Vaping - Facts for Teens

Vaping - Facts for Teens

How can parents and schools combat this trend? For one thing, we can connect our students with the real facts about the chemicals and nicotine that are in most e-cigarettes and in JUULs, a popular stealth vape device. Edutopia reported that a recent survey by the Truth Initiative found that 63 percent of 15- to 24-year-old previous 30-day users surveyed did not know that vapor pods, which come in hundreds of kid-friendly flavors like gummy worms, cotton candy, and unicorn puke, contain highly addictive nicotine—a single pod containing 200 puffs can have just as much as a pack of Marlboros or Camels. 

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Summer: Time to Unplug and Reconnect, by Laura Short McIntire

Summer: Time to Unplug and Reconnect, by Laura Short McIntire

As parents or caregivers, we all want to enjoy a meaningful connection with our kids. Interestingly, research now provides proof that maintaining and nurturing this bond is one of the most significant protective factors when it comes to our children's long-term social and emotional wellness. According to the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, “The single most common factor for children who develop resilience (the ability to overcome serious hardship) is at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive parent, caregiver, or other adult.”

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The Power of Relationships, by Jennifer Elledge (Barber), MPH, CHES

The Power of Relationships, by Jennifer Elledge (Barber), MPH, CHES

Growing up is getting harder and harder these days, and it’s happening a lot sooner than it once did. Parents want and need to talk to their kids about life topics like self-esteem and confidence, friendship, safety, peer pressure, sex, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, and healthy relationships. We need to be sure to have meaningful conversations like these often and spend quality time together. As parents know, this is easier said than done. Below are some specific evidence-based reasons to try to establish a positive connection and meaningful communication with your teen, and strategies that will help you succeed. 

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Helping Youth Develop Healthy Coping Skills: Families Connected Mindfulness Workshop Series

Helping Youth Develop Healthy Coping Skills: Families Connected Mindfulness Workshop Series

The workshop instructor, Kimberly Digilio can relate to the pressure that today's youth experience. She shares that, “Growing up, I was never very kind to myself. I worked incredibly hard and achieved many successes but never took the time to celebrate them." For Kim, meditation was the key. "Meditation changed the way I saw myself in the world around me, and it taught me to accept the highs and lows in my life with more compassion and less judgment.” Our hope is that all youth can find that self-compassion and perspective. 

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ADD and My Kid, Part 2: After the Diagnosis—Concerns About Self-medicating

ADD and My Kid, Part 2: After the Diagnosis—Concerns About Self-medicating

After my oldest daughter was diagnosed with ADHD her freshman year of high school, I began to worry—and for good reason. She was fourteen and I’d witnessed what happened when someone self-medicated through high school and beyond. My adopted brother, who was four years older than me, had ADHD growing up. I watched my parents worry about him from the time he started grade school. They'd get calls from his teachers complaining that he’d disrupted class or had a hard time focusing that day. His report cards reflected his struggles, and when Mom and Dad would talk to him about that, he’d have outbursts—sometimes unable to control his emotions. 

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Our Kids and Opioids: It's Time to Talk

Our Kids and Opioids: It's Time to Talk

“Let’s stop judging. Please don’t say ‘not my kid.’ Please listen,” said Howorth to over 60 attendees at a panel titled “Our Kids and Opioids: It’s Time to Talk.” Joining Mayor Howorth were Cynthia Strand, a Manhattan Beach mom who lost her son to opioid addiction and Dr. Moe Gelbart, executive director of the Torrance Memorial Thelma McMillen Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment. 

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My Brother's Struggle with Opioid Addiction...My Struggle with Parenting, By Franca Stadvec

My Brother's Struggle with Opioid Addiction...My Struggle with Parenting, By Franca Stadvec

My youngest brother became a stoner by his junior year in high school. By his senior year of college, he was a heroin addict. I will not bore you with my family history, but basically, great family, great parents, grew up in an affluent area.There did not appear to be any reason that my brother would become a heroin addict, none. But he did.

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LGBTQ+: My Perspective as a Mother and Therapist, by Linda Reeves, MA, LMFT

LGBTQ+: My Perspective as a Mother and Therapist, by Linda Reeves, MA, LMFT

As I watched my son walk toward me across the school lawn to my car, I studied his face and posture in anticipation of his report on how his day had gone at middle school.  The afterschool pick-up routine had come to include a conversation about the mean remarks, dirty stares and shoves he’d received from the other students; boys he had grown up with since Kindergarten.  Remembering the helplessness I felt in those moments causes my chest to tighten

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Things I Wish I Knew: Helping Your Highly Sensitive Teen, by a Manhattan Beach mom

Things I Wish I Knew: Helping Your Highly Sensitive Teen, by a Manhattan Beach mom

I recently learned about the concept of Highly Sensitive People, and realized that one of my children absolutely exhibited so many of the traits associated with highly sensitive people. I can’t help but wish I had been able to identify this trait, make her aware of it, and help her navigate a daily routine more compatible with her biological predisposition.

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Bridging the Gap Part III: Parenting & Technology By: Randy Jo Hillier, LMFT

Bridging the Gap Part III: Parenting & Technology By: Randy Jo Hillier, LMFT

In my first two blogs I discussed the pitfalls and challenges parents face regarding their children’s usage of technology. I explored the importance of parents developing the mindset of becoming “digital parents” and the benefits of conversations wherein technology can be realistically discussed and managed in the home. This blog will address the strategies and interventions that might be additionally helpful

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Embrace the Pause: How We Parents Can Reduce Stress in Our Students’ Lives, by Dr. Nicole Wesley

Embrace the Pause: How We Parents Can Reduce Stress in Our Students’ Lives, by Dr. Nicole Wesley

Homework, projects, exams, college applications, after school activities, sports, games, and so on. There’s so much going on that causes stress and anxiety…and I’m talking about us parents! Yes, you, me, us. As I start my 21st year as an educator, eight of which were as a principal, I’ve come to realize just how impactful parents are at reducing, or, increasing the stress level in their child…and many times we don’t even know it. 

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