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Help Kids Help the Earth

Posted by Informed Families on April 16, 2021 at 7:00 AM

When children have a sense of purpose, it can help them make smarter choices when it comes to drug and alcohol use. One way to do this is to involve them in activities that let them feel they’re making a difference in the world.

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Topics: Family Table Time

The Hidden Benefits of Community Service

Posted by Informed Families on March 12, 2021 at 7:00 AM

“He who wished to secure the good of others has already secured his own.”

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Topics: family dinner, Family Table Time, community

Exercise Is Key to A Healthy Mind and Body

Posted by Informed Families on February 12, 2021 at 7:00 AM

The Latin phrase, mens sana in corpore sano, means “healthy mind, healthy body.” Scholars differ about the meaning of this quote from the Roman poet Juvenal, but many take it to mean that you can’t have one without the other.

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Topics: Family Table Time

The Giving Bonus

Posted by Informed Families on December 21, 2020 at 9:00 AM

‘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.

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Topics: Family Table Time, season of giving

Reading Up On Your Family’s Heritage

Posted by Informed Families on November 23, 2020 at 10:34 AM

Two of this month’s Family Table Talk topics are heritage and reading, and we think they complement Thanksgiving perfectly.

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Topics: family bonding, family dinner, Family Table Time

Reinforce These Skills for Drug-Resistant Kids

Posted by Informed Families on November 17, 2020 at 5:00 AM

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.

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Topics: parents, Family Table Time

Family Table Time Fosters Togetherness

Posted by Informed Families on November 10, 2020 at 5:00 AM

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.

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Topics: family bonding, family dinner, Family Table Time

Family Day is Every Day this September

Posted by Informed Families on September 10, 2020 at 4:30 PM

National Family Day is on the Fourth Monday of September - that's September 28, 2020 this year. It’s a great opportunity for families to eat dinner together. Watch this 1 in video to learn more about why you should engage in regular family dinners.

Parents are often surprised to hear that something as simple as eating dinner together 4 times a week can reduce the likelihood that their kids will engage risky behavior. Parental engagement is the single most potent weapon in preventing substance use among youth. Check out our Family Days Activity Guide for ideas on how to turn dinner time into something everyone looks forward.

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Topics: Family Day, tips, parent involvement, positive parenting, communication, family bonding, children, Informed Families, drug prevention, Family Table Time

President's Message - August 2020

Posted by Peggy B. Sapp, President & CEO on August 2, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Healthy Families Can Cope With Uncertainty 

We are in the midst of raging waves delivering bad news and uncertainty.  Healthy Families know how to roll with raging waves and uncertainty.  Healthy Families know and accept they cannot change the rolling waves; they have been working together to build a set of beliefs, principals and skills that keep their boat from capsizing. Think of a sail boat - there are 8 pieces that make up the design.  What keeps the boat steady is what you don’t see. It is the size of the keel, which provides an underwater balancing force that keeps the boat from tipping over.

You can’t build a boat in a hurricane with winds and rough seas. You must build a boat when the weather is good in preparation for the storms and uncertainty that will surely come with life.  Informed Families’ mission is to help you build a healthy family structure. We provide lots of information and tools, but you have to access the information and start building your very own healthy family structure.  

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Topics: President's Message, parenting, family bonding, Family Table Time

Worried About School in the Fall? Family Table Time Can Help

Posted by Informed Families on July 22, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Informed Families/Florida Family Partnership is teaming up with Family Table Time to help families bond, communicate better and deal with difficult scenarios.

Back to school time is a stressful time for many families. With schools reopening for the first time since March or continuing remote learning, many families are more anxious than usual. Family Table Time’s unique, dinner table conversation starter toolkit can help families better navigate this stressful time together. Conversation starters for the month of August include Back to School and Fears & Anxiety.

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Topics: positive parenting, communication, family bonding, Covid-19, Family Table Time

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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