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Family Survival Guide - How To Make Chores Less Of A Chore

Posted by Sergio Perez on March 18, 2020 at 1:52 PM

The recent developments around COVID-19/Coronavirus have upended daily life for many of us. School districts around the nation have closed schools, forcing kids to stay home. As a parent, you want to provide a sense of structure to your kids' day, while also maintaining your own sanity. In these uncertain times of social isolation, it is more important than ever to keep a clear head and work together with your family to help you make the best of the situation. 

Did you know that kids who do chores around the house are actually happier than kids who don't, according to the latest research

Do you want your kids to help out more around the house but find it painfully difficult to motivate them? Do you frequently find yourself wiping your brow, sighing and saying, "I'll just do it." Does it seem like getting your children to do chores is a bigger chore in itself?

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Topics: parenting, family rules

Sipping while shopping? Slippery slope may lead to increased alcohol use

Posted by Sergio Perez on February 21, 2020 at 5:23 PM

Have you noticed the new trend of major retailers and grocery store chains increasingly allowing, or even encouraging, the consumption of alcohol while patrons shop? A short segment on Good Morning America detailed this new trend as a quirky and fun new way for stores to encourage their customers to spend more, but are we missing a bigger issue altogether?
Stores that encourage customers to drink while they shop are helping to normalize the consumption of alcoholic beverages throughout the day in a very public setting. Are we teaching our kids that it is OK to go about your day with a glass of mimosa on your hand?

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Topics: alcohol, social norms

The Faces of Red Ribbon Week

Posted by Sergio Perez on November 18, 2014 at 9:01 AM

We would like to thank everyone who participated in Red Ribbon Week! It was a truly successful celebration of the Red Ribbon message. We would like to give special thanks to our Ambassadors, who dedicate so much of their time to help us keep kids safe, healthy, and drug free!

Below we have highlighted some of the photos we have received from our Ambassadors throughout the state of Florida. We encourage all of you (if you have not already done so) to submit your pictures and feedback through the Red Ribbon Campaign Review Form.

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Topics: red ribbon week

Don't Let Florida Go To Pot

Posted by Sergio Perez on October 31, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Marijuana legalization is a hot topic with huge implications – and now Floridians are faced with voting on Amendment 2, although many of us don’t understand all the legalese. Watch the webinar below, "Don't Let Florida Go To Pot," to learn more about Amendment 2, and it's implications!

We would like to thank our wonderful panelists, Peggy Sapp, Susan Kelsey, Sheriff Demings and Karen Bailey for joining us for this webinar. We would also like to thank the Florida Sheriffs Association for partnering with us to deliver this important message. They are all doing a great job in promoting prevention in their communities!

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Topics: Webinars

Increased Traffic Fatalities Involving Marijuana

Posted by Sergio Perez on July 11, 2014 at 5:33 PM

The hot topic of the day: marijuana legalization. Millions of dollars are being invested in marketing and public relations by the pro-marijuana camp, which has much to gain financially. But, are they sharing all the facts?

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Are U.S. High School Students Getting Healthier?

Posted by Sergio Perez on July 11, 2014 at 5:31 PM

The latest CDC teen behavior survey finds US high school students' cigarette smoking at lowest in 22 years. The study also finds fewer fights and too much texting and driving.

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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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