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Managing Back-to-School Stress

Managing Back-to-School Stress

Returning to school can be a time of excitement for many students who are eager to reconnect with friends. However, for some teens it can feel like a loss of the freedom and fun they associate with summertime. Still for others, the change in routine and increasing social…
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Why Drug Testing Matters

Why Drug Testing Matters

Saying “yes” to drug testing so our children say “no” to their peers If you’re like most parents, completing the back-to-school registration packet can be a bit overwhelming. The packet often includes a permission form for parents allowing their child to participate in…
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Child Digital Safety

Child Digital Safety

Thinking About Giving Your Child a Phone? Whether we like it or not, setting and maintaining reasonable boundaries around technology is now a fundamental part of parenting. If your family is similar to mine, one of your biggest questions may be: When is your…
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Recognizing Signs of Alcohol Poisoning

Recognizing Signs of Alcohol Poisoning

Drinking a Large Amount of Alcohol in a Short Period of Time Has Serious Consequences With summer approaching, and COVID restrictions lifting, teens may have more access to alcohol. As adults, we understand our limits when it comes to drinking alcohol. Most of…
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May Is Mental Health Awareness Month:  4 Things to Know and Do

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month: 4 Things to Know and Do

How can we help teens better cope with the pressures they face? Recognize that anxiety and depression are on the rise among school-aged youth. It’s not surprising, with the increasing academic pressure of school and the impact of social media, that young people…
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Are You a Good Listener?

Are You a Good Listener?

One of the most powerful shifts parents can make when talking to their teen is to LISTEN. While it sounds easy, there’s an art to it. Good listening requires letting go of the need to interrupt or reply too quickly with advice. Parents…
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Can Parents Teach Their Teens to Drink Responsibly?

Can Parents Teach Their Teens to Drink Responsibly?

  This question is asked a lot by parents who worry that their child may be tempted to drink in social situations. Many wonder if they should let their teen experiment with alcohol under their watchful eye. In a recent conversation with a…
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Mission Hospital Launches Campaign to Address Teen Anxiety and Substance Use

Mission Hospital Launches Campaign to Address Teen Anxiety and Substance Use

Young people today face an unprecedented amount of pressure. Even before the effects of COVID-19, rates of teen anxiety and substance use were on the rise. According to the recent Conditions of Children report by the Orange County Health Care Agency, hospitalization rates…
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Red Ribbon Week 2020

Red Ribbon Week 2020

Happy Red Ribbon Week! Red Ribbon Week is a national holiday during the last week of October and serves as a reminder to talk to young people about drugs and alcohol. Because much of the information teens learn about drugs and alcohol comes…
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Marijuana and Teen Emotional Health

Marijuana and Teen Emotional Health

With rising academic pressure, new uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, and distance learning, high school students are facing an unprecedented amount of stress and anxiety. As marijuana use has been growing in popularity following legalization, teens may see marijuana as a way to “self-medicate” and relieve…
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Could Your Teen Be at a Greater Risk for COVID-19?

Could Your Teen Be at a Greater Risk for COVID-19?

Parents and schools have been concerned about the rapid rise in the number of teens in south Orange County who have begun vaping in the past few years. And now, with the compounded risk of respiratory illness with COVID-19, it is more important…
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Marijuana: It Might Be Legal, but Is It Safe for Our Kids?

Marijuana: It Might Be Legal, but Is It Safe for Our Kids?

Over the past decade, marijuana has become more legally accessible and therefore more socially prevalent. While marijuana remains illegal for anyone under 21, these changes may have led some of us to underestimate how harmful marijuana can be. Research shows that marijuana use…
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Helping Our Teens Cultivate Happiness and Well-Being with Mindfulness

Helping Our Teens Cultivate Happiness and Well-Being with Mindfulness

A new year, and a new decade, promise a new start for us and our kids. We have the ability to introduce a new practice within ourselves and our families that will boost resilience, reduce anxiety and depression, and improve overall well-being. This…
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Tips to Help Your Teen Cultivate Their Passion

Tips to Help Your Teen Cultivate Their Passion

What constitutes a passion? It’s simple, really. A passion is something – anything – that you discovered, explored, and enjoyed. You enjoyed it so much, in fact, that you decided to dedicate more time and attention to it. And you found that doing…
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Making Family Dinner a Priority: The Many Benefits of Family Meal Time

Making Family Dinner a Priority: The Many Benefits of Family Meal Time

Family dinner may be the most important thing we can do for our families. But each fall, we return to the daily juggling act of making breakfasts and packing lunches, getting kids to and from school and after-school activities, helping with homework, plus…
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Teens and Sleep: Why They Need It and How to Help Them Get It

Teens and Sleep: Why They Need It and How to Help Them Get It

Your teenager’s brain and body are in a period of rapid growth and development, making sleep more important than ever. Unfortunately, only 8% of teenagers are getting the sleep they need. On average, they’re getting by with 7 hours of sleep, when they…
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Teenage Connection: The 11 Best Ways to Connect with Your Teen

Teenage Connection: The 11 Best Ways to Connect with Your Teen

Whether your child is just approaching adolescence or fully submerged in it, you may have noticed a difference. Your cuddly baby is now a teenager, and it can be challenging to navigate your relationship. It can be tough to stay connected to our…
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