Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today we honor the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sending you and you family best wishes on this special day.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Vaping isn’t considered safe for teens because your brain is still developing and can expose you to toxic substances and nicotine.

Exposure to nicotine and toxic substances in vaping devices can cause your breathing to become rapid and shallow, as well as increase heart rate and blood pressure.  The vapor can contain volatile organic compounds, flavoring such as diacetyl which is a chemical linked to a serious lung disease and heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead. Nicotine use can also rewire the brain, which can impact your concentration, learning and impulse control.

Decoding the Teenage Brain

The teenage years are “the last, great neuroplastic era in our lifetimes,” according to Steinberg, referring to the brain’s continued capacity for intellectual and emotional growth. The same emerging circuitry that makes teenagers vulnerable to risky behavior and mood swings also confers significant advantage on adolescent learners. To read the full article click here.

An Illustration of the Teenage Brain

 

How To Talk With Your Kids About Vaping

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How to Talk With Your Kids About Vaping [GUIDE]

 

The Power of Relationships

We all can have a positive effect on youth- whether we are parents, coaches, employers, neighbors, etc., we can all create positive emotional spaces for kids.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Misusing prescription drugs can be harmful to your health and impact your participation in sports.

Only take medications that are prescribed to you and follow instructions from the doctor carefully. Prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs including sleeping pills, anti-anxiety drugs and cough and cold remedies can be harmful to your health if you don’t take the medication as directed. Do not take any medications that are prescribed to someone else, side effects can include nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite or even vision loss.

The Check-In Rule Helps Teens Avoid Risk

Help Teens Avoid Risk with a Simple Rule

From the Center for Parent & Teen Communication: Our tweens and teens are going to have to make certain decisions and choices in the face of peer pressure. And generally, they will want to do what’s right. But they may not know how to avoid risk while still saving face with their peers. They may benefit from an easy way out. Parents can give them that out with a simple rule: The Check-In Rule.