The Child Mind Institute states, “Adolescents making the transition from high school to college need not only academic skills to ace the classwork, and time-management skills to stay afloat, but emotional problem-solving skills to handle the challenges. As parents, we can’t shadow them in the freshman dorm, but we can help supply them, before they leave home, with a toolbox of skills and habits to use when they become stressed or overwhelmed.”
Tips to Help Teens Emotionally Prepare for College:
1) College mental health skills
2) Don’t try to ‘fix’ every problem
3) Practice mindfulness with your teen
4) Help your child establish good self-care
5) Work on planning and ‘coping ahead’
6) Develop Strategies for Self-Soothing
Matt Bellace, PhD, Psychologist and Comedian, talks about the dangers of vaping in a clear and easy-to-understand way. He conveys the seriousness of the consequences and also provides a positive and hopeful approach to choosing not to vape.
How to Make an Addiction Recovery Plan. Here are five items to discuss and consider including in the plan you develop together. Read the full article here.
1. On-Going Treatment
2. Relapse Contingencies
3. Household/Academic/Employment Responsibilities
4. Family Interactions
5. Rewards/Reinforcers and Consequences
Casco Bay CAN has donated new books to our service area libraries: Falmouth Memorial Library, Freeport Community Library, Gray Public Library, New Gloucester Public Library, Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth and Prince Memorial Library in Cumberland. The books focus on topics such as navigating the teen years, anxiety in youth, the adolescent brain and why teens make risky choices. Check them out at your local library and view a listing here: Library Books Updated 2020