Advice | What parents are getting wrong about teens and sexting
In this article, Elizabeth Chang of the Washington Post addresses what parents are doing incorrectly in regard to their teenagers and sexting. Chang offers insight on what parents need to know about sexting and how to approach their teens about it. To read more of this article, please click here.
Super Bowl Champ Teaches Leadership
This past August, the Greater West Bloomfield Community Coalition invited Super Bowl champion linebacker Greg Jones to teach middle school students about leadership and character. Please click here to read the full article about this event.
All the Places Kids Hide Drugs
Operation Medicine Cabinet
Oakland County Sheriff and Home Instead Senior Care have created Operation Medicine Cabinet, a safe and easy way to dispose of expired or no longer needed prescription drugs. Click here for drop off locations and times in our community. Every little action counts!
Clear the Smoke
Fact Sheets: Community Information about Marijuana Use
New App Helps Parents Talk About Underage Drinking With Children
Teen Proof Your Home
Be a Parent, Not a Pal
Being a parent is more than being your children’s friend. You are your children’s first line of defense against the dangers of drug and alcohol use, and the first resource they have to learn the tools to resist dangerous choices.
The following are resources and strategies you can use to deter your children from using drugs and alcohol, ensure that they are in safe and secure environments, and give them the skills to handle challenging situations.
- Monitor teens while they are in your home.
- Set a curfew and consistently enforce house rules.
- Inquire of another parent about a gathering or party to verify safe situations and supervised homes.
- Welcome telephone calls at your home verifying supervision of gatherings at your own home.
- Check amount and levels of open alcohol beverages in your home.
- Talk to your teen daily.
- Attempt to meet your child’s friends and their parents as their environment changes.
- Call authorities or other parents to report unsafe situations, parties or gatherings.
- Help your child figure out how to handle risky situations with a plan of action.
A mother expresses her concerns about the future problems her child would be facing as an average American teenager.