Articles & Guest Columns

Kids & Drugs: What Your Teen Knows (That You Don’t) About Drugs

11 Oct 2016
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“What’s In Your Medicine Cabinet?”  by Pamela Awad On a Tuesday night in October, in an auditorium filled to capacity at the Nightingale-Bamford School, parents viewed “Out of Reach,” a documentary film about prescription drug use among adolescents. Cyrus Stowe, a 17 year-old high school student and filmmaker from Dallas, Texas, produced the 22-minute feature in collaboration with director Tucker Capps (of A&E’s Intervention) and Partnership for Drug Free Kids Medicine Abuse Project. So what is in your medicine cabinet? Probably many of the same items as those found in the medicine cabinets in Cyrus’...
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Don’t Fall for the Common Habits Myth that Stops People from Making Successful Change

02 May 2016
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Don’t Fall for the Common Habits Myth that Stops People from Making Successful Change By Gretchen Rubin, gretchenrubin.com People often ask me, “Why do we struggle so hard to change our habits–why do we so often fail?” There are a few reasons, but there’s one big one — a popular myth about habits that leads people astray. It makes them accuse themselves of being lazy, self-indulgent, and lacking in will power. It causes them to fail. What is this myth? It’s the myth that there’s a magic, one-size-fits-all solution for habit change. You’re read the...
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Spotlight on Facilitators: MAGGIE LEAR

02 Mar 2016
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By Melanie Wells Maggie Lear, in her third year as a PIA facilitator, finds that “good facilitation is so much more of an art than a science.” Maggie notes she is “enjoying” it, and recalls that she first learned about PIA after attending a school meeting. “Having the opportunity to connect with other parents that night was so welcome and helpful,” says Maggie. “The facilitators were extremely helpful and watching them inspired me to get more involved.” Asked what drew her to the idea of becoming a facilitator, Maggie explained that she had received a Masters...
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When and How to Talk to Children about Consent

02 Oct 2015
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By Lisa Osherow Recently, college campuses have devoted a great deal of thought and debate to the crucial issue of “consent,” with specific emphasis on preventing sexual assaults. But, what exactly is consent, and when and how should we teach it? This question isn’t as simple as it sounds. A common definition for consent may be given in a few key phrases, but for some parents, just the idea of talking to their children about sexuality can be awkward. And not every family may be comfortable bringing it up as early as experts believe would...
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