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Parenting Middle Schoolers in a Pandemic

Parenting Middle Schoolers in a Pandemic

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QuarenTEEN Tips from HPHS Student: Nicole Mlynski

QuarenTEEN Tips from HPHS Student: Nicole Mlynski

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QuarenTEEN Tips from HPHS Student: Olivia Alvarez

QuarenTEEN Tips from HPHS Student: Olivia Alvarez

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DHS versus HPHS Parents

DHS versus HPHS Parents

DHS versus HPHS Parents Help Us Reach our Goal & Support our Youth Which high school's parents will be the...
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Vaping, Alcohol Use and COVID-19

Vaping, Alcohol Use and COVID-19

Vaping, Alcohol Use and COVID-19 Health experts believe that those who smoke, vape or drink alcohol are at higher risk...
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Keeping Teens Connected: Support is a Call or Text Away

Keeping Teens Connected: Support is a Call or Text Away

Keeping Teens Connected Support is a Call or Text Away Even though teens don't have the usual access to school...
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Parenting in a Pandemic

Parenting in a Pandemic

Parenting in a Pandemic 60 Second Conversation Starters about Anxiety & Social Distancing Here are resources to help you navigate...
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Staying Connected in the Age of Social Distancing

Staying Connected in the Age of Social Distancing

Staying Connected in the Age of Social Distancing Finding ways to remain connected without the physical closeness is challenging, but...
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PARENT SURVEY REMINDER: Espresso Your Thoughts

PARENT SURVEY REMINDER: Espresso Your Thoughts

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Parent Tip: Every parent faces issues with their children. Remember that you are not alone. Most importantly, start talking, keep talking, listen and take action.

10 Things You Can Do

  1. Discuss the risks associated with drug and alcohol use.
  2. Talk with your children about your values regarding drug and alcohol use and establish clear no use rules.
  3. Keep track of alcohol in your home and make sure teens can’t access it.
  4. Keep prescription drugs locked or hidden from children or teens. Dispose of unused or expired drugs.
  5. Connect with other families to keep our teens safe.
  6. Model appropriate behavior.
  7. Establish safety mechanisms if your child is in an unsafe situation.
  8. Praise your children for the positive choices and things they do.
  9. Try to eat meals together as a family as much as possible.
  10. Stay aware of your children’s grades, activities, and friendships

When to Intervene?

If you’ve discovered that your child is drinking or doing drugs, the first thing you need to do is take a deep breath. You are not in this alone – there are many people who can and will help you. Start by talking with people you know, such as family members, friends, teachers, school counselors, sports team coaches, clergy, and your doctor. All of these people, along with many others, can help you get focused and determine what to do.

You can never be too safe or intervene too early – even if you believe your teen is just “experimenting”. Casual or experimental use can quickly turn into abuse, dependence or addiction; leading to accidents, legal trouble, and serious health problems. If you are at all concerned about your child – you can and should intervene.

Visit the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids for a parent checklist with information and videos to help guide you through the steps above.

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