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The dangerous games kids are playing

Young kids are playing a dangerous game called the “choking game”. I hesitate to write the word game, because it is not a game at all! And frankly it scares me that kids are doing this. It scares me as … Continue reading

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Party! Party! Paarttyyyy! Help I’ve got teens!

O.k. We all remember being a teenager and the quest for independence. But NOW we are on the other side of the coin. WE are the parents… (Deep breath… in & out). Now I can  so relate to my own … Continue reading

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Talk to Teens about Drugs & Alcohol using Justin Bieber’s situation.

Here we go again. Another high-profile drug and alcohol scandal…however this time it’s not Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (not today anyway!). It’s our beloved young-hip-hop-totally-cool-locally-grown… Justin Bieber. The Biebs has got himself into some real trouble. You may be dumbfounded … Continue reading

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How to talk to your kids about the Rob Ford scandal

Oh, the continuing saga of Toronto mayor, Rob Ford. I think I’m more sick of hearing about that than I am about Pokemon™ cards or Minecraft ™! What a smorgasbord of teachable moments this situation has served up to the … Continue reading

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Doors Wide Open: A Parent’s Perspective of Mental Illness

Although we are starting to hear more and more about mental health, there is still not enough information available to parents when they need it the most. None of us wants to be the parent that needs these resources for … Continue reading

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Identify psychosis early – Open the door to tomorrow

Mental health is becoming more and more of a hot topic these days, which, from a health perspective, is a great thing. Let’s face it, it’s not an easy topic to discuss, but the stigma associated with it is a … Continue reading

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Teenage Wasteland

This is the last post in a three-part series about substance use and misuse in the teen years. Teenage Wasteland might be a memorable song lyric by The Who…but teens getting wasted – is it really no big deal or should … Continue reading

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