As parents, we share some really big milestones with our children.
There’s riding that bike for the first time, braving the first day of school, or marching off to sleep-away camp. And, of course, there’s the huge anxiety-provoking-and-incredibly-exciting moment of earning the first driver’s license.
Let’s face it: driving is different.
Driving notoriously provokes hand wringing, nail-biting, and rampant ...
Every year, millions of Americans struggle with opioid addiction.
In 2015, about 2.6 million people aged 12 or older suffered opioid addiction involving two common forms of the drug. Opioids include many pain relief prescriptions, plus dangerous street drugs like heroin.
In 2015, 276,000 U.S. youths aged 12-17 used pain relievers for recreation or other non-medical purposes. It’s possible to become addicted to opioid m...
The Epidemic of Teen Prescription Drug Abuse
For nearly 25 years Sean Grover L.C.S.W. has worked with teenagers in therapy groups and asked them to identify any mood altering substances that they or their friends have tried. Year after year, the top two answers were always the same: marijuana and alcohol.
Recently, he asked teenagers in his groups the same question. What drugs or mood-altering substances have they or their friends tri...
From Childhood To Adulthood
For many, high school graduation day rightly marks a transition from childhood to adulthood. No longer acting like a child, this new adult is properly equipped to embrace life and move forward with excitement and determination. Unfortunately, too many graduates fail to make this shift and thus drag out the transition well into their twenties.
Not all of this is the graduate’s fault. Parents who don&rs...
10 guidelines for having fun with technology and minimizing the risks.
One of the questions most commonly asked by parents is, “What is the 'right' age for my child to begin texting and using social media?”
As with most aspects of child-rearing, there isn’t a simple one-age-fits-all guideline. It’s best for parents to know about how to prepare kids to use technology—at whatever age they de...
Adolescent and Anger Management Strategies
Anger is a natural and perfectly healthy emotion that we all experience from time to time. Feeling anger is just part of being human. Be that as it may, failure to act appropriately when experiencing anger is a serious issue that can progress into what behavioral experts refer to as, anger management disorder. With that being said, there is perhaps no other demographic who suffers m...
You can tell yourself all you want that even the best of us makes the occasional mistake now and then, but when you’re the one who makes the mistake, it can be difficult to believe.
Consider, for example, the fact that many of the top box office and Oscar-winning movies contain bloopers. In fact, the IMDB website regularly includes a list of “goofs” in such acclaimed movies as Chicago, and there is an entire website d...
Our nation is filled with stressed out teens. Anxiety affects about one third of youth in the U.S.? According to the Child Mind Institute Children’s Mental Health Report, anxiety is the most common childhood disorder among teens ages 13–18. Sadly, 80 percent of youth do not receive treatment for their condition. What’s more concerning is teens are experiencing anxiety levels that mirror or extend beyond the level adult...
James Grimes is an avid golfer.
The Covington resident practices or plays five or six times a week at Abita Springs Golf Club, and he’s been lucky enough to play in tournaments around the country. Though not quite ready for the PGA Tour, he has competed in some age-group events in places such as Las Vegas, San Diego, and even at fabled Pinehurst in North Carolina.
When he played in San Diego, Grimes posted 18-hole scores of 83, ...