Answers to Some Tough Parenting Questions, by Joan Stein Jenkins, Esq.

Answers to Some Tough Parenting Questions, by Joan Stein Jenkins, Esq.

The first thing every parent needs to remember is that none of us is perfect. These questions are hard and none of us is always spot on. But I think that there are a few critical ground rules to bear in mind that can help us with these difficult conversations. Why these rules? Well, they are the same principles I apply every time I meet someone really in need, and, after decades of practice, I’ve found them to be pretty effective.

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The Families Connected Parent Chat: Supporting Us so We Can Help Our Youth Thrive

The Families Connected Parent Chat: Supporting Us so We Can Help Our Youth Thrive

Now two years in, the Parent Chat is going strong with an average of 10 - 16 parents and caregivers joining us each week. Topics range from sharing concerns and strategies around helping our kids manage screen time, to supporting kids struggling with anxiety, or depression, or substance use… It’s a long list. No matter what the topic, we strive to ensure that everyone is heard and supported. And that they are not alone.

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A Word to Parents on Teen Alcohol and Drug Use, by Joan Stein Jenkins, Manhattan Beach City Prosecutor

A Word to Parents on Teen Alcohol and Drug Use, by Joan Stein Jenkins, Manhattan Beach City Prosecutor

... I have seen a wide array of teen problems, many of which are drug and alcohol related. In this context, I should like us to examine both the direct and indirect harms that can arise as a consequence of use and the ways to bring teens back on track. As both a parent and prosecutor, I believe these three assertions to be true: 

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