Parents, Prevention

Winning Words

Drug Free Charlotte County has recently started an elementary school outreach to encourage resiliency and unity in families. Something as simple as a reminder of what we already know to do - but forget to do, is sometimes all it takes to make a difference. Winning Words is a parent pick up distribution of words… Continue reading Winning Words

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Addiction, National Observances, Prescription Drug Misuse, Prevention

Its Overdose Awareness Day

It’s "Fri-yay"!!! We’ve made it through another long week of “please cover your mouth when you sneeze” carpools, “if you don’t sign I get in trouble” agenda signing, “I hate sandwiches” lunch packing, “I need another drink of water” bedtimes, “I forgot my cleats” soccer practices, and “I don’t understand this” homework…..the grind!  This Friday… Continue reading Its Overdose Awareness Day

Parents, Prevention

Under Pressure…

As we pulled out of the school parking lot yesterday, I asked my  12-year-old how her day was.  “Fine”, was apparently all she could muster.  I continued to prod with questions about her new classes and teachers, if she had any old friends in her classes, etc. until eventually she made some sassy remark to me basically saying she didn’t want to talk about it.  I can’t remember her exact words because I’m pretty sure I was seeing red by that point in shock that this 12-year-old, whom I do everything for, was seriously talking to me in that tone of voice!  After a few minutes of silence though, while I tamed the dragon inside of me that wanted to spew fire out, I asked her “what’s wrong”.  She said she was just stressed out. 

Parents, Prevention, Safe Socializing, Social Norms

Parent Talk: Stages of Summer

"I'm bored".  The dreaded summer whining that parents everywhere are trying to avoid hearing at least for the first few weeks of summer.  There's always "those parents" who seem to have every moment of summer booked with life changing enrichment activities, but most of the rest of us are just struggling through trying to find some… Continue reading Parent Talk: Stages of Summer