News Archive: Parents

Jul 21, 2014

Myth Vs. Fact: People Do Not Go To Rehab For Marijuana Addiction.

Informed Families

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Jul 19, 2014

Fast Friends: How To Help Kids Find And Keep Good Buddies

The Children's Trust

From shared secrets to first sleepovers, few things in life bring as much joy as childhood friendships. They are a fundamental part of growing up.

Jun 1, 2014

Top Ten Tips For Family Travel By Car

Triple P Positive Parenting Program

If you’re packing up the car and the family and heading off for some Summer fun, you might appreciate a few tried and tested tips to make the journey more pleasant for everyone.

May 11, 2014

Five Tips For Ruling The Roost Reasonably

Triple P Positive Parenting Program

“Rules are made to be broken,” the old anti-establishment slogan says. Yet as adults, we know that the modern orderly world in which we live functions because the vast majority of us follow basic social rules and conventions. The freedom to question the appropriateness of such rules and to object to injustice is also fundamental to a democratic society.

Apr 16, 2014

Tips For Telling Kids What To Do

Triple P Positive Parenting Program

As children grow up they need to learn to follow instructions and requests. After all, one of the most basic human communication skills that we learn through childhood is to respond to instructions and rules appropriately. As adults this ability helps us learn new skills, keep out of dangerous situations, abide by the laws of our community, and carry out tasks on behalf of others.

Mar 5, 2014

Tips To Reduce Fearful Feelings

Triple P Positive Parenting Program

Remember how scary a lot of things looked when you were a child? Losing sight of your parents in a crowded shopping center, the blackness of night, dogs that were big enough to look you in the eye, or those monsters that lived under the bed.

Mar 4, 2014

5 Tips For Parents Before Your Kids Leave For College

Informed Families

Think about setting rules for cyberspace the same way you set rules for your teen's activities in the larger world

Feb 26, 2014

24 Orange County Fathers Trained In Parent Peer Group Program

Informed Families

Tammie and Christopher Holt are committed to the healthy development and empowerment of young boys in Orange County. Through their youth leadership organization, Strengthening Our Sons, the Holts match students between the ages of 9 and 19 with successful mentors who help guide them on a path to success.

Feb 7, 2014

12 Steps To Improve Self Esteem

Informed Families Community Action Team Program

Doubting yourself? Need a little pick me up? Take these 12 steps to improve your self esteem.

Feb 7, 2014

Marijuana Related Driving Fatalities Triple

American Journal of Epidemiology

According to a recent Columbia University study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, which studied drugged driving fatalities over the last decade, fatal crashes involving marijuana use tripled between 1999 and 2010.

Jan 12, 2014

Are You In A Parent Trap?

With the pressures that come with being a parent it's easy to fall into one of the common parenting traps. Parent traps are consistent ways of interacting with your children, your partner or you own inner thoughts that actually make the difficult job of raising children even harder. They add to the everyday burden of stress that many parents experience and weaken the effectiveness of dealing with your child’s problem behavior.

Nov 13, 2013

Lady Gaga Sheds Light On Marijuana Addiction

Informed Families

Lady Gaga admitted to being addicted to marijuana. In a recent interview on Z100, the popular singer admitted to self-medicating by sometimes smoking 15-20 marijuana cigarettes a day. Learn more about marijuana addiction.

Nov 13, 2013

Tips for Managing Stress

Informed Families

In a recent interview on Z100, Lady Gaga admitted to self-medicating by sometimes smoking 15-20 marijuana cigarettes a day to help cope with her anxiety. Here are 14 tips for both parents and kids for coping with stress without the negative health consequences of marijuana smoking, from the Anxiety & Depression Association of America.

Sep 10, 2013

Results Of 2013 National Survey On Drug Use & Health Released


The rate of past month nonmedical use of prescription drugs among young adults aged 18 to 25 in 2012 was 5.3 percent – similar to rates in 2010 and 2011, but significantly lower than the rate from 2009 (6.4 percent), according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SAMHSA issued its 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) report in conjunction with the 24th annual national observance of National Recovery Month.

Sep 10, 2013

Tips For Encouraging Positive Behavior

National Institute On Drug Abuse

Do you encourage positive behavior habits in your teenager on a daily basis? Encouragement is key to building confidence and a strong sense of self. Consistent encouragement helps youth feel good about themselves and gives them confidence to: try new activities, develop new friendships, explore their creativity, and tackle difficult tasks. It also helps parents promote cooperation and reduce conflict.

Aug 20, 2013

Unique Challenges Faced By Hispanic Parents

Informed Families

A newly released study, funded by the MetLife Foundation, shows new that Hispanic teens are using drugs at alarmingly higher levels when compared to teens from other ethnic groups. What can parents do about it?

Aug 20, 2013

Study: Hispanic Teens Use Drugs More Than Other Ethnic Groups

Informed Families

A newly released study, funded by the MetLife Foundation, shows new that Hispanic teens are using drugs at alarmingly higher levels when compared to teens from other ethnic groups.

Aug 12, 2013

9 Tips for a Safe, Healthy & Drug Free School Year

Informed Families

Start The School Year Off Right. Here Are 9 Tips To Keep Your Kids Safe, Healthy & Drug Free

Jul 23, 2013

Eight Things You Need To Know About Bath Salts

Informed Families

“Bath Salts", the newest fad to hit the shelves (virtual and real), is the latest addition to a growing list of items that young people can obtain to get high.

Apr 6, 2013

11 Tips For Talking To Your Kids About Drugs & Alcohol

CASA, adapted from "Just Say Know: Talking With Your Kids About Drugs And Alcohol"

When talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol:

Jan 12, 2013

Introducing Dr. Valmarie Rhoden

Informed Families

Informed Families is delighted to introduce our new Director of Programs, Dr. Valmarie Rhoden. In her role, Dr. Rhoden oversees the agency’s statewide programs including parenting, Community Action Team and the Distance Learning Ambassador programs. Dr. Rhoden also manages the data performance team.

Nov 4, 2012

Myth Vs. Fact:College Admissions Are Prohibited From Asking About A Juvenile Record

Informed Families

Myth VS. Fact: College Admissions Are Prohibited From Asking About A Juvenile Record.

Oct 29, 2012

Underage Drinking Has Serious Consequences

Underage drinking has serious consequences. Did you know that frequent binge drinkers are more likely to engage in risky behaviors, including using other drugs such as marijuana and cocaine.

Oct 1, 2012

RX Drug Overdoses

Pain killers and sedatives are responsible for killing more Floridians that all illicit drugs combined.

Oct 1, 2012

Marijuana is Harmful

Marijuana has harmful effects in the brain and lungs.

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