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Building Trust With Teens

Posted by Informed Families on April 25, 2022 at 6:00 AM

It’s hard to walk the fine line between giving our kids too much freedom and not enough. This is why it’s important that we begin early to build trust with them.

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Topics: parenting, teenagers, teens, parents

Talking to Kids About The Slap

Posted by Informed Families on April 18, 2022 at 6:00 AM

 

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Topics: parenting, violence, anger, anger management

Helping Kids Develop an Attitude of Gratitude

Posted by Informed Families on November 12, 2021 at 5:00 AM

The first Thanksgiving was all about gratitude. So is the reason we celebrate it today. So one of the topics in this month’s Family Table Time activity kits focuses on the subject of gratitude.

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Topics: parenting, positive parenting, thanksgiving, healthy kids

Journaling for Kids

Posted by Informed Families on January 15, 2021 at 8:00 AM

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.

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Topics: parenting, stress, childhood, healthy kids

How to Help Kids Deal with Bullies

Posted by Informed Families on December 18, 2020 at 8:00 AM

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.

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Topics: parenting, tips, advice, peer pressure, bullies

President's Message - September 2020

Posted by Peggy B. Sapp, President & CEO on September 1, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Back to School During the Covid-19 Pandemic  

“It is the best of times, it is the worst of times” is surely a fitting description for today. During times of uncertainty, basic routines help us and our children feel more secure; thus, happier and healthier.

If your children are attending classes are remotely or at school some of the basics still apply:

  • Have a healthy breakfast
  • Get dressed for school
  •  Have a specific place for children to do their online work or their homework
  •  Ask about their assignments and review their work and homework
  • When going to school, wear a mask

Telling your children you love them and that things will be okay are two messages you need to repeat often. Sometimes this is hard!   If you are fearful about now and the future, practice Mindfulness with your children. It will help everyone. Mindfulness keeps our minds from running away to negative thoughts and worse case scenarios. Even three deep breaths will slow the freight train in the brain.

 

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Topics: President's Message, parenting, family bonding, back to school, Covid-19

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

Myths About Underage Drinking That May Be Hurting Your Teen

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

Some well-intentioned parents may think that allowing their teens and their teens’ friends to drink at home under adult supervision will keep their kids safe, and lead to healthier attitudes about drinking. The truth is that underage drinking can lead to serious negative consequences for both parents and teens:

  1. Supplying alcohol to underage youth actually increases (rather than decreases) the risk for continued drinking in their teenage years, and can lead to problem drinking later in life.

  2. Research shows that teens who perceive their parents to be more permissive about alcohol use are MORE likely to abuse alcohol and to use other drugs.

  3. A majority of states have civil and or criminal penalties for adults who serve alcohol to minor at home. Under “social host laws”, party hosts are held responsible for car accidents and other disasters resulting from alcohol use at their home.
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Topics: parenting, tips, positive parenting, advice, teens, parents, alcohol use

Family Day is Every Day During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by Informed Families on April 10, 2020 at 8:30 AM

With parents working remotely, kids learning virtually and extracurricular activities outside the home postponed, Family Day is every day during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most families have not had this much time together uninterrupted in some time. 

Some families are using this time to reconnect. We love to see the cool things you have been doing - picnics in the backyard, themed dinners, bake-a-thons, game night, movie night and more. Use the #FLFamilyDays hashtag in your social media posts so we can continue to promote strengthening family relationships.

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Topics: parenting, tips, positive parenting, advice, children, teens, drug use, parents, alcohol use, healthy kids, Covid-19

Fun Family Prevention Activities

Posted by Informed Families on March 31, 2020 at 8:56 PM

It’s National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week, a week focused on connecting teens with science-based facts about drugs and alcohol.

Here are some more fun ways your family can participate in National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week:

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Topics: parenting, education, positive parenting, teenagers, family bonding, teens, nida, drug use, parents, alcohol use, juul, vaping

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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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