Sympathy vs Empathy

Sometimes it’s more helpful not to fix the problem but just to lend an empathetic ear…

Do this twice a year to help your kids avoid opioid addiction

Participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28 from 10a-2p and here’s why! Do this twice a year to help your kids avoid opioid addiction:

Introduction To Raising Resilient & Responsible Children

Two Free Parenting Workshops sponsored by First Parish Congregational Church in Yarmouth.

March 15 and April 5, 6:30-8pm at First Parish, 116 Main Street, Yarmouth, ME 04096

Facilitated by Marjie Longshore, Founder of the Family Leadership Center (

These two parenting workshops will give you strategies to give your children the core skills that lead to flexibility, resilience, thoughtfulness, and optimism. Each workshop will cover two of the four core needs (Crucial C’s) everyone seeks to living a fulfilling life. You are welcome to attend one or both sessions.

For more details and to RSVP, please visit:

What if my child isn’t motivated to get treatment?

If your son or daughter is using substances, but isn’t ready to make a change in his or her life, there are still steps you can take to help. In this short video, Master Addictions Counselor Mary Ann Badenoch, LPC, offers tips for talking with your child, so you can better understand his or her mixed feelings about getting treatment.


Marijuana and Driving

Parents—tell your teen not to drive after using marijuana or other drugs, and don’t get in a car with a driver who has used marijuana or other drugs!

FACT: More teens are driving after smoking marijuana than after heavy drinking. A national study showed that from 2009-2011, the percentage of high school seniors who drove after using marijuana was almost three times as high as those who drove after drinking heavily. (American Journal of Public Health 103:2027-2034)

Remember: Marijuana and many medications act on parts of the brain that can impair driving ability. Many prescription drugs have warning labels against the operation of machinery and driving motor vehicles, for a certain period of time after use. You are more likely to be injured or in an accident while driving while under the influence of marijuana or prescription drugs.

Mentally Strong Kids Have Parents Who Refuse to Do These 13 Things

Raising a mentally strong kid doesn’t mean he won’t cry when he’s sad or that he won’t fail sometimes. Mental strength won’t make your child immune to hardship – but it also won’t cause him to suppress his emotions.

In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Mental strength is what helps kids bounce back from setbacks. It gives them the strength to keep going, even when they’re plagued with self-doubt. A strong mental muscle is the key to helping kids reach their greatest potential in life.

But raising a mentally strong kid requires parents to avoid the common yet unhealthy parenting practices that rob kids of mental strength. In my book, “13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do“, I identify 13 things to avoid if you want to raise a mentally strong kid equipped to tackle life’s toughest challenges: Read the list here