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News and Articles for April, 2011

Talking to Teens About Alcohol

This is the USA Today site for Family & Parenting.  They are talking about April 21st being "Power Talk21" day for talking with teens about alcohol.  There are hints on how to go about it... check it out!

http://yourlife.usatoday.com/parenting-family/teen-ya/story/2011/04/parenting-part-ii-talk-to-teens-about-alcohol/46021934/1

Published: Apr 22, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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MADD Website

This is the website for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.  It has some resources there on how to recognize and what to do if you spot a drunk driver.  They are also pushing for having cars with breathalyzers so that the car won't even start if the driver blows more ...

Published: Apr 21, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Father Encourages Teen to Fight--Faces Abuse Charges

This father is facing child abuse charges after a video surfaces of him cheering on his teen son to beat up another teen boy.

http://www.usatoday.com/video/index.htm?bctid=903272333001#/News/Online+video+shows+dad+encouraging+son+to+fight/42804638001/40264770001/902971196001

Published: Apr 20, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Dating Violence

Do Something's page on dating violence.

I like this website--I like the idea of children/teens/young adults getting together to make improvements in their lives.  Very cool.  Check it out at:

http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/background-domestic-dating-violence

Published: Apr 19, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Happy, Successful, and Good Kids

The author of this article suggested that parents primarily want 3 things... that their kids are happy, successful and good people.  Funny enough he said that the only thing parents can control is if they are good or not--I'd disagree considering that we can force them into complying and ...

Published: Apr 18, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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A DV Survivor's Story

A survivor's story of DV.  It's good to keep in mind the realities of DV... this is the opposite of what we work for... it's why we do the work we do... we envision abuse free relationships, in every context, all the time.

You may not want ...

Published: Apr 17, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Parent Child Bond

This article stresses the importance of fostering appreciation, warmth, and connection resulting in a strong bond between parents and children.  It touches on the nature-nurture debate when the author highlights that parents really don't have much control over many factors of their children's lives... but what they can ...

Published: Apr 16, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Power of Choice

Interesting article with helpful hints for parents on the power of offering choices as much as possible.  Kids are very much dependent upon us and it is often so much easier for parents to micromanage kids or just do things for their kids.  This fosters over-dependence, helplessness, and resentfulness.  Instead ...

Published: Apr 15, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Early Childhood Routines

These books look like they would help parents and kids talk about and establish healthy routines--very important in preventing problems in the first place!

Check em out at:

http://www.parentsmartkidhappy.com/

Published: Apr 14, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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