Parents and caregivers are a child’s first and best teacher. Your child is listening and remembering your advice, even when it seems like he/she is not paying attention. In fact, spending 15 minutes a day listening and talking with your child can help build the foundation for a strong relationship and provide reassurance that he/she can come to you with a problem. It can also help your child recognize and respond to bullying.So, what will you say? KnowBullying, a new mobile app by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), can help get the conversation started. The app provides tips on talking about school, work, relationships, life, and bullying.
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Lemonade by the pool, the smell of fresh cut grass, relaxing with friends and family. Summer means all these things, but, unfortunately, it can also mean a time of increased risk for youth. In June and July, the average first use of alcohol by young people in the United States peaks.1 Every day in the month of July, an average 11,600 young people take their first drink.SAMHSA and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) are working together this month to make parents and caregivers aware of these summertime risks. To encourage parents and caregivers to talk with their children about alcohol and give them the tools they need to have this conversation, SAMHSA launched “Talk.
How many times today have you worried about something that happened days or weeks ago, or something that might happen to you tomorrow? Life is so fast-paced; it can be difficult to live in the moment. We often spend so much time thinking about the past and the future that we forget about what’s happening in the present. Practicing mindfulness can help.Mindfulness is becoming a more commonly used word in conversations about health, but it is often mistaken to simply mean relaxation. Mindfulness is much more than a good way to relax. It is a process of becoming aware of your thoughts, sensations, emotions, feelings, and environment in a given moment. Mindfulness also involves acknowledging your thoughts and feelings without judging them as good or bad.