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Start Thinking About Prom

Start Thinking About Prom

Parents, it’s time to be talking about prom and graduation. Too often juniors and seniors will pop last minute changes in plans on parents who aren’t ready to navigate the alternatives. Start talking to your teen in advance. Set  your expectations that plans need to be finalized in plenty of time. Here are some good tips […]

READY Coalition Presents - Understanding Teenage Behaviors

READY Coalition Presents – Understanding Teenage Behaviors

Understanding Teenage Behaviors-presentation Very soon, your sweet, smiling, happy child could become a preteen middle-schooler whose behavior you barely recognize Join us to learn more about What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Teenager First of all – relax! That child is still there. But there are some changes going on. We’ll share what is going on in […]

HAZE: Drinking to Belong

HAZE: Drinking to Belong

Arlington’s READY Coalition has shown HAZE, a short video for parents and their high school students. HAZE tells the story of an 18 year-old who had just graduated from high school and the preventable tragedy that occurred. Through this video, his family gives parents and others an opportunity to learn more about the role of […]

Effects of Marijuana on Brain, Body and Behavior

Effects of Marijuana on Brain, Body and Behavior

Effects of Marijuana On Brain, Body, and Behavior Courtesy of CADCA. A NIDA presentation by Nora D. Volkow, M.D. Read-only pdf; Password is: nlf2014  

Project Sticker Shock

Project Sticker Shock

On October 19, teams of youth and adults from the City of Alexandria and Arlington County will “shock” purchasers of alcohol by placing bright red warning stickers on multi-packs of beer, wine coolers and other alcohol products in Alexandria and Arlington stores. Sticker Shock is a youth-led initiative designed to educate adults who might be […]

October is Substance Abuse Prevention Month

October is Substance Abuse Prevention Month

5 things to do: Have clear expectations with your teens about drug and alcohol use. Make sure they know you want them to choose not to drink or get high. Share with your teen the rules about underage drinking at home, at school and in our community. Be aware of factors that may increase their […]

Other Recent Articles

7 Tips for Talking to Teens

7 Tips for Talking to Teens

Sonia Quiñónez from SCAN of Northern Virginia interviewed READY Project Coordinator, Kate McCauley, for SCAN’s Clear Channel Parenting Today radio show. Parenting Today radio program February 2012 Talking to teens sometimes feels as if you need a special language, or a special touch. Here are some tips that might help conversations go more smoothly: 1 […]

R U Ready

R U Ready

It’s time to change our thinking about teenage drinking and drug use! R U Ready? Talk to the kids you know. They need to hear from you. For more information about how to talk to your teen, see Tips and What’s the Big Deal? You’ll find great ideas: 7 Tips for Talking to Teens Talking about College […]

Tips for Parents

Tips for Parents

To ensure a successful school year for teens, check out these 10 Tips from Parent Further! 1. Your high-school student should be thinking about his/her future. Will I go to college? Should I try to find a job? What should I do? Listen to him/her, support him/her, and have an open mind about the endless […]

Signs of Substance Use

Signs of Substance Use

Tips for parents - Spot the Signs of Substance Use Parents, caregivers and adults play an important role in preventing substance use among youth. However, it can be difficult to identify a young person that is using because some signs of substance use – extreme moods, irritability and drowsiness – are often present among youth who […]