We know the importance of teens getting the 8-10 hours of sleep their bodies and minds desperately need, as well as the many negative consequences of sleep deprivation, including the link to substance use. Now that we know how much sleep our children need, let’s take a look at what we can do to help them achieve quality sleep.
The joy of staying up late and sleeping in has come to a screeching halt for our children, and parents are faced with the daunting task of dragging tired teens out of bed each weekday morning. Lack of sleep not only leaves children cranky, but it can negatively impact mental health and substance use.
The first day of middle school has come and gone. While your child’s initial fears of navigating the hallways, using the combination lock and finding someone to sit with at lunch may be officially behind her, it doesn’t mean she’s got a peaceful, easy feeling about the rest of her middle school experience. And as a parent, you must know, this is only the beginning.
The idea of sneaking alcohol into a football stadium is nothing new. Encourage kids to find their personal motivation for being alcohol-free. They may attribute it to academics, sports, friendships, appearance, health or not wanting to disappoint their parents. Regardless, students will feel better equipped and more confident in saying ‘no’ if they have thought about it ahead of time.
Each year as summer draws to a close, teachers, parents, and students alike all begin their back to school preparations. Whether you are sending your child off to Pre-K for the first time, readying a classroom for a new set of students, or attending your freshman year of college, there's a lot to prepare for. Check out these resources that can help make sure you are ready to make this school year one of the best.