Updates October 2012
Teens and Stress
Today’s teens are subject to many life stressors. Parents can learn more about how teens are being stressed at school, home, and due to significant peer pressure. Take a moment to learn about what you can do as a parent, what to look for, and helping your teen or someone you know develop coping skills. To also learn more about parenting teens, check out the current resources.
When Recession Looms is a handout exploring ways to handle stress and financial concerns.
K-2 and Spice-Synthetic Marijuana-Tragic Results
Parents of teens need to be aware of the synthetic marijuana being sold “legally” in some states known as K2 or Spice. Often, the drug is sold in smoke shops or other benign stores where teens can purchase the material which gives a high similar to marijuana. The individual who uses K-2 or Spice may not have a positive drug screen, as is the case with marijuana and other illicit drugs, and if taken in combination with other drugs or even alone, can prove to be fatal. Take time to review the information shown below from ABC News.
Prescription Drug Misuse
Videos: Pharmaceutical Abuse and Misuse (WV Prevention Resource Center-You Tube Videos)
Sharing Prescription Drugs Illegal Prescription Drugs and Alcohol
Sharing Prescription Drugs without Physician Approval
How to motivate your self to define goals
Goal Setting is important whether working on mental health issues; learning about medical illness; parenting concerns; transitioning to new phases in life, such as job chance, divorce, remarriage, contemplating marriage; or wanting to stop smoking or lose weight. Individuals who wish to set goals need to determine what they want, develop a reasonable time frame, and realize success is in small steps.
For teens, page with an interactive notebook to focus on positive changes, goal setting, and a printable booklet to continue working on what the adolescent hopes to achieve. Are you ready, set, to go…start here! Here are some facts about goal setting, so what do you know???