As kids transition back to school, they’ll need to brush up on their organizational skills. This is one of the topics in this month’s Family Table Time activity kit, which provides materials, tips, and conversation starters designed to foster family togetherness and participation.
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As summer winds down and young people want to get in all the fun they can before school starts, they’ll be trying to cram in as much party time as possible in the next few weeks.
It’s hard enough to teach our kids to avoid drugs when even popular celebrities and members of Congress, not to mention the cannabis industry, are trying to normalize its use.
When it comes to addiction, a lot of young people think it can’t happen to them. But it can, and it does. Especially with a drug like Xanax.
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As marijuana use becomes more common across the country, and more
jurisdictions legalize the recreational use of cannabis, the inherent dangers of the
drugs are too often minimized.
The teen years are times of turbulence when their bodies are changing radically, and their brains are pulling them away from the security of the family they’ve known their whole lives in preparation for living life as an independent adult.
If only our kids knew what we know as adults:
- You have to work hard to achieve your goals.
- You can’t let yourself be distracted.
- You can’t solve your problems by hiding them in drugs or alcohol.
Nobody likes a tattletale, as the old saying has it. But there’s a difference between “tattling” and “telling,” and it’s important that children understand the difference. Sometimes the distinction is even hard for adults.
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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