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Fun Ways to Make Summer 2016 an

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Fun Ways to Make Summer 2016 an "Alcohol Free Zone"

Did you know that up to 70% of water recreation deaths of teens and adults involve the use of alcohol? Summertime is full of fun, sunshine, outdoor activities, and making memories. However, it also comes with extra freedom and potential for irresponsible behavior. HEARTS for Families wants to help make sure that both parents and students have the best summer yet, so we’ve compiled these handy lists for you to use as you navigate the school-free months.

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An Open Letter to the Class of 2016

Thursday, May 19, 2016

An Open Letter to the Class of 2016

Dear Graduate, Congratulations! You’ve done it. You’ve spent the majority of your life working toward this moment, and now the work has finally paid off.

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Social Hosting 101: Part 2

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Social Hosting 101: Part 2

A few weeks back, we published an article entitled, “Social Hosting 101: Part 1.” This article is the second installment of our four-segment series on Social Hosting.

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February Happenings: East Central Georgia

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

February Happenings: East Central Georgia

HEARTS for Families has exciting things happening with the Alcohol Prevention Project this month, and we’d love to share some of them with you! Today, we will be focusing on how community members are working for change regarding Social Hosting.

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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: True Love Doesn't HURT

Friday, February 12, 2016

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: True Love Doesn't HURT

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and HEARTS for Families knows that this is an issue that affects many homes. We’d like to take a moment to share some information with you about teen dating violence, so that you can be aware of the warning signs in your children and loved ones – and prevent this from happening in your home.

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Social Hosting 101: Part 1

Monday, January 25, 2016

Social Hosting 101: Part 1

When you think about teenagers and the major decisions that are put into their paths, one of the most important choices that each of them will make is whether or not to consume alcohol. While the choice to drink underage is ultimately their own, the adults of our communities have the responsibility to help educate, support, and guide them to make the best choices that they can.

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Keep your teen safe on the road

Friday, January 15, 2016

Keep your teen safe on the road

The open road gives us a sense of freedom. Teens love the ability to go from one place to the next without a chaperone or driver. With that freedom comes responsibility for both teens and parents.

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The teenage brain on alcohol [infographic]

Monday, November 02, 2015

The teenage brain on alcohol [infographic]

Talk to your child or teen about their developing brains and underage drinking. It may be cliché to say, but knowledge really is power. The more teens know about their own bodies and how alcohol affects them, the less likely they are to make unhealthy decisions.

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Underage drinking: Drunk driving is just the beginning

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Underage drinking: Drunk driving is just the beginning

Whether they express it or not, your children are counting on you to guide them through the struggles of growing up and to keep them safe, so make sure you teach your them about all the dangers of alcohol, not just drunk driving.

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Red Ribbon Week in Region 2

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Red Ribbon Week in Region 2

Between October 23 and 31, 2015, HEARTS for Families and organizations across the country will be promoting drug prevention education and advocacy.

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Bored? 50 fun sober activities

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Bored? 50 fun sober activities

Boredom is one of the biggest reasons youth choose to experiment with drugs and alcohol, so resist temptation by filling up your to-do list with these fun sober activities.

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Underage drinking: Myth versus reality

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Underage drinking: Myth versus reality

There is nothing glamorous about underage drinking and it is actually quite dangerous. Next time you are offered alcohol, don’t take the risk – say “no” to underage drinking.

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Drugged Driving: What you need to know

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Drugged Driving: What you need to know

We have been hearing the message “don’t drink and drive” for years. But our world has a host of other influences that lead to harm on the roads. Drugged driving is on the rise.

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Tips for raising happy and healthy teens

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tips for raising happy and healthy teens

The teen years are naturally filled with emotional ups and downs due to hormones and life changes, but with proper guidance from you, your teen will be prepared to handle these emotions and changes in a healthy way.

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Social hosting: Know the stats [infographic]

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Social hosting: Know the stats [infographic]

Hosting at home doesn't change the facts or lessen the dangers of underage drinking. Responsible underage drinking is a myth. It is the role of adults to keep youth away from alcohol and in many places the law holds adults accountable.

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Red Ribbon Week – Get Involved

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Red Ribbon Week – Get Involved

This year, the theme of the week is “love yourself, be drug free” and there are so many ways for teens and adults to get involved in promoting drug prevention.

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The reality of binge drinking

Thursday, October 02, 2014

The reality of binge drinking

By binge drinking, teens are increasing their chance of suffering from the consequences of underage drinking, so why are they doing it and what can you do?

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Starting the conversation: Talking with your teen about marijuana

Monday, August 25, 2014

Starting the conversation: Talking with your teen about marijuana

According to an annual survey conducted by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 60% of high school users do not see the use of marijuana as harmful. Start talking to kids about the dangers of marijuana.

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“Vaping” Alcohol:  What you need to know

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

“Vaping” Alcohol: What you need to know

There’s a new trend among teens today. It’s another way instant needs and desires are met. Vaping alcohol brings on that instant “high”. And, it can soon spiral out of control with fatal consequences.

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Consequences of underage drinking

Monday, May 12, 2014

Consequences of underage drinking

Alcohol is considered the most dangerous drink among teens. More than half of young adults aged 12 to 20 have tried alcohol at least once. This isn’t specific to males or to females. Both genders have curiosity and interest in experimenting with alcohol. A decade ago, this conversation would be held when a child heads to college. Today it needs to be a conversation that’s front and center with your teen or pre-teen. How do parents outline the consequences and remain firm in their decision?

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Adolescent Brain Development: Know the facts

Friday, May 09, 2014

Adolescent Brain Development: Know the facts

Has your teen ever asked you why they can’t drink alcohol and you couldn’t come up with anything except “alcohol is bad for you”? Well, the reason is because alcohol negatively affects the brain, especially a developing brain.

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Creating boundaries for your teen

Monday, April 21, 2014

Creating boundaries for your teen

Life changes fast for teenagers; they are constantly confronted with new, difficult decisions and situations. They need you to teach them how to make healthy decisions and how to avoid risky situations.

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How to connect with your teen – part 2

Friday, April 11, 2014

How to connect with your teen – part 2

Family dynamics change year by year. Parents struggle with letting go and giving teens room for independence. Listening can turn into advising, which can be interpreted as ‘you just don’t understand’. Attempts to stay bonded and in tune with your teen really come down to two objectives: communication and quality time together.

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How to connect to your teen – part 1

Friday, March 28, 2014

How to connect to your teen – part 1

Parents still give teens an inner voice, a conscious, and a moral starting point. As teens develop an emotional maturity, their dependence on you decreases; yet, it does not disappear. Consider these tips to stay connected:

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How to appropriately monitor your teen’s whereabouts

Monday, March 17, 2014

How to appropriately monitor your teen’s whereabouts

Maintaining that authority while still respecting your teen’s independence is a delicate balance. The solution is knowing your child, setting expectations of their behavior, monitoring their actions, and enforcing the rules you set out for them. Be specific and set expectations

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Starting the conversation: How to talk about alcohol

Friday, February 21, 2014

Starting the conversation: How to talk about alcohol

Talking to a teen is a new experience. It requires patience, understanding, guidance, and control. It also requires courage to initiate topics such as alcohol and underage drinking. Know when to bring up the topic and how to open the conversation and keep the dialogue going.

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Real kids are curious about alcohol – even your kids

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Real kids are curious about alcohol – even your kids

There is no stereotype for kids who use alcohol. Honor students, band members, middle school students - they are all interested in alcohol and so is your child. Underage drinking is a part of teen culture and it is up to parents to prepare their kids to make good choices.

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Combating the 4 high-risk factors of underage teen drinking

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Combating the 4 high-risk factors of underage teen drinking

Teen years are filled with changes that leave teens feeling stressed, self-conscious, and vulnerable and teens tend to address those emotions by turning to what kids their age have for generations - alcohol. Clearly, alcohol is not the answer and it is your job as a parent to help your teen recognize that.

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