How to Talk to Your Teen About Drugs

By Stephanie Thomas As your kid moves from moody middle schooler to angsty teen, you might find yourself calling your parents to apologize for your own childhood from time to time. After all, teenagers are … a complicated crew. Full of creativity, energy and passion one moment — broken hearts, slammed doors and all-day naps…

Tips for Talking About Drugs with Your Middle Schooler

By Stephanie Thomas Let’s conjure up some middle school memories for a moment shall we? Here’s what I see: me, shorter and smaller than I am now but feeling large and frumpy. I have friends, good friends, and yet I seem to be both noticeable and unnoticeable – and always at the wrong times. I’m…

How to Talk to Your Elementary School Kids About Drugs

By Stephanie Thomas Seems like it was just yesterday when your toddler mispronounced every word from spaghetti (ba-sketti) to guacamole (monkey-bowie), all in her own sweet, flawed perfection. And yes, there were lots of talks of food in those early days. Now she’s learning to read and, gloriously, stumbling on her words again. It’s the…

Helping Seniors Find Connection During the Holiday Season

By Christa A. Banister While there’s plenty to love about the holiday season — gingerbread lattes, ugly sweater parties, repeat viewings of Elf and, of course, all the feasting with family and friends — what’s often been called “the most wonderful time of the year” can often be the loneliest time for so many senior…

Teenage Opioid Addiction Is More Common Than You Probably Think

By Christa Banister Opioid overdoses are becoming so commonplace in the United States that, late this past summer, even People magazine kicked the Kardashians and other celebrity coverage off the front page to address the crisis. What was probably most shocking about the cover feature wasn’t just the sheer number of people who’ve accidentally overdosed…

Yes, You Should Talk to Your Preschooler About Drugs

By Stephanie Thomas Putting the words “drugs” and “preschooler” in the same sentence looks like the backlash to helicopter parenting gone haywire. Sure, today’s kids need an extra dose of reality, but talking about heroin with little Charlie? Seems a bit much. Hear us out. Experts believe the preschool years are the best time to…