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Suicide Is An Impossible Subject To Tackle, But As Parents,
We Have To

29 May 2018
A Practicing Parent
I hate even saying the word. Suicide. There I typed it. Let’s face it. Despite what our kids, the social media generation (iGen), may think, suicide is not a new phenomenon, and it is far from a teen-centric issue. I lost two adults in my life to suicide just in the past year. Last week I was unpacking a box of photos my mom handed off to me and uncovered a note in my teen handwriting. I stared at the two-sided, yellowed small paper and the memories of that night unfolded in front of me....
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JUUL: The Cigarette of Today’s Youth?

07 May 2018
A Practicing Parent
My head is still buzzing with information about vaping, e-cigarettes and JUULing after attending a fact-filled seminar a few weeks ago, co-hosted by Parents in Action and Hallways at the Collegiate School. Attention to vaping and JUULing has risen sharply with recent articles in the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal questioning whether it is becoming an epidemic in schools. Let’s start with a simple explanation: E-cigarettes appeared more than 10 years ago, marketed as an alternative to cigarettes and a way to kick the habit. Vaping is the inhaling and exhaling of the vapor produced by an...
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