Deciding when and how to talk to kids about alcohol and drug use can be a big decision. With all the other difficult conversations parents have with kids, this one might not be the most pressing on the agenda. But how your child approaches alcohol and drugs can have a life-long effect and serious consequences. To continue our series on these tough talks, we talked to a panel of our Parent Toolkit experts for their advice.
@EducationNation joined Parent Toolkit expert Dr. Shari Sevier, Chair of the American School Counselors Association, and Stephen Wallace, school psychologist and director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Education (CARE), for a #ToolkitTalk on how parents can talk to their kids about drugs.
Having "The Talk" with your child doesn't necessarily just mean a conversation about sex. As kids get older, many parents wonder what they should say about drugs and alcohol to help them navigate their teen years.
NBC’s Ronan Farrow digs into a growing problem on campuses nationwide: In the high-pressure world of academic achievement, there is one "fix" students are turning to at an alarming rate to get ahead that some call "academic doping," and experts say it has a very real - and largely ignored - dark side.
It has been a distracting week for students at a Connecticut high school, trying to focus while a "prom gown panel" meets nearby, judging whether dresses are appropriate for the social event of the season.
The World Health Organization recently classified “gaming disorder” as a potentially serious mental health condition, with some experts saying video games can have the same addictive qualities as drugs or alcohol. NBC News' Tom Costello sits down with one mother who had to seek help for her teenage son.
Researchers found that those who learned to share and cooperate by kindergarten were more likely to have a college degree and a job 20 years later, and less likely to have drug problems and run-ins with the law.
Following Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson’s indictment on charges of abusing his child, there is a renewed debate over how parents discipline their children. Jonathan Capehart and Dr. Stacy Drury discuss.
Researchers found that kids who taste alcohol before middle school are five times more likely to have a full drink by ninth grade, and four times more likely to get drunk or binge drunk the first semester of high school.
Some schools are trying to teach parents a lesson when it comes to such issues as vacations, lunches and dress codes. So who's in charge when your kid's life and the lesson plan collide? NBC national correspondent Craig Melvin reports.
Behold the power of moms. There were so many happy tears, hugs, kisses and spontaneous exclamations of delight in the TODAY studio, that the joyous surprise reunions between the TODAY anchors and their moms temporarily took over the show.
A high school senior looking to sell her junior prom dress was bullied on Facebook after posting pictures of herself in the gown. But the encouraging comments from people in her community drowned out the bullies' voices and gave her a boost of confidence.
Halloween is just around the corner, but if you haven’t come up with costumes for your kids yet, don’t worry: TODAY Parenting’s Abby Larson has do-it –yourself ideas that are quick and easy, including a walking Instagram post and an umbrella adorned with plush animals to show that it’s raining cats and dogs.
Making music with your child can be so much fun for both of you, whether you’re singing along to the radio in the car, jamming on plastic bowl “drums,” or dancing to songs on your iPod. The simple and enjoyable act of making music with your child naturally fosters important social and emotional skills, such as self-regulation, self-confidence, leadership skills, social skills, and socio-emotional intelligence.
Peter DeWitt (Ed.D) is a former K-5 teacher (11 years) and principal (8 years). He runs workshops and provides keynotes nationally and internationally focusing on collaborative leadership, and fostering inclusive school climates.
Jessica Lahey writes about education, parenting, and child welfare for The Atlantic, Vermont Public Radio, The Washington Post and the New York Times. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. Jessica teaches high school English and writing in a drug rehab for adolescents in Vermont, and her next book, The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence, will be released in 2020.