Have you ever said this to your child...?

“What were you thinking?” Most parents have said this to their tween or teen, or at least thought it, at one time or another. Sometimes our children can surprise us with impulsive or risky behaviors, and we might be thrown off guard by it. “I thought I taught him to know better than that,” we might worry to ourselves.

Actually, neuroscience has an explanation for us. The human brain is not fully developed neurologically until the mid-20s. See a brief, but informative video hereImpressive changes are happening as synaptic pruning takes place during adolescence. Read more » about Have you ever said this to your child...?

Helping Teens Shatter the Myths About Drugs

Many teens are not aware of the serious risks drugs and alcohol pose to their health, to their success in school, and to their future. So the question is: What can communities do to effectively educate this generation of teens about drug abuse? One way is for school staff, parents, and students to work together on awareness events that will provide teens with the facts about drug use. National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) is a national health observance designed to arm communities with the materials and tools they need to influence teens to say no to drugs. Inspired by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institute of Health, NDFW is in its fifth year and will be held from January 26 through February 1, 2015. Read more » about Helping Teens Shatter the Myths About Drugs

Keeping your Children Safe Online

According to the latest Pew Research study, 95% of all teens are now online and 81% are using some form of social media! So if you have a teen, the likelihood of them being online and using social media is pretty high. Do you know what they are up to? Read more » about Keeping your Children Safe Online

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