February is the month of romance, so what better time than now to bring up the subject with your teen? Whether your teen has shown interest in dating, it has more than likely crossed his or her mind. It is vitally important for our daughters and our sons to hear from us on this subject. They need to know what a healthy relationship entails; they need to be clear on the family rules regarding teen romance and dating; and they need to be keenly aware that no means no, and “love” does not equal sex.
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.
If you are raising teenagers, you have no doubt heard of some of the ridiculous internet challenges that exist among this age group. While some of these new age “dares” are silly and harmless, many more are dangerous and even deadly. One such dare currently trending is called the ‘Tide Pod Challenge.’
Aside from prescription drug abuse being illegal, it is highly dangerous. Yet one in four high school students will use a prescription medication for non-medical reasons at least once before graduating. Youth say prescription drugs are easier to access than a six-pack of beer. So where are students getting these prescription meds? 64 percent of youth report obtaining prescription drugs from their home medicine cabinets or from other family members or friends.
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.