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Parenting teenagers can be one of the most challenging experiences for any parent. As teens navigate their way through the ups and downs of adolescence, parents are faced with the task of guiding them through these tumultuous years. In this blog, we’ll explore the art of talking with teens, the importance of setting boundaries, and the dangers of alcohol and drug use on the developing teen brain.

Does It Matter Where You Go to College?

Does It Matter Where You Go to College?

This year, more than 2 million Americans will apply to college. The college admissions landscape has gotten more competitive as the number of applications rose by 30% between 2019-2020 to the current cycle according to a recent data release by the Common Application....

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Tips for Having a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season

Tips for Having a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror and the holiday break is right around the corner. That means two weeks of no school and a lot more at-home time with your teen. Their first instinct might be to hang on the couch on their phone all day, which is understandable....

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National Take Back Day

National Take Back Day

Unused and unwanted prescription drugs can easily end up in the wrong hands, posing significant dangers and potentially leading to tragic consequences. Clearing out your medicine cabinet of unwanted and unused medications is a simple and effective way to keep your...

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Red Ribbon Week 2023

Red Ribbon Week 2023

 What is Red Ribbon Week? Red Ribbon Week is an annual nationwide campaign educating young people about the risks of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. This is a week designated to make children and teens aware of the damage alcohol and other drugs (AOD) can cause to...

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Teaching Our Kids Resilience Starts With Us

Teaching Our Kids Resilience Starts With Us

So. Much. Stress. You work hard all week, juggle your child’s school and extracurricular activities, and try to be a good parent and partner. It’s exhausting. Add to that a national teen mental health crisis at the tail end of a two-year pandemic. It’s enough to crush...

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When The Summer Heats Up for You and Your Teen

When The Summer Heats Up for You and Your Teen

Sometimes the temperature outdoors is relatively cool compared to the heat inside your household. Giving our children roots and wings, according to the saying, is the greatest gift a parent can give. Though, at times, attaching those wings is difficult for all...

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Addressing Social Anxiety in Teens: A Guide for Parents

Addressing Social Anxiety in Teens: A Guide for Parents

Anxious teens are different from anxious children. Young kids worry about external things like monsters and the dark. (Remember when you had to leave the light on for your toddler to fall asleep?) Teens, on the other hand, worry more about themselves: their...

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The Pressure To Be Perfect

The Pressure To Be Perfect

An essay written by Ethan Furlong, Junior at San Clemente High School and President of the Strength in Numbers club I have a confession to make–this article took me a long time to write. I was afraid of the potential for it to turn out less-than-perfect. This fear...

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Give the Gift of Gratitude This Holiday Season

Give the Gift of Gratitude This Holiday Season

A study led by Martin Seligman, known as the father of positive psychology, found that a one-time act of thoughtful gratitude produced an immediate 10 percent increase in happiness and 35 percent reduction in depressive symptoms. That’s the power of gratitude....

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Fentanyl: A National and Local Public Health Crisis

Fentanyl: A National and Local Public Health Crisis

There has been an alarming rise in the cases of injuries and deaths associated with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, which has become part of a growing public health crisis in our community and across the nation.   Deaths from overdoses reached a staggering 100,300 in...

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Red Ribbon Week 2022

Red Ribbon Week 2022

Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign reminding us of the importance of educating young people about drugs and alcohol. Chances are, they are already learning about them from their friends, social media, and TV, but they may not be getting accurate information. As a...

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September Is Suicide Prevention Month

September Is Suicide Prevention Month

Developmentally, the years between childhood and adulthood represent a critical period of transition and significant cognitive, mental, emotional, and social change. While adolescence is a time of tremendous growth and potential, navigating new milestones in...

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Ways To Support Your Child As They Head Back to School

Ways To Support Your Child As They Head Back to School

Starting a new school year is both exciting and frightening. Thoughts of new teachers and a heavier workload, navigating new friend groups – all with changing bodies and hormones, can be a cause of concern for your child. What can parents do to ease their child’s...

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Summer Homework: Take Care of Your Brain Health

Summer Homework: Take Care of Your Brain Health

We have homework for you and your family this summer: practice speaking to yourself more positively and say goodbye to ANTs. Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs), according to renowned brain-health expert Dr. Daniel Amen, "ruin your day, steal your happiness, and...

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Mental Health and Self-Care

Mental Health and Self-Care

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Managing a teen’s mental health crisis can be challenging for families. It’s often unfamiliar territory that needs to be navigated with the utmost sensitivity. And it can take a toll on parents. Just as those who care for older...

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Marijuana and Young People: Get the Facts

Marijuana and Young People: Get the Facts

With 4/20—the unofficial marijuana holiday on April 20th—on the horizon, it’s time to reclaim the day as a chance to help our children understand marijuana’s harmful effects for young people. As parents, our children look to us for help and guidance in working out...

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The Antidote to Perfectionism: Striving for Excellence

The Antidote to Perfectionism: Striving for Excellence

Perfection. It’s everyone’s favorite “flaw.” Our admiration of perfection is so pervasive that it’s become an emblem of worth, wealth, and success. “I can’t help it. I’m a perfectionist,” is almost a mantra in the modern workplace. And, sadly, a mantra for many...

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The Growing Need to Support Youth Mental Health

The Growing Need to Support Youth Mental Health

Some kids are really struggling and they need our help. The California Healthy Kids Survey 2021 found that one in three students in our community reported experiencing mental health concerns, such as sadness or feelings of hopelessness. Adolescence has never been...

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Sharing Our Values: Helping Teens Grow Within Themselves

Sharing Our Values: Helping Teens Grow Within Themselves

As parents, how do we share good values—the stuff of life that really matters—with our teens? We all strive to raise children who are successful, but is there a way to ensure they become decent human beings who are responsible and compassionate? While there’s no...

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Baby, You Can Drive My Car

Baby, You Can Drive My Car

Keeping Your Teen Safe Behind the Wheel After protecting your child from dangers on and off the road, you now face the prospect of handing them the keys to the family car when they’re learning to drive. While your teen may look and sound like an adult once they get...

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How to Talk to Your Teen about Drugs and Alcohol

How to Talk to Your Teen about Drugs and Alcohol

Red Ribbon Week is a national drug awareness campaign celebrated each year during October. The week is a reminder of the importance of sharing factual information about drugs and alcohol with young people. As a parent, you play a vital role in shaping your child's...

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The Perilous Side of E-Bikes

The Perilous Side of E-Bikes

Do you remember learning to ride a bike? The feeling of power and speed as your parents let go and realizing you were riding all by yourself? Learning to ride a bicycle has become a rite of passage for children in the United States. It allows kids to begin exploring...

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Helping Your Teen  Thrive Under Pressure

Helping Your Teen Thrive Under Pressure

All parents want their children to be healthy and happy. Beyond that, we want them to be successful as they head into adulthood. The challenges teens face can strengthen—or overwhelm—them. Today, more than ever, teens feel pressure to be the greatest, not just from...

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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...

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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...

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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 child...

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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 us know...

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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 have...

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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 need to make space for their...

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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 baseball coach, he...

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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 from their friends,...

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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...

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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 than ever to protect...

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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...

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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 so only increased...

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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 actually need...

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