Start Talking! is pleased to join the Ohio Youth-Led Drug Prevention Network and the Drug Free Action Alliance at this year’s “We Are The Majority” youth rally on April 20 in Columbus. The majority of youth in Ohio, aged 12-17, are not participating in substance use or physical violence, and are leading the way in promoting mental health wellness. The rally invites Ohio middle and high school students to join together to celebrate living healthy, substance-free lifestyles.
Even as adults, anger can be a difficult emotion to control, especially when it involves a child who continues to defy his or her parents. No one can push our buttons like our own children. However, the importance of exhibiting self-control in order to discipline a child appropriately, is monumental.
We all want our children to be happy, right? So as parents and teachers, we find ourselves going out of our way, doing many small acts of kindness every day, solely for their benefit. But what we quickly learn is that these acts of kindness actually benefit us as well, even if unintended. Why? Because we care deeply about our children and students, and it feels good to do good for them.
It is always important to focus attention on abuse in young people’s relationships and provide information to help prevent it. In a previous Know! tip, The Not-So-Innocent Side of Teen Romance, we discussed the prevalence of physical, emotional and verbal dating abuse that takes place among youth, as well as the long-lasting problems that can develop because of it.
Children spend more than half their weekdays in school. Start Talking! and the Drug Free Action Alliance recognize teachers are powerful influencers in their students' lives and have an incredible opportunity to guide them toward making healthy, drug-free lifestyle choices.