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Teens and Drugs: Don’t Look the Other Way

 

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Many people use prescription drugs for relief from chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Unfortunately, many people abuse these drugs and then find themselves addicted. Some of these abusers take more than the prescribed dosage. But, more often than not, the abuse comes from people who do not have a prescription at all.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, of the number of abusers, teens and young adults between the ages of 18 to 25 rank the highest. In a single year, 2014, over 1,700 died of an overdose. This figure does not include young adults that required medical treatment or a hospital stay. If you see a change in your child’s behavior take notice and act without delay. The sooner he/she gets help at a recovery clinic, the more likely positive changes will be permanent. Pinnacle Peak Recovery, an Arizona drug rehab program lists a number of programs that use proven treatment modalities like CBT, DBT, EMDR, and Experiential Therapy that can help your teen if they have an addiction problem.

Drug abuse is on the rise. And for teens, the probability of having someone approach them is more common than you think. Dealers are in middle schools, high schools, and colleges, often disguised as friends. And what they’re pushing often originally comes from a pharmacy shelf. Of these prescription drugs, the most common on the streets are opioid pain relievers, ADHD and anti-anxiety drugs. The reason they are so available in colleges is that students are under a lot of pressure to get good grades. The ADHD drugs help them to focus, making studying easier. The problem is that they soon begin to rely on them for daily use.

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Teens and young adults want to fit in with their peers. If approached at school or a party, many will try them just to look cool. Some may never take a pill again, but others now contact the person who introduced them to get more. Despite your best efforts, any child can find themselves addicted. This is a serious matter. They are taking something their body doesn’t need and may lead to serious consequences down the road.

If you suspect your child may have a problem with drugs, don’t ignore it. Take the time to sit with them and discuss the dangers of using these types of medicines. If they admit that they have tried but are not using, keep an eye on them. If you observe changes in their behavior, grades and appearance these may all be cause for alarm. Since prescription drugs are only safe when monitored by a doctor, teens and adults are at risk.

If you discover that your teen has a drug problem get them help fast. Along with rehab, you should also keep your child in counseling to uncover the underlying reason for the abuse. While some do it just to experiment and get high, others do it to avoid their life. Getting the proper help can mean the difference between a life of dependency and a bright future.

You love your children and want the best for them. But, sometimes despite your efforts, they get into trouble. A child hooked on drugs could lead to deadly consequences. This is a growing problem across the United States. It’s not partial to any economic or social group. Educating your teen before they reach puberty is a step in the right direction. Keeping them busy with sports and after-school programs will also help. It may just give them the confidence they need to say no to drugs.

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7 Signs Your Teen May Be Hiding Drug or Alcohol Abuse

 

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Being a parent is not always easy. It’s not all “sunshine and rainbows” all the time. The older a child becomes, the more challenges you face as a parent.

I think being a teenager in today’s world is a lot harder than it was when I was a teen. When I was a teen I felt pressure to have designer jeans and albums from the top of the charts. Sure, there were keg parties in the woods, but sampling your first taste of beer as a teenager seems a lot more harmless than what teens today are doing.

Social media is the biggest danger to teens, in my opinion. They are also faced with much more “bad stuff” than just a keg party. These days teens are pressured to try out and/or use a variety of drugs and alcohols. It’s not just pot and beer – it’s cocaine, meth, Vicodin, Adderal as well as glue, pens and household cleaners, not to mention Jello shots and hard liquor.

How do you know if your teen is using and/or abusing drugs?

Here are seven signs to look out for, compliments of TeenSafe (TeenSafe.com).

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this information for the benefit of site readers. 

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Relax With Fantastic Summer Reads from HarperCollins Children’s Books!

 

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With summer time just around the corner, many people are already gearing up for soaking up the sun at the beach, lounging around the pool or packing their bags for a much needed vacation.

Summer time is a great time to catch up on your reading, or simply relax and enjoy a good book. This applies to everyone – both young and old.

Harper Collins has some delightful new releases that would make great books to read this summer.

PICTURE BOOKS

Paddington Sets Sail

Paddington Sets Sail written by Michael Bond, illustrated by R.W. Alley

9780062430656– $16.99 – Ages 4 to 8 

Paddington sets sail on a funny, sunny trip to the beach in this brand-new Level 1 I Can Read Story!

 What This Story Needs Is a Munch and a Crunch

What This Story Needs Is a Munch and a Crunch written and illustrated by Emma J. Virjan

9780062415295– $9.99 – Ages 4 to 8 

What this story needs is a pig in a wig baking bread, pouring punch, and meeting a friend for a picnic lunch. But just as the outdoor fun and games get started, a thunderstorm rolls in and it turns out what this story really needs is another place to eat! Pig and her friends are determined not to let a little rain ruin their fun.

Flip & Fin Super Sharks to the Rescue

Flip & Fin: Super Sharks to the Rescue! written by Timothy Gill, illustrated by Neil Numberman

9780062243010– $15.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 6/14/2016

The toothy stars of Flip & Fin: We Rule the School are back! This time, the sand shark twins are eager to become superheroes and help others. But what is a shark to do when ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE runs away from them?

MIDDLE GRADE

Stick Cat written by Tom Watson

Stick Cat written by Tom Watson

9780062411006– $12.99 – Ages 8 to 12 

It’s a big day in the big city for Stick Cat and his best friend, Edith. There are treasures to hunt, songs to sing, pigeons to catch, and naps to take. But way up on the 23rd floor, danger lurks just around the corner. Terrible noises and violent crashes trap a desperate man in the building across the alley. Stick Cat will need to navigate his way across the alley to attempt a rescue.

 Swing Sideways by Nanci Turner Stevenson

Swing Sideways by Nanci Turner Stevenson

9780062374547– $16.99 – Ages 8 to 12

This heartfelt middle grade debut in the vein of Bridge to Terabithia and Walk Two Moons tells the story of two girls, and the unforgettable summer in which they learn about true friendship and loss.

 Eleven and Holding by Mary Penney

Eleven and Holding by Mary Penney

9780062405470– $16.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 6/7/2016

Macy’s birthday is just days away, but she has no intention of turning twelve without her dad by her side, who has disappeared. Macy takes it upon herself to solve the mystery, and crashes head-on with the truth. It’s then she discovers that knowing can sometimes be a heavy burden. And that change, when finally accepted, comes with an unexpected kind of grace.

 Fancy Nancy Nancy Clancy Seeks a Fortune

Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy Seeks a Fortune by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser      

9780062269690– $9.99 – Ages 6 to 10 – On Sale 6/7/2016

Meet Shivers, the scaredy-est pirate to ever sail the Seven Seas. Along with his best friend Margo and his loyal fishmate (yes, you read that correctly) Albee, Shivers battles a giant squid, discovers hidden treasures, and gets pooped on by a pigeon in order to save his parents from the clutches of evil.

Get your summer fix with these paperback editions

  • Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins (On Sale 5/3/2016)
  • The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye (On Sale 5/3/2016)

YOUNG ADULT

The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight

The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight

9780062359094– $18.99 – Ages 14 and Up 

A fast-paced teen series from New York Times bestselling author Kimberly McCreight, where one girl learns that in a world of intrigue, betrayal, and deeply buried secrets, it is vital to trust your instincts.

The Crown by Kiera Cass

The Crown by Kiera Cass

9780062392176– $19.99 – Ages 13 and Up 

Princess Eadlyn didn’t think she would find a real partner among the Selection’s thirty-five suitors, let alone true love. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you… and now Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more difficult—and more important—than she ever expected.

Ruined by Amy Tintera

Ruined by Amy Tintera

9780062396600– $17.99 – Ages 13 and Up

Em may be a useless Ruined, completely lacking any magic, but no one is more motivated to destroy the king. He ordered the elimination of the Ruined, he killed her parents and kidnapped her sister, and Em will make him pay.

 The Season of You & Me by Robin Constantine

The Season of You & Me by Robin Constantine

9780062438836 – $17.99 – Ages 14 and Up 

A funny and heartfelt romance set in New Jersey, about two very different people, a girl dealing with a bad breakup and a surfer who is now in a wheelchair after an accident.

 The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

9780062422583– $17.99 – Ages 13 and Up – On Sale 5/17/2016

Perfect for fans of Shadow and Bone and Red Queen, The Crown’s Game is a thrilling and atmospheric historical fantasy set in Imperial Russia about two teenagers who must compete for the right to become The Royal Enchanter—or die in the process.

Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

9780062379962 – $17.99 – Ages 13 and Up – On Sale 5/17/2016

Maguire knows she’s bad luck. No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. But then she meets Jordy, a confident, talented, and lucky, aspiring tennis star, who is convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak.

Sing by Vivi Greene

Sing by Vivi Greene

9780062459831– $17.99 – Ages 13 and Up – On Sale 5/31/2016

In this sweeping beach read—think: Lauren Conrad meets Katie Cotugno—America’s biggest pop star flees the spotlight to recover from her latest break-up in Maine, only to fall head-over-heels for a local boy and be faced with an impossible decision: her new guy, or her music.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

9780062391742– $17.99 – Ages 13 and Up – On Sale 6/7/2016

Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a stranger—and caught up in an insidious conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems.  Jane’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong. A fantastical, romantical, hilarious(ical) adventure.

For more summer teen reads, check out… 

  • Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes (On Sale 5/3/2016)
  • The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani (On Sale 5/3/2016)
  • The Last Time We Were Us by Leah Konen (On Sale 5/10/2016)
  • The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes (On Sale 5/10/2016)
  • This is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer (On Sale 5/10/2016)
  • Please Don’t Tell by Laura Tims (On Sale 5/24/2016)
  • Autofocus by Jessi Kirby (On Sale 6/14/2016)
  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (On Sale 7/5/2016)
  • Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra (On Sale 7/12/2016)

Get your summer fix with these paperback editions –  

  • Before I Fall Enhanced Edition by Lauren Oliver (On Sale 3/8/2016)
  • Bone Gap (Printz Award winner for best YA book and National Book Award Finalist)
  • Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer
  • Delirium/Pandemonium/Requiem (paperback repackage with new covers) by Lauren Oliver (On Sale 5/17/2016)
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (won Morris Award for best YA debut) by Becky Albertalli (On Sale 6/7/2016)

If you would like to learn more about these and other books visit  www.HarperCollins.com/Childrens.

What do you plan on reading this summer?

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. 

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Need help paying for college?

 

Our daughter's high school graduation.

Our daughter’s high school graduation.

I am forever grateful that my father and step mother set up a special savings account for both of my children for college. Living paycheck to paycheck hasn’t afforded us the opportunity to to put aside much money to help our children pay for college. Thankfully their college funds can help pay for at least two years of college.

Our daughter is currently in college. She graduates this time next year. She is already looking into what college to transfer to.

There are many factors she is considering when looking at colleges to transfer to – majors, college life, area, reviews from other students, and the biggest factor of all – tuition.

When I look at the cost of tuition I get stressed out. It truly is a major investment, just like a car or a home. You really have to explore all options to make the best decisions for your family.

Now that our daughter’s college fun from grandpa is running out we need to find other ways for her to afford her college so that she can finish up her Bachelor’s Degree, and ideally her Master’s Degree down the road too.

One of the things that bothers us about most student loans is that their terms are not something we are comfortable with. We want a student loan that has payment terms that we feel are best for us.

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I recently learned about College Ave Student Loans.  College Ave Student Loans is a leading online student loan marketplace.

The College Ave Student Loans parent page is loaded with a lot of valuable information about College Ave Student Loans, interest rates and how parents can save an average of $1,000 compared to Federal Student Loans. I’m all for saving money.

Another interesting thing that I like about College Ave Student Loans is that parents can get up to $2,500 direct deposited into their bank account. Those funds can be used to pay for other college expenses like books and dorm supplies. I can tell you first hand that college books are VERY expensive. Just one of my daughter’s books cost $300 – and it was a used book.

With most student loans, parents and students are required to start paying the loan back as soon as the student graduates. With the deferred payment and astronomical interest rates, students are looking at paying back hundreds of dollars each month. That is not that easy for a new college graduate to do.

A co-worker of my husband’s daughter is paying over $400+ per month toward her student loans. When I think about my daughter and how much she makes at her current job, there is no way she can afford that. It’s no wonder many college students end up back and home with their parents.

A unique thing with College Ave Student Loans is that parents and students can start paying the loan off right away. You do not have to wait until your student graduates from college. By paying off the loan while the student is in college you are saving a lot of money on interest.

College Ave Student Loans also lets parents/students to pick their own payment terms, making it easier and more convenient to pay back the loan. Repayment terms run from 5 to 12 years.

College Ave Tool

I was playing around with the College Ave Student Loans qualification tool and found that payment terms and amounts are very flexible. You could easily find something that works for you.

The tool shows you payment amounts for loans from $2,000 up to $80,000. I put in random amounts (thinking abut how much the colleges my daughter is looking into cost) and played around with the length of the loan and how much per month we could comfortably afford.

I found this to be a very valuable and eye opening tool.

If you have a child who heading off to college, and you are still up in the air about how you are going to afford the tuition and other expenses, I encourage you to check out College Ave Student Loans.

College Ave Student Loans also have no origination fees and lower rates than the federal loan for those with qualifying credit.

Let’s face it, paying for college is not easy, but knowing how much you can afford and how long it will take to pay it off makes the process a lot less stressing.

For more information visit the College Ave Student Loans homepage. From there you can you can access tools, loans, refinancing and more.

You can also check out College Ave Student Loans on social media. Their links can be found on the bottom right of their homepage.

Do you have a student in college? Do you have student loans? How are you dealing with them?

Do you have a student who will be attending college in the near future? How are you planning to help pay the cost of tuition and other expenses?

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Kimberly

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Why strict parenting is bad for your kids?

 

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What kind of a parent you are? A soft one? Or hard? Or a mix of both? No matter in which category you belong to, one thing is sure that, being a parent is one of the toughest jobs in the world. It comes with the great responsibility of raising a kid, instilling good virtues and taking care of him or her physical and emotional growth.

In between all this, a parent has to discipline the kid and make him/her understand the virtues of good behavior. After all, every parent wants a well-behaved and obedient kid. In a sense, you do all this by adopting a parenting style – some take to soft parenting while some resort to strict parenting and harsh discipline. So, is strict parenting justified or beneficial?

No, this may make the kid polite and obedient but only temporarily. This kind of parenting style gives advantages but only of instant type. There are many theories that caution parents against authoritative parenting as it does some serious harms to the psyche of the kids. In a way, strict parenting is something you must not resort for many reasons.

Let’s look why strict parenting is not justified:

  • Kids raised through strict parenting develop low self-esteem and inferiority complex. Such kids live with a conception that their opinion does not matter at all.
  • Such kids develop low self-worth as their entire purpose remain focused around showing good behavior only as this is the only route for them to be feel accepted.
  • Kids raise through authoritative parenting styles often lack trust in people and for them, affections shown by others never appear anything more than a hidden motive.
  • Such kids gradually lose the will to go with gut feeling or intuition as they have been controlled to become passive.
  • Such kids have fear of new experimentation or lack enthusiasm for trying out something new, as from the childhood, they have been told to not go out of the box of always live within a box.
  • Such kids come with a preconceived notions of the world around and have biased about the ways of the world, which somewhat limits their thought process.
  • They grow up suppressing feelings, which over time, give them an emotionally detached façade.
  • Their experience makes them averse to positive feelings or affections and they never take such emotions seriously.
  • For having gone through punishment strategy, they develop shame and self-guilt and view people from the lens of good or bad only.
  • Such kids develop an attraction towards power and in this, they get the recipe or develop the habit of lording over others.
  • Kids who are raised this way are more likely to bully others into submission than the rest.
  • Strict parenting leaves behind a hierarchical behavior pattern where kids deem it necessary to present oneself as inferior to authorities.

In a nutshell, we can see how adopting strict parenting is a sure-shot recipe of disaster. It may bring some short-term rewards but its impact lasts long and in some cases, can haunt one to the grave. So, it’s important to understand your kid and their requirements and handle them with great care.

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Ian Alam is a blogger & writer from UK who specializes in writing about health & Fitness topics. He works with Jump In, which is counted among one of the Best  Trampoline Park London, UK. 

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Siblings… and what to watch on television

 

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Me and my “sister” (biological aunt)

Whenever someone asks me if I am an only child, the youngest or the oldest I have to answer “yes” to all three of them. Confusing, isn’t it?

I am my father’s only biological child. I was raised by my paternal grandparents. My biological aunt and uncle were my sister and brother. That would make me the youngest. It wasn’t until a month or so ago that I found my maternal aunt who told me I have FOUR younger brothers. That makes me the oldest of my half-brothers, even though I have never met them and chances are I never will (one passed away at birth).

What is it about siblings where they have to quibble over the silliest things.

I have a son and daughter. They are two and a half years apart in age. They get along better now that they are teenagers (16 1/2 and almost 19), but they still fight over the silliest things.

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When they were younger (even as far as a year or two ago) they would fight over what to watch on television. It’s not that my son watches much t.v. (he honestly doesn’t), but he does like to watch CNN, MSNBC and The Weather Channel (odd choices for a teen boy, but he likes what he likes). My daughter on the other hand loves to watch t.v. and she is totally into hows like One Tree Hill, the O.C and Degrassi. She’s watched the seasons over and over again on Netflix. They are not my son’s “cup of tea,” but he tend to give into her (they share one of the t.v.’s) so the poor boy probably knows every episode by heart. LOL!

Even when it comes to Family Movie Night it can be a struggle because my kids are into totally different things. I tend to pick the movie so as not to have to deal with their squabbling at on another.

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Did you know that April 10, 2016 is National Sibling Day?

Netflix wants siblings everywhere, no matter what their television preferences are, to get along and find shows they can enjoy – dare I say – together.

This month, Netflix has created two different playlists that siblings can choose from in hopes that they enjoy watching the programs together.

One of the playlists is “Tale of Two Distant Ages” and the other is “Sugar and Spice.”

Both lists have a nice variety of programs and movies. Some I know are favorites of my children, others they haven’t seen yet but I think they might enjoy.

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Both playlists are geared more towards children and younger teens, but I know my kids both enjoy movies and shows such as Daddy Day Care, The Croods, Cupcake Wars and Fuller House.

To make it even easier to find quality entertainment sibling of all ages can enjoy (parents too!), Netflix also included two other lists – “Meet in the Middle” and “Much Watch TV.”

Out of all four lists, the one that would best suit my kids is “Must Watch TV.” My daughter already watches some of the shows on the list (Parks and Recreation and New Girl).

If your kids still need help deciding what to watch, Netflix has created a special “Fortune Teller” to make things a little easier. Fortune Tellers go by other names too like “Cootie Catcher.” I make these ALL THE TIME for the kids I work with. I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t make at least one of them.

Netflix Fortune Teller

You can find the directions to make Netflix’s Fortune Teller HERE.

I might just have to use this the next time we are trying to decide what to watch for Family Movie Night. I might even use it to decide what to have for dinner and/or what to do on the weekends. LOL!

When it comes to deciding what to watch on television, how did you and your sibling/siblings decide? If you have children, how do they decide what to watch?

I always love to hear from readers. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.

If you would like to learn more about Netflix simply visit Netflix.com. You can also check them out on social media.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Netflix to bring you this information. I have received free service and promotional products in exchange for my participation. There is no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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