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Information for Parents on Alcohol and the Brain.
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CAST's Project Pizza Box Campaign -
Preventing Underage Drinking

If you ordered a pizza recently, you may have noticed a sticker on the box telling you that 38% of Upper Merion teens believe that getting alcohol is as easy as getting a pizza. 

So where do teens get alcohol? 
Why would parents provide alcohol to minors?
What is the Pennsylvania Law on providing alcohol to anyone under 21?
So what can parents do to keep their kids safe and prevent underage drinking?

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Did your child watch 13 Reasons Why?
If so, she or he may have lots of questions. This series contained graphic information on suicide, drugs and alcohol, and sexual assault and may have been disturbing for your child.  HERE are some points you may want to discuss with your child. Click here for more information on how to talk to your child about this series and the sensitive topics portrayed in it.

Share these Ten Tips for Prevention with your tweens and teens.

As a young person you are faced with many challenges. However, very few have the potential to affect your life in a more significant way than the decisions you make about alcohol and drugs. The decisions you make about alcohol and drugs will influence your health, your grades, your relationships, your job or career, maybe even your freedom.

So, what can you do to protect yourself and reduce the risk of alcohol and drug problems?

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Boundaries With Teens: How to Address Alcohol and Drug Issues
It is every parent’s nightmare: having a teen on alcohol or drugs. This is not life as God designed it. Substance abuse causes the breakdown of all that is good. Enslavement replaces freedom. Detachment replaces love. Chaos replaces order. Despair replaces hope. Boundaries with teens is the answer.

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PARENTING:  Is My Adolescent’s Behavior “Normal?”

Information from the CAST Seminar, “Is This Normal? Presented by MINDING YOUR MIND, February, 2016
Since adolescents are prone to mood swings, it can be tricky to determine if your child’s behavior is a normal part of growing up or whether your child may be experiencing a mental health issue. The key is to observe your child, and pay attention to the moods that are normal for him/her. If your child’s mood changes and stays that way for two weeks or more, then it is time to seek help. The sooner you seek help, the better the outcome for your child.  Early intervention can reduce the likelihood of symptoms recurring.
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Empowering Tweens: 
Information from the Parent/Child Tween Workshop

Presented by Patricia Gallagher, Kathy Opperman, and Genia Silva from Pillars of Light and Love.
The tween years are a time for challenge and transition.  It is an ideal time to prepare your child for the teen years and do what you can to make their future journey a little less bumpy.  It is the time to make sure they have the tools to address everyday life issues so that they are better equipped for their teen years.
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Real Talk for Teens with Dr. Offutt

If you're like many parents, you may find it difficult to communicate with your teens.  According to Dr. Laura Offutt, author of the blog, Real Talk for Teens, teens may not tell adults things because they want to try to figure out how to solve it themselves.  "This is a normal part of maturation," says Dr. Offutt. She offers the following tips for encouraging teen communication: 
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Talk, They Hear You

moms thoughts space Click here to view this new public service announcement for underage drinking prevention, created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), helps parents start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol.
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Does Your Child Have All Their Assets?

40 developmental assets Divided by age group.
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dinnerCAST Family Dinner Kit

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Benefits of Family Dinner
Conversation Starters
Dinner Recipies
10 Teen Tips for Parents
Ongoing Communication
Parenting Resources

Talking to Your Kids About Underage Drinking:

Parents have a lot more influence than they realize when it comes to a teen's decision to drink alcohol.  In fact, 3 out of 4 kids say that their parents are the biggest influence in their decisions about alcohol.  Informed, caring parents can make a difference!  Your kids are listening!  What will you say?
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This website was developed,  in part, under a grant number SP 14395-07 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of ONDCP, SAMHSA or HHS.