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Parents of Middle School/Jr. High School Students – from The Power of Choice:

Reported by jennifer_albert@ipsd.org on 1/7/20

Parents of Middle School/Jr. High School Students – from The Power of Choice:

January

Parents of Middle School/Jr. High School Students

In this issue of The Parent Post, middle school edition, we are looking at the effects and risks of underage drinking and what we can do to help prevent underage drinking. It is important for parents to be informed on these issues in order to help our teens make informed decisions. Parents who know the effects of alcohol on teens are able to better communicate to teens why they should stay away from underage alcohol use. Alcohol is the most widely used substance among America’s teens and young adults, posing substantial health and safety risks. Find ideas for fostering communication here: The Parent Post.

Our Family Story

It’s a new year! Grab a healthy snack, gather the family around the table and settle in for a family chat using January’s PowerTalk for Families. This month’s chat about connection here: PowerTalk. Connection is important for all humans— it gives us an essential sense of belonging. As adolescents mature and become more independent, it may seem like they really don’t need (or want) connection to family. However, research shows that adolescents with close ties to family and community are more likely to have a sense of security that prevents them from being vulnerable to risky or unhealthy behaviors.

The Power of Choice is a collaborative project led by 360 Youth Services in District 203 and 204 middle and high schools growing the number of students making healthy choices regarding substance use.

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