine’s season is the perfect time to tell your child how much they are loved and to reinforce that […]
February 15, 2019

The Choice is Yours

The Choice is Yours Parents and friends influence teens’ decisions, but ultimately the choice to stay drug-free is theirs. This public service announcement (PSA) highlights what the […]
February 15, 2019
mom teen hugging

5 Conversation Goals

5 Conversation Goals Heart to Heart Talks Show disapproval of underage drinking/drug misuse – As the #1 influence in your child’s life, send a strong message of disapproval through […]
February 15, 2019
Jorie Ouimet family photo

Note to Parents: Your Love is #1

Note to Parents: Your Love is #1 Did you know you are the number one influence in your child’s life when it comes to substance use prevention? […]
January 15, 2019
2019 New Year's resolution lists

60 Second Conversation Starter: Why teens choose alcohol-free

60 Second Conversation Starter: Why teens choose alcohol-free As we think about our 2019 goals and resolutions, what motivates District 113 students to make the choice […]
January 15, 2019

The Teen Brain

The Teen Brain A Developing Work of Art Research shows a teen’s brain is under development until age 25. This public service announcement (PSA) highlights the […]
January 15, 2019
John Petzke portrait

Beyond Saying “No”

Beyond Saying “No” My wife Leann and I met at Illinois State University, where we were both drawn to education. Leann taught middle school math while I […]
December 29, 2018

A 60 Second Conversation Starter

A 60 Second Conversation Starter You Know Your Child Best Some good news to share: 89% of DHS & HPHS students have at least one adult […]
December 22, 2018

Event: Shine a Light on the Dark Web

Event: Shine a Light on the Dark Web Keep Teens Safe on the Internet Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Two presentations: 12:30 pm, West Ridge Center, HP […]
December 22, 2018

3 Tips to a Better Night’s Sleep

3 Tips to a Better Night’s Sleep Many demands on teens often mean they don’t get adequate sleep. This public service announcement (PSA) highlights simple changes […]
December 8, 2018

Keeping Calm During Final Exams

Keeping Calm During Final Exams As our students prepare to take final exams before the holiday break, the DHS & HPHS Counseling Departments offer parents/guardians the […]
December 1, 2018

Tips to Help Your Kids (and You) Cope with Stress

Tips to Help Your Kids (and You) Cope with Stress As adults, we accept stress as a normal part of life and can navigate our stressors. […]
November 24, 2018

Rules Aren’t Just for Board Games – Plus 60 Second Conversation Starter

Rules Aren’t Just for Board Games – Plus 60 Second Conversation Starter Parent and youth surveys show that parents and their teens are on the same page about […]
November 3, 2018

Creating Holiday Traditions

Creating Holiday Traditions Families Embracing Their Communities It’s the holiday season – Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Day… and those are the major ones! A Google […]
October 20, 2018

60 Second Conversation Starter: What’s Your Reason?

60 Second Conversation Starter: What’s Your Reason? There are new posters up at DHS & HPHS. It’s a great conversation starter!“I hear there are posters up […]
October 5, 2018

Best Line of Defense Against Fake IDs

Best Line of Defense Against Fake IDs As Chief of Police and a CTAD Board Member, I feel it is our responsibility to provide parents and […]
September 22, 2018

Parent to Parent Communication

Parent to Parent Communication Connected Parents = Peace of Mind “Why are you the ONLY parent saying no to our plans?” If you haven’t yet heard […]
September 8, 2018

Homecoming Season is Here

Homecoming Season is Here A Time to Connect with Teens and Parents Often associated with higher rates of underage drinking and other risky behaviors, Homecoming season […]
August 30, 2018
Teen and parent driving

A 60 Second Conversation Starter

A 60 Second Conversation Starter Once school starts, it can be difficult to find a few minutes to check in with your child, but this can […]
August 30, 2018

Back to School Pressures

Back to School Pressures Parents on the Front Lines Teens are particularly vulnerable to social pressures at the start of each school year as a way […]
June 25, 2018

60 Second Conversation Starter

According to CTAD’s 2018 Parent Survey, 93.5% of District 113 parents do not allow their teen to drink alcohol. This summer, remind your children about your […]
June 25, 2018

Planning a Trip Abroad?

What’s the local drinking age? That is a question that is not always considered while planning a trip abroad with teenagers. However addressing situations that may arise […]
April 17, 2018
Click to play PSA on teen driving

Prepare for the Unexpected Teens Staying Alert on the Road

In this latest public service announcement (PSA), airing at DHS and HPHS, teens learn to be ready for the unexpected by staying alert and drug-free while […]
April 17, 2018

4/20 – Just an Ordinary Day?

What Parents Should Know Cannabis users celebrate April 20th as a “holiday” — specifically at 4:20 in the afternoon. The origins of “420” are not clearly […]
March 23, 2018

“Nah, No Thanks, I’m Good” – The Many Ways Teens Say “NO”

There are many ways teens can say no without losing face to friends. A new public service announcement (PSA) currently playing on monitors in common areas of DHS and […]
March 23, 2018
Teens on Spring Break

Spring Break: Trusting Your Teen While Setting Clear Limits

Require supervision on spring break trips. Even the most responsible teen is not prepared for challenges they may face. While you may trust your teen, it’s important […]
March 8, 2018
Dr. Aaron Weiner presents to local parents

Clearing the Vapor: Filtering Facts from Myths on Vaping, Juuling and Cannabis

“It [vaping] is so easy to hide now. It’s all new and we don’t even know what to look for. If you don’t have the language, […]
September 1, 2017
Girls in dresses showing wrist coursages

Homecoming is Almost Here

Your Teen Still Counts on You! Homecoming — a rite of passage that often comes with higher rates of underage drinking — is an opportunity for parents to […]
September 1, 2017
Parent Resources Goodie Bag

Breaking Down “The Talk” into Little Bites

Research shows that parents are the number one reason teens choose not to use alcohol or other drugs, and the best way to share your expectations is […]
August 11, 2017
Collage of photos of teens together

New Brochure: Parent Tips for Teen Parties

Community the Anti-Drug is committed to providing resources to support parents in keeping youth drug and alcohol free. The brochure Parent Tips for Teen Parties (also available in […]
June 15, 2017
Teens together at sunset

Turn Up the Conversation Heat

June/July are Peak Times for Teen Drinking & Drug Use Summertime presents our teens with a lot of unplanned free time and unexpected social pressures. Teens may turn to […]
April 13, 2017
Key in lock

Lock it Up!

Where do kids get alcohol? Well, we asked them.  Of those who drank alcohol in the previous 30 days, 12% of the 8th graders, 22% of the […]
March 20, 2017
Teenage girls on beach taking selfie

Spring Break: Vacation from Routine Not from Rules

Research shows unsupervised youth (whether home or on vacation) are 3 times more likely to engage in risky behaviors. The good news is that when parents/guardians […]
February 27, 2017
Mother and daughter sitting on bed talking

Strengthening Bonds To Keep Your Child Safe

The Nighttime Chat is the New Bedtime Story! How do you stay involved with your child when school and social activities involve you less and less? A […]
February 15, 2017

Communication is Key

Results of the Illinois Youth Survey show that most Deerfield High School and Highland Park High School students — 70% — choose to be alcohol free. […]
January 19, 2017

How to Keep Your Cool with Your Teen

We have all heard it before: Don’t let your emotions get the best of you when your teen’s emotions go into overdrive. Easier said than done, […]
January 4, 2017

What’s the Big Deal about Marijuana? And How Your Teen Can Be Your Greatest Resource

With many states passing medical marijuana laws, and in some cases laws for recreational use of marijuana, it’s sometimes hard to convey that marijuana use can […]
October 18, 2016

Parent Guide to Hosting Teen Parties

Parties are an important part of young people’s lives for socialization, relaxation, and entertainment. Unfortunately, hosting or going to a party often includes other activities that could […]
August 26, 2016

Typical Teenage Behavior?

While most teens in our area make the healthy choice to not use alcohol and other drugs, others are struggling with frequent use or addiction. For […]
June 22, 2016
Summer and Transitions

Transitions and Summertime

Transitions and Summertime School is out, and the passage from school to summer comes with plenty of transitions for our teens. Tweens are transitioning from grade […]
May 29, 2016
Father and Son Talking

Parents: Your Words and Actions are Powerful

Parents: Your Words and Actions are Powerful While parent-child conversations about not drinking are essential, talking isn’t enough. As kids become teens, the pressures to drink become almost […]
May 29, 2016
Talk to Your Kids about Drugs

Talk to Your Kids: They Do Hear You

Talk to Your Kids: They Do Hear You When it comes to talking to children about alcohol and drugs, parents are often uneasy about what to say, leading […]