There is a unique and special connection between siblings that cannot be denied nor duplicated. They are both tormentors and protectors; a source of teasing one moment, the greatest ally the next. Siblings are also likely to be one and other’s longest-lasting relationship. Four out of five Americans get to experience the growing years with a brother or sister, and in most families the older siblings serve as role models for the younger ones. The influence of older siblings is so powerful, in fact, that it is said to rival that of peers and many times outweigh parental influence - for the better or worse.
Would you know if your child was experimenting with or using drugs? Would you be able to spot the clues? Hidden in Plain Sight is an awareness program for parents and other adults that helps uncover signs of trouble.
In a previous tip, Know! The End of Bullying Begins With YOU, we learned that in 2016, more than one in five students reported being bullied. Regardless of what position a child is in - a target, bully, or bystander – they are at an increased risk for a variety of mental health and behavioral problems, including substance abuse.
Wondering why we hear so much about bullying? Because there’s way too much of it going on and it’s a huge problem for everyone involved.
In a previous parent tip, Know! – What Kind of Parent Are You? we broke down the four basic parenting styles. Based on the descriptions, you were hopefully able to determine your overall parenting style. Now is your chance to see how your parenting style measures up for your child’s success.