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Just Say “No” to Spring Break

By Tim Jahn, M.ED Like the swallows of San Juan Capistrano, thousands of college students fly south to warmer climates each year and land in places like Cancun, Panama City, Cabo San Lucas and South Padre Island. Spring Break is a cultural phenomenon that was kick-started in 1960 with the movie “Where the Boys Are.” […]

Teens and Sleep

  By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. Remember when your little ones awoke at the crack of dawn and instantly called for you to start the day? As parents, we wish that our young children would sleep a bit later so that we may catch some more shut-eye as well. If we only knew then how […]

The skinny on sleepovers

By Tim Jahn, M.ED Pre-teens and teens love sleepovers, and why not? Hanging out with their best friends, staying up all night, eating lots of junk food, watching lots of junk TV, playing video games, gossiping about classmates – what’s not to like? Well, if you’re the host parent who has to feed this crew, […]

Making Good Choices: A Life-long Skill

By Dinah Torres Castro Most parents will agree that raising a responsible child is one of their top goals. Part of creating responsibility is allowing your child to make good decisions. Giving choices to young children is the first step to helping them make good decisions. Here is where parents need to be smart about […]

Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet

By Tim Jahn, M.ED Nearly every day, there is a report on the heroin epidemic or a story about another overdose. Many heroin users begin by abusing prescription opioids, and two-thirds of teens abusing prescription drugs say they get their drugs from family and friends. While doing spring cleaning in your home and putting away […]


By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. This is an exciting and frantic time of year for high school seniors. Many are laboring to complete college applications, and then are anxiously waiting for college acceptances. Others are graduating with high school diplomas and are eager, and also petrified, to enter the work world. This is certainly a […]

Preparing your Child for College

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H.  Like me, you might be preparing to send your oldest child to college next fall. As I navigate my way through my daughter’s senior year, I can’t help but wonder if I’ve prepared her well for life at college. Surely there are nuggets of information I have failed to share […]

Back to School Balancing Act

By Tim Jahn, M.ED For pre-teens, especially those entering middle school, the first weeks of September can be demanding. Back to school brings a fresh start for academic success — a chance for your child to make significant headway towards good grades. It also means reconnecting with friends they haven’t seen for two months and […]

Losing their religion

By Tim Jahn, M.ED If your faith and religious practices are important to you, it can be distressing when your pre-teen, teen, or young adult questions your beliefs or openly criticizes religion. As children enter adolescence, resistance and questions about religious faith are common. The adolescent brain undergoes many changes that lead to increased questioning, […]

Skills for Success – follow up

  By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. On February 19, 2016 I posted a blog titled, “Skills for Success” that dealt with executive function skills. Since I wrote that blog, two new pieces have come to my attention that I think are worth sharing. The first is a webinar by entitled “Executive Function Understood: Science, […]

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