There are a lot of reasons why parenting a teen can be challenging. Increased hormones and developing adolescent brain are part of the reasons why you’re teen’s moods and behaviors swing so dramatically. Did you know that research has shown that the brain does not fully mature until the age of 25!

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Jaunary 2014

Is your tween sporting a set of headphones, watching videos on their new tablet, or listening to music on their new phone?  Young teens use their electronic gadgets to connect with each other and to keep up with popular culture.  So just about the time your kid is tuning you out, you need to be more aware of what is filling their heads.

Did you know that popular artists including Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj and Kanye West have all referred to the drug “Molly” in their songs? “Molly” is basically the same as theEcstasy of the '90s but rebranded as a purer, gentler party drug.  Additionally, andnot particularly surprising, a recent study of hit recordings finds nearly a quarter of them mention brand name alcohol, including the popular song “Royals” by Lorde.  Consider doing the following:

  • Review the history on your teen’s electronics
  • Put on their headphones and actually listen to the music
  • If you don’t know what it means, go to www.lyrics.com
  • Check out www.urbandictionary.com
  • Talk to your kids regularly about what they hear, and your expectations for their choices

y2yYouth 2 Youth is a group for teens who choose not to use drugs and alcohol. 

Our mission is to help teens feel comfortable having fun without the influence of drugs or alcohol, or other risky choices. 

Youth 2 Youth is a comprehensive peer involvement and drug prevention program where teens support each other in their decisions to be free of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Youth shape the program and determine how they will be positive role models for their peers. The goal of its many projects is harnessing the powerful influence of peer pressure-- making it a positive force that encourages young people to live free of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

Youth 2 Youth meets weekly at Fairbanks, Bunsold (Marysville), and North Union middle schools. High school students are invited to meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the YMCA 

If you would like more inforamtion about Youth 2 Youth, contact Chelcie Beadnell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Social media sites to connect with peers have become very popular among adults and youth alike. Teens post text and pictures to express themselves and share about their lives. But more important than your teen having “likes” or “followers” there is a critical need to connect with you, the parent.  Reading your child’s “tweets” or watching their video posts may keep you in the loop, but it doesn’t take the place of face-to-face time. Your connection with your child will serve as a backdrop to their relationships and decisions in the present and in the future, including the decision not to use alcohol and other drugs.

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More than one in five parents believe they have little influence in preventing teens from using illicit substances

Source: SAMHSA Press Office

 

Parents are among the most influential factors in preventing children’s substance use

A new report indicates that more than one in five parents of teens aged 12 to 17 (22.3 percent) think what they say has little influence on whether or not their child uses illicit substances, tobacco, or alcohol. This report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) also shows one in ten parents said they did not talk to their teens about the dangers of using tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs even though 67.6 percent of these parents who had not spoken to their children thought they would influence whether their child uses drugs if they spoke to them.

In fact national surveys of teens ages 12 to 17 show that teens who believe their parents would strongly disapprove of their substance use were less likely to use substances than other. For example, current marijuana use was less prevalent among youth who believed their parents would strongly disapprove of their trying marijuana once or twice than among youth who did not perceive this level of disapproval (5.0 percent vs. 31.5 percent).

"Surveys of teens repeatedly show that parents can make an enormous difference in influencing their children’s perceptions of tobacco, alcohol, or illicit drug use," said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde. "Although most parents are talking with their teens about the risks of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs, far too many are missing the vital opportunity these conversations provide in influencing their children’s health and well-being. Parents need to initiate age-appropriate conversations about these issues with their children at all stages of their development in order to help ensure that their children make the right decisions."

Parents can draw upon a number of resources to help them talk with their children about substance use. One resource is SAMHSA’s "Navigating the Teen Years: A Parent’s Handbook for Raising Healthy Teens," available at http://store.samhsa.gov/product/Navigating-the-Teen-Years-A-Parent-s-Handbook-for-Raising-Health-Teens/PHD1127.

"Talk. They Hear You." is SAMHSA’s new national media campaign encouraging parents with ideas and resources to promote conversations with children ages nine and older about the dangers of underage drinking. The campaign features a series of TV, radio, and print public service announcements in English and Spanish showing parents how to seize the moment to talk with their children about alcohol. Information about the campaign is available at: www.underagedrinking.samhsa.gov.

The SAMHSA report, "1 in 5 Parents Think What They Say Has Little Impact on Their Child’s Substance Use," is available at http://www.samhsa.gov/data/2K13/Spotlight/Spot081-Parents.pdf. It is based on the findings of SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health -- an annual nationwide survey of 67,500 Americans aged 12 or older.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

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