Parent Talk:Your Teens and Relationships

At times, those of us in prevention can sound like a broken record when it comes to the important role of parents in preventing youth substance use. While it may be readily accepted as a truth in parenting, we may not always follow up with the “how”… Well, here we are - intent on following up… Continue reading Parent Talk:Your Teens and Relationships


Chocolate Chips and Connecting

As I moved at a snail’s pace at the parent drop off line at the first of three schools for the day, I found myself looking at all the cars and kiddos as they exited.  I wondered what kind of parents were in each of them.  I found myself being very judgy…of myself. The thoughts… Continue reading Chocolate Chips and Connecting

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