The Center for Healthy Minds developed these slides that describe why the brain changes throughout life, but specifically outline the sensitive periods of development when the brain is more pliable including around puberty.
Spot your child’s strengths: Point out the personality traits that will help them go far in life, especially when they use their powers for good. Are they tenacious? Generous? Creative? Compassionate? Let them see themselves through your eyes by clueing them in to what you’ve noticed and how those characteristics will get them far in life. Your sleuthing skills will help them feel good AND reinforce those positive traits.
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Happy 4th of July! We hope you all have a safe and fun holiday!
How to Safely Party with a Plan:
A clip from Breaking Points, 30-minute documentary intended for adults that explores the stress and pressures our teens face every day, as well as the unhealthy ways that many of them cope, including misusing prescription drugs.
From the Center for Motivation and Change: We all know that substance use disorders can exact a terrible emotional and physical toll on the person struggling. A person overusing substances can suffer lower quality of life, impaired functioning at work, school and in family roles, and financial, legal and health problems. What you may not realize is that a significant part of this pain is attributable to stigma, as people with substance problems are labeled all sorts of negative things (“liars,” “losers,” “junkies,” “addicts”) and are often judged to be immoral, full of character defects and somehow carelessly and even willfully deciding to use substances instead of prioritizing more valued things in life like relationships and productivity.
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