We at Informed Families hear it so often: “I never suspected my child was abusing drugs.”
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It’s tough being a kid, learning how to cope with daily life, wondering whom to trust, and trying to discern how you fit into the world around you.
Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, health officials have noted an alarming increase in the use of drugs and alcohol, suicides, anxiety, and other mental health disorders.
‘Tis the season for giving, the time when we rush around in a frenzy buying presents for friends and family. We also use this time to remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves, and share our good fortune by donating to various charities.
If your child has suddenly become moodier or more easily upset than usual, if they seem to be avoiding certain situations like taking the bus to school, or if you notice they’re suddenly not eating or sleeping well, they may very well have become the target of a bully.
Research has shown that resilience helps children better face disappointment, cope with loss, and adapt to change. Studies have shown that this life skill not only helps their childhood and teen years go more smoothly, but can serve them throughout their entire lives by providing better physical and mental health, making them more likely to graduate from college, and receiving better-paying jobs.
Two of this month’s Family Table Talk topics are heritage and reading, and we think they complement Thanksgiving perfectly.
Two of the topics featured in this month’s Family Table Talk kit are decision-making and heroism. While they may seem unrelated, they are actually two sides of the same coin, and that is courage: the strength to choose the right decision and the determination to face your fears and move ahead regardless of those fears.
One positive outcome of the pandemic has been that families have been forced by circumstances to spend more time together. No more rushing out the door to play practice in one direction and violin lessons in the other. No more late nights at the office, grabbing a quick fast-food dinner on the way home.
The coronavirus pandemic can’t stop something as important as Red Ribbon Week. This is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during the nine-day celebration, held from October 23-31 each year.