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Tip of the Week: Anti-Alcohol

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With the snow this week, and the holiday displays hitting retail stores like crazy, conversations are quickly turning to the holidays. This time of year brings to mind many things: baking, family, friends and holiday parties. Depending on your opinions about alcohol, these parties may include drinking. Even in households where drinking is socially acceptable, it is important to set up guidelines with the children in your life about what is legal, appropriate and what you expect.

I can remember the girl in my class whose mom was home when my friends and I came over, and the alcohol came out. Not only does it send the wrong message when a parent hosts a party with teens where alcohol is being served, it is illegal. Declare your home a party safe house. Monitor the alcohol that is in your home and connect with other parents where your child spends time to ensure that they know what you expect.

Do you remember this old 80s ad: Do you know where your kids are? Who their friends are? Who their friend’s parents are and what is important to them? As my oldest entered middle school this year, this seems more ominous than ever. Activities after school, dances, youth group, this club, that group… these all crowd our calendar more than ever. And, at each one of these activities are people who influence our daughter’s choices.

This is part of her growing independence, however it is important that she knows what we expect of her. And the same is true in your child’s life. In a recent study, 64% of eighth graders said alcohol was “fairly easy” or “very easy” to get and one in three 8th graders reported drinking within the last year. One of the most important things you can do to influence your child’s response to drinking is to talk about it, and your family table is the perfect place to bring up the conversation. Need some ideas for how to start the conversation? There are a number of resources at Talk: They Hear You.

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Frances Brooks
Director of Operations and Business Development

Tip of the Week: Year 3!

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Tough Discussions
at the Family Table

Raising kids is hard work. Research shows significant benefits for families that eat together at least three times a week. Talking around the family table, even talking about those topics that can be tough to discuss, is essential for our families’ success. Game nights, meals, snacks and smiles, maybe even a few tears can all be found at the family table.

Over the next year, we will be bringing you the family table hints you love, but we will also be discussing how to talk about the following “tough” topics at the family table:

  • Nutrition and healthy eating
  • Snacking or how often to eat
  • Tobacco or alcohol use or abuse
  • Drug use, including prescription drug abuse
  • Teen parties
  • Dating guidelines
  • Bullying
  • Suicide or suicide prevention

We would love to have your feedback! If you have specific questions about these topics, or would like to see us discuss something in particular, please contact us at mcmillen@mcmillencenter.org.

As we closed out the second year of the Family Table project, we celebrated last Friday at  Fort4Fitness celebration dinner Friday, September 27, 2013.
Did you get your photo taken at Parkview Field on Friday night?
Check out our album to tag and share!

Congratulations to:

Lutheran Health Sports Center
Renee H., Fort Wayne
Sherri S., Fort Wayne

Olive Twist & Tanglewood Berry Farm
Chantell D., Fort Wayne

Bussick Orthodontics
Nancy Y., Fort Wayne

Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Margaret E., Fort Wayne

Waiter on the Way
Chris F., Fort Wayne

Crazy Pinz
Kyle F., Three Rivers, MI
Lisa B., Fort Wayne

 

Tip of the Week: Party Safe Home in the New Year

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New Year’s Eve is a big deal at our house. While we do not dress up and dance (my Mr. isn’t as excited about that idea as I am), we do include the kids in our festivities. In fact, this year, they have started planning their own ‘party’ on the second floor! Many people think of this time of year as an end. Not us – we usually have a small group of friends and family over for a night of games and to share in the promise of a New Year.

Many people also think of drinking as the center of the night – from movies to TV shows, alcohol consumption is often central to the story time. Our home is not alcohol free, but it is important to show our children that you can have a great time and celebrate without getting drunk and ‘forgetting’ all the details. Family table research shows that teens in families who eat together consume less alcohol, and use less tobacco and marijuana. If you agree that this is important, consider pledging to be a Party Safe Home.

In the upcoming new year, we hope that you and your family are healthy and make family meals a priority!

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