You are the most powerful influence in your child's life

Every teen is at risk. Talk to your child about drugs, alcohol and marijuana

You are the most powerful influence in your child's life.

Set clear rules and expectations about not using alcohol or other drugs.

Doing fun things together is an easy way to increase bonding. 

Monitoring matters: know who your child’s friends are, where they are going, and who will be supervising.

Talk with your children about making healthy choices – they are listening.

Learn about the risks of underage use of alcohol, marijuana and other drugs, and how to help your children make healthy choices.

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Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for teen drivers. Teens need regular reminders about making safe decisions when they’re behind the wheel, especially about never driving if they are impaired.

In 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported there were 4,272 fatalities in U.S. caused by drivers ages 15- 20.  In Washington State alone, teen drivers were involved in 55 fatal crashes and 291 serious injury collisions in 2014. That’s one fatality and five serious injury collisions a week caused by a teen driver.

Of the 4,272 national fatalities, 1,717 were young drivers, and about a quarter of those crashes... read more

As a parent you will likely recall your own sense of excitement on returning to school after summer break. You also may have experienced a touch of anxiety in thinking about whether your new teachers would be soft or strict, whether your stories of summer fun would match up to those of your friends, if your new clothes would cause a splash, a ripple or a thud, and if your new classes would be delightful or dull.

You may also remember the peer pressure facing you to try to fit in with the right crowd or be “cool” or “hip” as these terms have evolved from your own parents’ generation.  Of course none of that has changed, just your perspective.  Back... read more