6th-8th Grade Parent Newsletters and PowerTalk for Families


Monitoring & Setting Clear Expectations
It is important for parents to explore the idea of monitoring and communicating clear expectations with your teens when it comes to talking about not using alcohol. Find tips to help guide you to set clear expectations with your teen.

Fostering Productive Communication
Keep talking & keep them healthy. Students say that parents are their most reliable source when talking about the risks of underage alcohol use. It is important for parents to be informed on these issues in order to help their teens make informed and healthy decisions. Learn tips to help you get the conversation started.

Keep Talking They're Really Listening:
Parents are the most influential protective factor in their Children's lives. What parents say really DOES matter and your children really ARE listening. Especially when it comes to the vital topic of not using drugs and alcohol.

Teaching Adolescents the Joy of Serving Others

Social Media- Parent’s Responsibility

Empowering Adolescents to Take Responsibility

Our Words Affect Others: T-H-I-N-K

Words Your Children Need to Hear to Help Them Stay Drug-Free

Developing Emotional Awareness in Adolescents

Understanding Adolescent Brain Development Can Maximize Decision Making

Realistic Goal Setting- Finding a Healthy Balance

Learning Responsibility Moves Adolescents Toward Independence

Preparing Adolescents to Take Control                          

Strength of Character Leads to Success in Life

Equipping Adolescents with Coping Strategies

Connecting With Your Teen

Confidence is More than Just “Feeling Good”   

Inspiring True Competence in Your Adolescent

Resilience in Prevention          

Part of Something Bigger                                                             

Moving Adolescents Toward Independence                        

The Importance of Trusted Adults in Adolescent Development 

The Power of Respect                                                                                     

Taking Control of Bullying                                                

Qualities of a True Friend                                                   

Developing Emotional Awareness in Adolescents     

Tips for Growing Healthy Teens            

Modeling Healthy Behaviors

Our Words Affect Others

Who Are my Child's Role Models?

Confronting Difficult Situations with Your Child

Setting Boundaries-Saying “no” can be a Positive Thing!

Building Resilience in our Children

Family Activities that Make Memories

PowerTalk for Families

Strategies for Dealing with Stress
Our children have lots of stressors in their lives—school, grades, sports, friends, technology, lack of sleep. Unmanaged stress can be overwhelming and lead to anxiety-related illnesses. Taking the time to talk with and teach adolescents healthy ways to manage stress helps them to become emotionally healthy individuals. Emotionally healthy individuals are less likely to use alcohol as a coping tool. Talking about stress can make it easier to also talk about not using alcohol. Keep talking - they really are listening.  Find tips to get you talking about dealing with stress in a healthy way.

Healthy Family Strategies
Healthy adolescents make healthy choices. The first step to a healthy future is having a healthy NOW. Research shows that adolescents that have a healthy lifestyle are less impulsive, less anxious, get better grades, have greater self-control and are more likely to make the healthy choices that will lead to a drug and alcohol-free future.  Learn tips to get you talking about health in general, which in turn will make it easier to also talk about things like not using alcohol. 

The Power of Positive Peer Influence
Peer behavior, both positive and negative, has a powerful influence on adolescent decision-making. When adolescents associate with positive social peers, they are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors and make responsible decisions. Talking about friendships/ relationships in general makes it easier to also talk about not using alcohol and the impact that underage drinking could have. Learn tips to help you talk with your teen about being a positive peer influence and making the healthy decision to not use alcohol.

Qualities of a True Friend
Adolescents’ decisions are often influenced by their peers. Unhealthy friendships can leave them vulnerable to risk taking and dangerous situations. Teens say their parents are often their most reliable source. In this edition, learn tips to help teach youth to recognize the qualities of true friendship. These qualities can empower them to choose healthier friendships and strengthen the skills that will help them to stay alcohol free. Talking about friendships/relationships can make easier to also talk about not using alcohol.

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