July 25, 2020

Dear Daughters, Many  of us parents incorrectly believe that drug abuse among teens is limited to illegal substances like marijuana or ecstasy. However, a number of over-the-counter (OTC) medications can potentially be abused by teens. It is important for parents to educate themselves about OTC medication abuse and discuss their concerns with their children. Make…

July 18, 2020

  Dear Daughters, While parent-child conversations about drinking are essential, talking is not enough; you also need to take concrete action to help your child resist alcohol. Research strongly shows that active, supportive involvement by parents and guardians can help teens avoid underage drinking and prevent later alcohol abuse. According to the 2015 National Survey…

July 11, 2020

Dear Daughters, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teen birth rates fell steeply in the United States from 2007 through 2013, dropping to a record low of 26.5 live births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19 years old. Pregnancy has consequences for teen girls and boys, as well as their children….

July 4, 2020

Dear Daughters, Social media is part of many teens’ daily routines. It is important to understand both the positive and negative uses and effects of social media. Being aware of this can help parents guide their teens to use these platforms in a healthy and safe manner. Consider the following information to teach your teen…

June 27, 2020

Dear Daughters, Child abuse is a serious issue, which may impact an individual throughout his or her life. It is never too late to begin coping with abuse experienced in one’s childhood. Learn more about child abuse, ways to recognize the symptoms of abuse, and how adult survivors of child abuse can cope. Types of…

June 20, 2020

Dear Daughters, child sexual abuse has been at the center of unprecedented public attention during the last decade. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have enacted statutes identifying child sexual abuse as criminal behavior. This crime encompasses different types of sexual activity, including voyeurism, sexual dialogue, fondling, touching of the genitals, rape and…

June 6, 2020

Dear Daughters, As parents we face a difficult task when teaching children to be aware of their surroundings and potentially dangerous situations. Try as you may, as a parent you are not always going to be nearby. The next best thing is to teach your children to be responsible for their own safety. More than…

May 16, 2020

Dear Daughters, Adolescence is a period of major social, hormonal and emotional change. It is common for teens to be concerned with self-image and become sensitive to the slightest criticism. Some act out rebelliously against authority, including parents and teachers. Others experiment with risky behaviors, such as using illegal drugs and having unprotected sex. With…