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Tip of the Week: Tough Talks


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Dinner time is the perfect time to have meaningful conversations with your kids. These moments are ones we can use to discuss their lives and important things you want to teach them. One topic of conversation that many parents will have with their kids at some point is about drinking and drug use, and explaining  family values surrounding alcohol and drugs.

Did you know 28% of Indiana teens were offered or sold illegal drugs at school within the past 30 days and 33% of Indiana teens have had an alcoholic drink within the past 30 days?  NAND, No Alcohol No Drugs, is a local organization that works to reduce drug and alcohol abuse in our community. Studies show that teens who eat at least three family meals a week with their parents are less likely to use alcohol or drugs.

Having trouble starting the conversation about alcohol and drugs? On April 18th the McMillen Center will be hosting the McMillen Center Health Lecture Series where a representative from NAND will be teaching a break-out session. They will be available to ask questions or talk about any concerns you might have regarding teen drug and alcohol use. The lecture series will also cover another important teen topic: Distracted Driving.


Holli Seabury, CEO, wife and mom of 7

Tip of the Week: Chaos in the Car

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One of the many things I have had to learn to do as a mom is to deal with chaos in the car with my kids. Car time is also one of my favorite times with my kids because I get to hear so much from my 4 year old about what is going on in his life. Whether it is real or imaginary, I love to hear stories from him. He currently has an ongoing story about an imaginary class he attends. I am amazed at the detail he goes into with his stories and things he encounters in everyday life. This is also a time where my 6 month old will finally doze off for a short nap. Car time with the kids can be a great addition to the day.

However, there are days when car rides don’t go so well. If my 4 year old senses that my full attention is not on him he will go into repeat mode until I answer him. Then my 6 month old will start crying and I have to scramble to find his pacifier. And I need to do all of this while keeping one hand on the steering wheel and eyes on the road. In these moments, I know I am not giving proper attention to the task at hand, driving! I know this is probably something that every mother deals with on a day to day basis. Whether it is calming your screaming kids, handing them snacks, or answering their every question, driving with kids in the car can be very distracting.

Finding yourself distracted while driving? Attend our McMillen Center Health Lecture Series on April 18th!

Hannah Keith 2012

Hannah Keith, Marketing Assistant, wife and mom of 2

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