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Family Dinners Make a Difference

Posted by Informed Families on September 24, 2021 at 1:30 AM

Many years of solid research have shown that when parents engage more deeply in their children’s lives, they are far less likely to turn to such unhealthy behaviors as smoking, drinking, or using drugs.

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Topics: Family Day

The Social Media Pressure to Be Perfect

Posted by Informed Families on September 16, 2021 at 11:45 PM

Teens have always had issues with self-esteem. The captain of the football team, the head cheerleader, and the “in” crowd were present long before social media came along.

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Topics: self esteem, teenagers, teens, social media

Helping Kids Transition Back to School

Posted by Informed Families on September 10, 2021 at 6:07 AM

Our kids have been through so much in the past 18 months; first being yanked from school, their teachers, and their classmates, then sheltered at home, worrying about a pandemic they didn’t understand, and now sent back to school with the coronavirus still raging.

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Topics: back to school

President's Message - September 2021

Posted by Peggy B. Sapp, President & CEO on September 1, 2021 at 6:00 AM

If you could do one thing to give your kids a 50% better chance of not using drugs and getting into destructive behaviors, would you do it?

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Are Smartphones Making Teens Lonelier?

Posted by Informed Families on August 26, 2021 at 11:45 PM

In just over a decade, smartphones have become an essential part of our lives, especially for adolescents. According to the Pew Research Center, while 77 percent of American adults have a smartphone, that number soars to 95 percent among teens.

Oddly, though, a device that is universally thought to better connect people may be having the opposite effect, at least among teenagers. Several recent surveys (taken before the pandemic) seem to show that since 2012 loneliness, depression, and incidents of self-harm increased sharply among adolescents in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

The research is finding a marked correlation between the rise of smartphone use and loneliness, a recognized predictor of depression and mental health issues.

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Topics: technology, teenagers, teens

Family Structure Helps with Kids’ Anxiety

Posted by Informed Families on August 20, 2021 at 7:00 AM

It’s back-to-school time, and this year our kids are facing more than the usual first-day jitters. Last year they mostly had to learn at home, seeing friends only over Zoom or FaceTime. Now, the new school year is likely bringing new anxieties:

  • They’re wondering whether they’ve fallen behind academically, in their favorite sport, or both.
  • They’ve been worried about whether they or their parents will get COVID-19.
  • The mask-up-in-school guidance has been confusing, to say the least.
  • And they may be secretly afraid that they won’t know how to get along in person with their friends anymore.

Give them structure

Don’t assume that because things are getting back to normal that your kids will easily fall back into their old pre-pandemic lives without your guidance.

One way to help your child adjust to the new school year is by offering the comfort of family meals on a regular schedule. Use this time to talk together, to encourage them to share their concerns, and find solutions.

Our Family Table Time kits are an excellent resource that can help. For example, this month’s topics include organizational skills, back to school, fears and anxiety, and bullies and violence.

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Topics: children, parents, back to school

Drug Overdose Deaths Spike Dramatically

Posted by Informed Families on August 12, 2021 at 11:40 PM

More than 93,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Topics: overdose, drugs

Spotting the Signs of Drug Abuse

Posted by Informed Families on August 11, 2021 at 8:00 AM

We at Informed Families hear it so often: “I never suspected my child was abusing drugs.”

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What to Do When Your Child Lies

Posted by Informed Families on August 5, 2021 at 11:30 PM

All kids lie, according to Victoria Talwar, Ph.C., associate professor in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology at McGill University in Montreal.

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Back to School in 2021 — What are the rules?

Posted by Peggy B. Sapp, President & CEO on August 2, 2021 at 4:36 PM

It’s never easy to be a parent, but it can be especially difficult in times of uncertainty. Certainly, the pandemic qualifies! We all thought surely we’d be past it by now!

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Topics: back to school

About Us

We teach people how to say no to drugs and how to make healthy choices. To reduce the demand for drugs, Informed Families has focused its efforts on educating and mobilizing the community, parents and young people in order to change attitudes. In this way we counteract the pressures in society that condone and promote drug and alcohol use and abuse. The organization educates thousands of families annually about how to stay drug and alcohol free through networking and a variety of programs and services .

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