Parents, Prevention

Setting Rules

As I browse through my TimeHop app and see pictures of my children just a few years ago, I am painfully aware that I have fewer and fewer years left with my kids before they are grown and ready to fly out of the nest.  I swear it was just yesterday I was holding their… Continue reading Setting Rules

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Health and Wellness, Parents, Prevention

Stress Busting Ninja

It’s 8 am and I’m already exhausted.  So far, I’ve gotten all three kids ready, fed, and off to 3 different schools despite the fact that my oldest “never has anything to wear” and my youngest spent the entire car ride sobbing because he couldn’t bring the snail he found on the driveway, I showered… Continue reading Stress Busting Ninja

Alcohol, Parents, Social Norms, Underage Alcohol Use

The Talk

“Mom, my friends are all going to a party and I want to go”.  The words pinged around my brain like a pin ball, lighting up every fear receptor imaginable.  A party?  Already?  What if they have alcohol or drugs there?  Have I talked to her enough about drugs and alcohol….have I talked to her… Continue reading The Talk

Addiction, Alcohol, Marijuana, Prevention, Recovery, Resources

The Six Fix for Holiday Blues

The holidays are here! It’s my favorite time of the year.  The smells from the kitchen, the lights, the decorations, family all together laughing and having fun, and traditions passed down from generation to generation.  Everyone I run into seems a little more joyful and kind.  However, the holidays aren’t so joyful for everyone.  In… Continue reading The Six Fix for Holiday Blues

National Observances, Prevention, Resources, Suicide

No Boundaries – Suicide Prevention Day

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in our nation, the 9th leading cause of death in the State of Florida.  Suicide not only rocks a family, but entire schools, work places and the community.    The word “suicide” evokes uncomfortable feelings and it’s not a desired conversation over a business lunch, meeting, or the… Continue reading No Boundaries – Suicide Prevention Day

Addiction, Marijuana, Science-Research

Myth Or Science? Pt. 1 – Marijuana and Addiction

  Over the next few months, we will be exploring what science tells us about some ideas related marijuana. One of the more frequently shared ideas is that marijuana, unlike other drugs, is not addictive, and it is easy to just stop using it.  Another is, that if addiction is possible, it is rare and… Continue reading Myth Or Science? Pt. 1 – Marijuana and Addiction

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Alcohol, Environmental Strategies, Prevention, Safe Socializing, Social Norms

Advocating for safe socializing

(This guest blog post was reprinted, by permission of the author, Pamela S. Erickson. Ms. Erickson is a leader in the field of alcohol regulation, policy and education. Visit her website: http://www.healthyalcoholmarket.com ) There has been great news on the underage drinking front.Young people are not so interested in getting drunk. In both the US… Continue reading Advocating for safe socializing