WANT TO RAISE SUCCESSFUL KIDS? SCIENCE SAYS THESE 7 HABITS LEAD TO GREAT OUTCOMES

By Bill Murphy, Jr, INC, April 2021

“It’s not just one study. It’s study after study after study. I’ve long been on mission to collect science-based parenting advice, and share it both here here in my column on Inc.com and in my continuously updated (free) e-book, How to Raise Successful Kids, which is now in its 7th edition.”

“Here’s a short list of just a few of the most interesting and useful studies that I’ve found, and the habits they suggest for successful parents.”

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WHY SMALL CONVERSATIONS MAKE A BIG IMPRESSION

By Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

“Short, frequent discussions can have a real impact on your child’s decisions about alcohol. Talking to your child at an early age about drinking is the first step toward keeping them alcohol-free. But as they enter junior high and high school, the pressure to try alcohol increases. It’s important to continue the conversation throughout adolescence.”

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SCIENTISTS ANSWER ADDICTION QUESTIONS FROM TEENS

By Just Think Twice

Every year, the National Institute on Drug Abuse usually hosts a Chat Day during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. During this event, some the nation’s top scientists answer drug-related questions from students across the country. 

Check out the questions about addiction teens asked during 2019’s Chat Day, along with the answers from scientists.  Mark your calendars for the next Chat Day: March 24, 2021!

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SELF-HARM CLAIMS AMONG U.S. TEENAGERS INCREASED 99% DURING PANDEMIC, STUDY FINDS

By Tommy Beer, Forbes, March 2021

“The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on the mental health of teenagers in the United States, according to an analysis of medical records and insurance claims conducted by nonprofit FAIR Health, which found that overdoses, intentional self-harm claims, substance use disorders and claims for depression and anxiety disorders all increased substantially in 2020 compared to the prior year.”

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FAMILY CHECKUP: POSITIVE PARENTING PREVENTS DRUG USE

By National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH)

“This publication presents evidence-based information developed by the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon. It highlights parenting skills that are important in preventing the initiation and progression of drug use among youth. This publication also provides access to video clips that can help you practice positive parenting skills.”

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KIDS HAVE QUESTIONS. DO YOU HAVE THE ANSWERS?

A Parent Handbook By Addiction is Real

In this parent handbook, Addiction is Real provides parents support to keep their children substance-free. Topics include how to talk to your kids about substance misuse based on their age group: preschoolers, 5-10, 11-14, 15-18; the teenage brain, top 10 ways to keep kids off drugs & more.  A MUST READ for parents!

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STRATEGIES TO PREVENT ALCOHOL & TOBACCO USE

By Keep Connected-A Family Engagement Program by the Search Institute

“Different families and cultures have different attitudes regarding underage drinking and tobacco use. Whatever perspectives, values, and experiences your family has, it is important to address this issue honestly—particularly during the middle school years when these behaviors tend to start, even though they are illegal in the United States.”

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THE MENTAL HEALTH TOLL OF PARENTING DURING A PANDEMIC

By A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez, Everyday Health, January 2021

“The pandemic has created indescribable amounts of grief, loss, and devastation, leaving us to process incomparable amounts of stress. Still, while media conversations tend to focus on the physical and financial consequences for individuals, many parents feel alone, suffocating under the weight of a society that was already severely underserving us. “

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PARENTS GUIDE TO GETTING GOOD CARE

By Child Mind Institute

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SUD’S TALE-BEGINNING CONCEPTS OF ADDICTION FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

From Caron Treatment, Written by Sarah Martinez

“For young children, explaining the concept of addiction is challenging. It can be hard for adults to wrap their heads around, so imagine you are a child and your parent can’t stop using. Caron has developed a wonderful video to open up a dialogue with children about addiction and recovery in a way they can understand. SUD is a blue lizard who is smart but a little awkward until he discovers a special bean that turns him into a dragon. Soon SUD finds that he is dependent on the bean. See how SUD discovers the benefits of recovery.”

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MOST TEENS DON’T DRINK OR USE DRUGS. HOW TO HELP YOUR KIDS AVOID IT TOO

By Partnership to End Addiction

“There are many reasons why young people use or try substances. In some cases, it can be as simple as being offered a drink or vape. To encourage healthy decision making, we recommend parents focus on fostering their child’s.”

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TEEN DRIVING

By National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

“NHTSA’s Teen Driving site contains information on States’ driver licensing requirements for teens as well as ideas and resources to help you—the parents—lay down the ground rules with your aspiring driver before you hand over the car keys. Here you will find in-depth information on some of the most common safety problems novice teen drivers should avoid. Educate yourself about the consequences of illegal alcohol use by minors, the benefits of seat belt use, the growing epidemic of distracted driving, and much more.”

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INSURANCE PROGRAMS THAT HELP TEEN DRIVERS

By Ashley Chorpenning & Jason Metz, Forbes, November 2020

“A quarter of teen drivers surveyed between 2014 and 2017 reported being involved in one or more car accidents, according to the most recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Young Driver Survey. The survey also found that these accidents resulted from bad judgements  such as driving late at night, reading text messages while driving, speeding and drinking alcohol.”

“While the only way for a young driver to gain experience on the road is to keep driving, some auto insurance companies have developed programs to help teens curb bad driving behaviors and improve driving skills.”

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AN ANGEL ON THE SHOULDER OF YOUR TEENAGE DRIVER (OR AT LEAST A SNITCH)

By Paul Stenquist, The New York Times, November 2020

“Technological advances have made cars safer in many ways. There are systems that brake if a collision is imminent; warn the driver and take control if the car leaves the lane, and issue alerts when pedestrians are about to step into the road. To those, add systems that will warn parents if their teenager is misbehaving behind the wheel.”

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IT’S HARD TO BE A QUARANTEEN

By Jessica Grose, New York Times Parenting, October 2020

“Generation Z is not a monolith — it’s made up of millions of individuals with very different backgrounds, personalities and life circumstances. Which explains why a handful of new studies have shown that the pandemic has been a mixed bag for teenagers, and that teens who are worried about their basic needs being met are more depressed than those who have more stable financial circumstances.”

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TRICK OR TREATING AND OTHER HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES

By Center for Disease Control & Prevention(CDC), October 2020

“Traditional Halloween activities are fun, but some can increase the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 or influenza. Plan alternate ways to participate in Halloween.”

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IS SUBSTANCE USE A PART OF “NORMAL” TEEN BEHAVIOR?

By Partnership to End Addiction

“We immunize. We require seat belts in the car and helmets while biking. We insist on sunscreen. We do just about everything we can to ensure that our kids are healthy, safe and primed for success. But when it comes to drinking alcohol or even smoking marijuana, why does it seem so easy to shrug it off as “a rite of passage” or ‘just experimenting’?”

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YOUNG VOTER’S GUIDE TO SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE NEWS

By Jeff Knutson, Common Sense Media, October 2020

Whether you’re a parent, a caregiver, or an educator, we encourage you to use our research-backed content to help young voters navigate the digital landscape this election season.

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BUILDING CONNECTIONS WITH YOUR KIDS CAN PREVENT SUBSTANCE USE, ADDICTION

By Chris Herren and Creighton Drury, The Worcester Telegram, October 2020

“Every year, Chris Herren draws upon his personal journey to recovery to talk with thousands of young people about substance use, emotional health and wellness; at the same time, the organization Creighton Drury leads – Partnership to End Addiction – engages with parents from all over the country through its helpline, to address their very real concerns about their children’s substance use. As the school year commences, Chris and Creighton are calling upon parents and students to stay connected and keep talking.”

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A SKILLBUILDING COURSE ADDRESSING TEEN SUBSTANCE USE

Self Paced Course By Partnership To End Addiction

This course will teach you how to:

  • Respond when your child pushes your buttons
  • Have a conversation rather than a confrontation
  • Encourage healthier behaviors
  • Set reasonable limits
  • Use consequences effectively

This course is designed to be taken at your own pace. There are nine lessons in total and each can be completed in 10 to 15 minutes. You can start, pause or stop at any point along the way. After registering and answering a few initial questions, you can get started right away on changing things for the better.

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PREVENTING TEEN DRUG USE: ENCOURAGE HEALTHY RISK TAKING

By Partnership to End Addiction, September 2020

“Teenagers engage in risk-taking behaviors to find out who they are, not necessarily to be rebellious or intentionally disobey their parents. Most parents are terrified at the thought of their teenagers taking risks, but that’s because many parents think of teen risk-taking as binge drinking, using drugs, vaping or other potentially dangerous behaviors. But risk taking is not always a negative thing, and healthy risk taking can actually build confidence and help strengthen leadership skills among teens.”

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7 WAYS TO GET KIDS TO ACTUALLY PAY ATTENTION DURING REMOTE LEARNING

By Catherine Pearson, Huff Post, September 2020

“Here are seven ways to try to get all kids — but especially young learners — to pay attention during remote learning. Good luck to us all!”

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NERVES ON EDGE IN YOUR HOME?

By Delaney Ruston, MD, Screenagers Tech Talk Tuesdays, September 2020

“Today I am sharing some ideas for parents to help decrease tension in the home. Focusing on what we can do – rather than what others are doing that annoys us – is key in bringing down our anxious feelings. And we all know that bringing down our own stress level works wonders in lowering stress in the entire home. “

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CARON DIGITAL LEARNING PROGRAM VIDEO LIBRARY

By Caron Educational Department

Caron’s Prevention Specialists regularly add video clips with quick tips for parents and educators. Sample topics include:

  • Is your teen vaping? Know the signs
  • How to talk to your teen about marijuana
  • Modeling responsible alcohol use

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FAMILY RESOURCES FOR REMOTE LEARNING

By Child Mind Institute, August 2020

“Clinicians from {Child Mind’s} Learning and Development Center have organized resources for parents who are suddenly responsible for the home school environment. These resources, broken down by age groups, include academic materials, worksheets, activities, videos, games, and more.”

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HOW PARENTS CAN SET THE STAGE FOR SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION THIS SCHOOL YEAR

By Christine Storm, Director of Community Education, Caron, August, 2020

“When it comes to substance use, this is one area where you don’t want to let down your guard and get lax. Would you let your child play football without a helmet? Would you let them snowboard down a black diamond without a helmet? No, because you want to protect them from damaging their brain.”

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PREPARING YOUR KIDS FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR DURING COVID-19

By Ellen Greenlaw, Boston Children’s Hospital Discoveries, August 2020

“With so many questions around school reopening, many parents don’t know how to prepare their kids for the upcoming year. For guidance, we turned to Erica Lee and Heather Potts, psychologists in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital.”

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TIPS FOR SETTING UP SCHOOL AT HOME

By Delaney Ruston, MD, Screenagers, August 2020

“A recent study found that 30% of students in the U.S. do not have adequate devices or internet for optimal home learning. With whatever device a student uses for online school, there is often another tech device that can be a source of temptation and distraction.”

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COVID AND THE CLASSROOM QUESTIONS ANSWERED ON ‘TODAY’

By Lisa Tolin, Today, August 2020

“TODAY’s Craig Melvin spoke with Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo, an epidemiologist and senior scholar at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, and Michael Hinojosa, superintendent of Dallas schools. They answered questions about COVID-19 and schools from Craig and viewers.”

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WORKING FROM HOME GIVES MOTHERS NO BREAK

By Stephanie Ebbert, Boston Globe Staff, August 2020

“Mothers working from home during April and May reported feeling anxious, depressed, and lonely at significantly higher rates than fathers, who actually experienced less anxiety when working from home. Men, conversely, reported much higher levels of hopelessness when they were unemployed.”

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YOU CAN VISIT THESE OUTDOOR ATTRACTIONS IN MASS RIGHT NOW

By Kristi Palma, Boston.com Staff, July 2020

“As restrictions over the coronavirus pandemic ease and folks once again think of travel, many are eyeing road trips and destinations closer to home, according to a recent Tripadvisor report.”

“The following spots near the coast, recommended by tourism experts, are currently open or partially open for an outdoor escape.”

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RITUALS KEEP THESE ATHLETES GROUNDED. THEY CAN HELP PARENTS, TOO

By Neha Chaudhary, M.D., The New York Times, July 2020

“I see rituals as anchors, not only for athletes but for all of us, to help us remember who we are and how to navigate life. By adopting our own rituals, we can bring calm, meaning and connectedness to our lives and families.”

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SUMMER BUCKET LIST 2020

By Dallas Ernst, AAA

“With crowd-less sporting events, cancelled concerts and places like parks and beaches allowing less visitors, the summer of 2020 will certainly look different, but there’s still plenty you can do to make the most of the season. From ways to cool down to classic summer games, foods and outings, our summer bucket list is filled with activities you can enjoy from home, in your own backyard and locally.”

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10 ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH GRANDPARENTS ON ZOOM

By Jody Mercier, Mommy Poppins

“For families like mine, with grandparents spread across the country, a Zoom date is an easy, satisfying way to foster face-to-face connections between generations. While a casual chat is fun in itself, sometimes we like to up the ante and incorporate some fun activities into the video session. Here are our 10 favorite activities and games that kids can do with grandparents over Zoom.”

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BEST NEW KIDS’ BOOKS FOR SUMMER READING: AGE-BY-AGE LIST FOR PRESCHOOLERS TO TEENS

By Kelley Hayworth, Mommy Poppins

“We polled librarians, parents, and publishers for their top summer reading picks, and came up with 30 exciting new books published in 2020 to suit various age groups, including preschoolers, early readers, middle schoolers, and high schoolers.”

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MASSACHUSETTS EASES REGULATIONS ON CHILD CARE CENTERS AND SUMMER CAMPS

By Diane Cho, NBC10 Boston, June 2020

“The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care is adjusting its guidelines for reopening child care amid the coronavirus crisis.”

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100 FUN SUMMER IDEAS FOR KIDS & PARENTS

By Laureen Miles Brunelli, Verywell Family, 2020

“Check out this list of 100 things you and your kids can do to fight off summertime boredom. Don’t let your kids have all the fun—many of these activities are fun for the whole family to share. So join in!”

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26 AT HOME ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

By Megan Johnson, Family Vacation Critic, 2020

This List of various activities from the Family Vacation Critic can help spark new ideas on how to keep busy this summer!

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TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT RACISM, EARLY AND OFTEN

By Jessica Grose, New York Times Parenting, June 2020

“Many parents are wondering how to talk about the deaths and unrest with their children. But just as important in the long run, especially for nonblack parents, is how to keep the conversation about race and racism going when we’re not in a moment of national outrage, and to make sure all children see black people as heroes in a wide range of their own stories, and not just as victims of oppression.”

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TEENS BRAINS ARE TO BLAME FOR LACK OF SOCIAL DISTANCING

By Dr. Judith G. Edersheim, Naples Daily News, May 2020

“The research shows that brain development occurs in stages: The areas of the brain responsible for basic drives and reward-seeking behavior mature first, before the areas controlling more complex actions like impulse control, planning and complex reasoning. The latter area, called the prefrontal cortex, is not yet fully developed in adolescence. In fact, it doesn’t finish developing until around the mid-20s.”


PARENTS IN THIS MASS. TOWN COULD FACE A $300 FINE IF THEIR KIDS GATHER IN GROUPS

By WCVB 5 News Boston, April 2020

“In a letter to Cohasset residents, the town’s public health agent said failure to comply with Gov. Charlie Baker’s COVID-19 state of emergency order could result in a $300 per day fine.”

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ALL THE VIRTUAL CONCERTS, PLAYS, MUSEUMS AND OTHER CULTURE YOU CAN ENJOY FROM HOME

By AJ Willingham & Hena Sharma, CNN, April 2020

“Countless cultural experiences have been brought to our small screens as we spend more time at home. And while nothing can replicate the swell of a live orchestra or the quiet murmur of an art gallery, there are numerous cultural experiences at your fingertips to help make your time indoors more artful and imaginative.”

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IN A TIME OF DISRUPTION, PROTECTING YOUR CHILD FROM THE RISKS OF SUBSTANCE USE

By Linda Richter PH. D, Director of Prevention Research and Analysis, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, March 2020

“Be kind to yourself. Give yourself a break. While effective parenting should not be put on hold, neither does it need to be put in overdrive. We do not need to feel obliged to create the perfect homeschooling environment for our children, schedule their every waking moment and make the most of their wide-open time.”

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WELCOMING AN ADULT CHILD BACK HOME BECAUSE OF COVID-19

By Kevin Collins, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, March 2020

“You’re likely experiencing a variety of emotions — happy and thankful that your child is healthy, safe and back at home, or perhaps, concerned about how your family will manage with everyone under one roof. How long this will last and what will the academic, financial or health outcomes be?”

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HELPING CHILDREN COPE WITH EMERGENCIES

By The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

“Regardless of your child’s age, he or she may feel upset or have other strong emotions after an emergency. Some children react right away, while others may show signs of difficulty much later. How a child reacts and the common signs of distress can vary according to the child’s age, previous experiences, and how the child typically copes with stress.”

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COPING AFER A DISASTER CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY BOOKLET

By The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created an activity booklet to help parents and educators talk to kids about how to cope after a disaster. This booklet provides strategies for families and educators to help children talk about their feelings after a disaster and learn positive ways to express their emotions in uncertain times.

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HOW PARENTS CAN HELP YOUTH WITH STRESS

Tech Talk Tuesdays, Screenagers, March 2020

“When people get asked to rank their level of perceived stress, teens on average report higher levels than adults. There are many reasons teens report stress, including academic-related stress and stress from relationships with peers and family.”

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HOW CAN I PREVENT MY CHILD FROM OVERDOSING?

By Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, February 2020

“Your first goal is of course to encourage your child to seek treatment for their drug use. But there are things you can do to help prevent them from overdosing in the meantime.”

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HOW TO TALK TO TEENS ABOUT ALCOHOL & DRUGS

By Parent Toolkit

“If you haven’t had a talk about substance use with your teen before, now is the time to start. Check out these tips.”

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DO YOU REALLY ‘SEE’ YOUR CHILD?

By Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., The New York Times, January 2020

Helicopter parenting has become the American norm, but it may not be the best way to connect with our kids.

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TEACH YOUR KIDS TO FAIL

By Jesse Grose, The New York Times, January 2020

“Getting comfortable with setbacks will keep them curious and engaged.”

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THINGS TO DO ON WINTER BREAK: 25 FAMILY STAYCATION IDEAS

By Kathy Sima, We Have Kids, December 2019

“Here are 25 ideas for fun, inexpensive things to do over the school break that will help keep the whole family busy.”


SCIENCE SAYS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL KIDS HAVE PARENTS WHO DO THESE 5 THINGS

By Christina DesMarais, Inc.com, December, 2019

“If raising kids to be successful was an easy thing, a lot more people would be wealthy, healthy and surrounded with great relationships. In reality, getting children from infancy to adulthood so that they grow into thriving human beings takes a lot of work and intention. Here are several things experts say the parents of the most successful kids do differently.”


STUDY: KIDS WHO HAVE HELICOPTER PARENTS MORE LIKELY TO BURNOUT, HAVE A HARDER TIME TRANSITIONING TO ‘REAL WORLD’

By Cory Steig, CNBC, November, 2019

“A new study from Florida State University found that kids who had helicopter parents were more likely to experience burnout from schoolwork, and they had a harder time transitioning from school to the real world.”




AM I ENABLING ADDICTION BY HELPING MY CHILD

By Partnership for Drug-Free Kids & Center on Addiction


THE ONE QUESTION EVERY PARENT SHOULD QUIT ASKING

Huffington Post


HIGH SCHOOLERS WHO DON’T DATE ARE LESS DEPRESSED THAN THEIR COUNTERPARTS

CNN Health, October 2019


MEMO TO PARENTS: THE COLLEGE YEARS WILL BE OVER BEFORE YOU KNOW IT

The Boston Globe, September 2019


AN AMAZING PARENT AND A STYLISH, WELL-ADJUSTED KID

The Boston Globe, September 2019


MY SPOUSE OR PARTNER DOESN’T AGREE ON HOW TO HELP OUR CHILD WHO IS STRUGGLING WITH SUBSTANCE USE. WHAT DO I DO?

Partnership For Drug-Free Kids, August, 2019