Helping families face teen addiction

Nov 12, 15 Helping families face teen addiction

Posted by in Media, Parenting

Every week, parents looking for help with issues and problems related to substance use contact us through this website — so my wife, journalist Christine Tatum, and I have written a book designed to help them act quickly, efficiently and effectively to care for their children.

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Marijuana use and pregnancy

May 14, 14 Marijuana use and pregnancy

Posted by in Marijuana, Parenting, Uncategorized

Of the 2.4 million Americans who try marijuana for the first time each year, 58 percent are under the age of 18. That’s why when we’re debating drug policy and the impact of marijuana on society, we cannot ignore kids. Because the brain isn’t fully formed until about the age of 25, youth are especially vulnerable...

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Dishware teaches healthy eating for kids

Nov 07, 13 Dishware teaches healthy eating for kids

Posted by in Parenting, Uncategorized

A Colorado company has designed dishware aimed at helping families chart an easier path to healthy living by watching their food portions at mealtime. Livliga — a name that comes from a Swedish word meaning lively, vibrant or vivid — sells dining ware and serving utensils for children and adults. Every piece has unique...

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Talking with your child about tragedy

Dec 14, 12 Talking with your child about tragedy

Posted by in Parenting

A common question at times like these is, “How should I discuss this with my children?” There is no script — but there are helpful strategies that might allow you and your child to talk through things together. I found a few good resources I hope you’ll find helpful.

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Help your teen overcome depression

May 08, 12 Help your teen overcome depression

Posted by in Parenting

I’m a big fan of a series of videos recently produced by the Child Mind Institute. This one does a nice job of explaining teen depression, which affects one in seven young people. You can hear more about the condition during a conversation I recently had with young people working for The Mash student newspaper in...

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OCD: It’s real. It’s treatable.

May 08, 12 OCD: It’s real. It’s treatable.

Posted by in Parenting

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, affects approximately 1 million children. Take a look at this great video produced by the Child Mind Institute. As the organization writes, “Speaking up the first step to getting more kids the help they...

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ADHD: Treat it early, change a young life

May 08, 12 ADHD: Treat it early, change a young life

Posted by in Parenting

I’m a big fan of a series of videos produced by the Child Mind Institute, which writes: “Nearly 50 percent of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) never get treated. Early, effective care can change their...

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A trip to the garden center

Apr 09, 12 A trip to the garden center

Posted by in Parenting

From the files of “Out of the Mouths of Babes” — and as recounted on my Facebook Wall to the delight of dozens of friends, who offered enthusiastic thumbs up: Christine Tatum is recovering from the trauma of visiting a garden center with her 5-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter this evening. “Look,...

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