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Keeping Your Teens Safe and Sober When School’s Out
By Frank Lawson, http://edutude.net/
Summer is the time for fun and relaxation for your teens, but it can also be the time for engaging in risky behavior. Thanks to the ample free time and minimal supervision that teens enjoy over the summer months, many adolescents find themselves in troubling situations they don’t encounter during the school year.
Every day during summer vacation, 11,000 teens drink alcohol for the first time, 5,000 have their first taste of nicotine, and 4,500 try marijuana. This is a huge jump from school year rates, so make sure you talk about the dangers of drugs and alcohol before the last school bell rings. You might feel like your words of caution will have little impact, but statistics show that teens who believe their parents disapprove of substance use are less likely to experiment.
Summer break is also the most dangerous time for teen drivers — teens get into 16 percent more accidents and eight teens die every day during the 100 days following Memorial Day. Since nearly 60 percent of those accidents involve a distracted teen behind the wheel, institute strict rules for your teen drivers. Restrict them to one passenger at a time and take a zero tolerance approach to texting and driving.
One thing you shouldn’t take a zero tolerance policy on is underage drinking: While you don’t want your kids drinking before it’s legal, it’s more important to ensure they don’t drink and drive. Explain to your children that, despite your disapproval, you’ll pick them up if they ever need a safe ride home. That way, you can keep your teen from joining the 23 percent of teens who admit to driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana.
The good news? Teens are less likely to be a victim of assault during the summer months. However, physical violence against teens peaks when the school year begins, so summer break is a good time to talk to your child about conflict resolution, de-escalation, and when to turn to an authority figure.
Conception rates among teens also plummet during summer vacation. This makes summer the ideal time to broach the talk with your teen, since they’re less likely to be on the defensive. Be sure to cover consent, contraception, and healthy relationships so your child is prepared for what the next school year throws at them.
With these numbers, you’re probably wondering how you can keep your kids safe this summer without resorting to locking them indoors. The best strategy? Keep them busy. Teens who are occupied with fun extracurriculars and family activities are less likely to find themselves in trouble. However, getting teens busy over the summer can be a challenge. Teens can be restless, and toys and trips to the pool don’t quite entertain them like they used to.
Get your teens involved in summer camp for a structured activity and positive role models in the form of college-aged counselors. Camp will help regulate your teen’s schedule so they’re not staying up all night and sleeping all day, and it also keeps them learning so they face less of a struggle when classes resume. Whether you choose drop-in camp sessions, day camp, or sleepaway camp will depend on your family’s summer schedule and budget, but any option is a great way to keep your teen happy and out of trouble.
Volunteering may not be the most appealing option for your teen at first, but volunteering at the right organization can help your teens make friends, learn about potential careers, and build a resume that will impress college admissions officers. Look for opportunities with other engaged young people, like a nature trail clean-up day or peer tutoring program.
Plan family vacations. Time away and free from distractions can help you reconnect with your teen. Building a strong parent-child relationship is central to keeping your teen on the right path. It may also alert you to concerning behavior changes that you hadn’t noticed in your busy everyday life.
No matter what approach you take to keeping your children safe this summer, make sure you find time to talk to your teens about risky behavior, peer pressure, and how they can protect themselves.
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Parents, early (and not so early) childhood educators, park and rec staffers, children’s librarians, nature and forest educators, play therapists, and anyone interested in livable and child-friendly environments – come and hear about this unique professional approach to children’s play!
We’ve all been there – struggling to fake the resemblance to a sane person, a calm and composed parent, all while gritting our teeth exactly 2 seconds before all hell breaks loose. Eva, a mother of 4, and a creator and owner of Kid Minds, has a wealth of experience in how to “stay cool” and she shared it with her readers in the blog post How To Be a Patient Parent – The One Simple Trick You Need In Your Life.
The Young and the Restless Storytime New at Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center. Bring your infant, 1 or 2 year old to this fun monthly sing-a-long storytime led by Ms. Martha, at Evanston’s newest cultural center, just northeast of Evanston Township High School. Friday, December 9, 10 am, Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St, Evanston IL (This same program is offered every Thursday at 9:30am at the Main Library.)
Book Launch for Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World by Devorah Heitner
Many parents feel that their kids are addicted, detached, or distracted because of their digital devices. Media expert Devorah Heitner, however, believes that technology offers huge potential to our children–if their parents help them. Screenwise offers a realistic and optimistic perspective on how to thoughtfully guide kids in the digital age.
Heitner is the founder and director of Raising Digital Natives, a resource for parents and schools seeking advice on how to help children thrive in a world of digital connectedness. An experienced speaker, workshop leader, and consultant, Dr. Heitner serves as a professional development resource for schools wishing to cultivate a culture of responsible digital citizenship.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 – 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Bookends & Beginnings
1712 Sherman Avenue, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201
This fall, Center for Talent Development and Rush NeuroBehavioral Center are presenting a special series of parent seminars on the complex cognitive and emotional needs of gifted children. The seminars will be offered in Evanston and Lake Bluff on Saturdays October 22-November 12.
Learn more at:
Establishing a rapport with your child’s teacher is a crucial partnership. When having limited time at a parent-teacher conference of 10 or 15 minutes you must prepare to get to the heart of the matter.
Join Felisha Parsons, Ed.D., for a few hours of unlocking the keys to a more meaningful parent- teacher conference. Learn to effectively navigate through the conference:
* Key questions that lead to answers
* Claim your presence and power
* Be an engaged participant
* Communicate your expectations
* Seal the collaborative partnership
When: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Where: Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster Street Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: Free & Open to Public
Light Refreshments Served
The Young and the Restless Storytime: New on the West Side.
New! Once a month, bring your infant, 1 or 2 year old to this fun, free, dynamic, sing-a-long storytime led by Evanston Public Library’s energetic Young and the Restless leader, Ms. Martha, at Evanston’s newest cultural center, just northeast of Evanston Township High School. Home providers and center classes welcome! Pie and lunch available for purchase.
Friday, October 14, 10 am, Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St, Evanston, (Also Friday, November 11 and Friday, December 9)
The Parent Circle of Evanston will have its Fall Swap and Sale for gently-used infants’ and children’s clothing, maternity/nursing clothing & items, children’s books, toys, and gear on Saturday October 15th, 11am –1pm at Northminster Presbyterian Church Basement 2515 Central Park Ave, Evanston ($2 admission). For more information visit tiny.cc/tpcswapsale
Clear out your closets and pick up the kids’ new wardrobes and gear! Invite all your friends! Rummage sale prices for gently used items – most items Newborn to 5T.
Volunteer (tiny.cc/swapvolunteer) and earn swap coupons to use toward your purchase, plus shop early!
Just come to shop, or donate gently-used items the week of October 8th – October 14th to earn swap coupons worth $1 or for discounted The prices are “yard-sale low”; clothing, for example, is $2 for most items.
Donation is not required for shopping.
Remaining items are offered to families from 6 different community partners that serve children and families in need.
UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP CLASSES – Parents will prepare for the U.S. citizenship exam by reviewing all the questions included in the test, through conversations and written material (printed version of the U.S. citizenship test).
|PARENTS AS EDUCATION PARTNERS (PEP)||OPTION I*
Mondays from 6-7pm
Oakton Elementary (436 Ridge Avenue)
Instructor: Kathy Graves
Thursdays from 6-7pm
Family Focus (2010 Dewey Avenue)
Instructor: Kathy Graves
|PARENTS AS EDUCATION PARTNERS (PEP)
(ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE FOCUS)
Thursdays from 9:30-10:30am
Washington Elementary (914 Ashland Avenue)
Instructor: Ellen Urquiaga
Thursdays from 6-7pm
Dawes Elementary (440 Dodge Avenue)
Instructor: Ellen Urquiaga
|UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP CLASSES||Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30am
Dewey Elementary (1551 Wesley Avenue)
Instructor: Manuel Aleman
When John Lewis, the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th District and an American Icon known for his role in the civil rights movement, was a college student in Nashville, Tennessee, he attended a workshop on nonviolence that changed his life. Based on the principles of Gandhi and the recent Montgomery Bus Boycott, it also included a comic book — Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story — as a take-home study aid in nonviolent resistance. “That little book became like a Bible for us,” says Rep. Lewis. Fifty years later, he teamed with co-writer Andrew Aydin, his Congressional Digital Director and Policy Advisor, and artist Nate Powell to adapt his own incredible life story into a 3-part series of award-winning graphic novels, entitled March. The March series is a #1 New York Times-bestselling phenomenon, earning a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, becoming a popular selection for university reading programs, and prompting the Washington Post to write, “There is perhaps no more important modern book to be stocked in American school libraries than March.”
Rep. Lewis first joined the civil rights movement as a seminary student in Nashville, organizing sit-ins and participating in the first Freedom Rides, which challenged illegal segregation at bus stations across the South. He soon became the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and one of the “Big Six” national leaders of the movement, alongside such figures as Martin Luther King, Jr. and A. Philip Randolph. As SNCC chairman, Lewis was an architect of, and the youngest featured speaker at, the historic 1963 March on Washington, and was a key figure in the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer. Together with Hosea Williams, he led the landmark “Bloody Sunday” March in Selma, Alabama, where police brutality spurred national outrage and hastened passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Despite physical attacks, serious injuries, and more than 40 arrests, John Lewis has remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence. His subsequent career has included voter registration activism, service on the Atlanta City Council, and over 25 years in Congress. Lewis was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2011, and was the first recipient of the John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage” Lifetime Achievement Award.
Here are a bunch of ways to find other families and keep up with the goings on around our community.
- Raising Children in Evanston
How do we define success? How do we achieve balance in our homes, schools, and communities? Inspired by the movie Race to Nowhere, organize and take action to preserve childhood for our children in Evanston.
- District 65 Parents and Guardians
A group for parents of students in Evanston/Skokie District 65 or for those interested in following D65.
- District 65 Dyslexic Support Group
- ETHS Parents and Guardians
A group for parents of students attending Evanston Township High School.
- Evanston CASE Parent Connections
A private group for Evanston parents of children and teens with special needs. Share resources, ask questions, receive and provide support with others navigating the special education system.
- Evanston Mamas
This is a place where Evanston Mamas can share ideas, concerns, questions and build community. You can post services to share or offer, events that you think other mamas might like to know about, freecycle stuff here, maybe even meet another mama in your ‘hood that you never knew was there!
- Evanston Foster Families
This group connects people who are interested in foster care in the Evanston area, including current, past, and prospective foster parents, foster children, adoptive families, and people who work in the child protection system.
Playdates & Meetups
Join us to learn how a group of breastfeeding mothers in the Chicago suburbs became a worldwide movement to provide practical information and support to mothers and their infants, and how the local initiatives of women and medical professionals to establish a human milk bank is resulting in better health outcomes for vulnerable newborns in Illinois and Wisconsin.
Marian Tompson a founding member and past president of La Leche League (now LLL International)
Marissa Grossenbachboard president of Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes, a nationally certified human milk bank serving Illinois and Wisconsin
- 1560 Sherman Ave – One Rotary Center, Evanston, IL 60201
- More information and registration
Evanston Township High School will host “The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting” with Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D. on Tuesday, June 7 at 7:00pm, in the school auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Author of the New York Times bestseller The Conscious Parent, Dr. Shefali Tsabary presents a transformative new approach to parenting, one that focuses not on how we can change our kids, but on how we can change ourselves so that we can become our children’s biggest supporters and resources. Oprah Winfrey called the book “the most profound book on parenting I’ve ever encountered.”
In her most recent publication The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting, Tsabary explains that connecting with our children, showing them that our love is unconditional and not tied to external success, praise, or validation, allows them to develop their self-worth and resilience. She presents a path to more effective, rewarding parenting, and gives parents the tools to tune into their own needs and challenges in order to better accommodate their children’s needs.
Tsabary received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Columbia University and has written three books. She is an expert in family dynamics and personal development and runs a private practice in New York City, specializing in the integration of Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. She is also a keynote speaker who has presented at TEDx, Kellogg Business School, the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, and other conferences and workshops around the world.
ETHS is located at 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, 60201. The auditorium is wheelchair accessible. Guests should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to 7:00pm to find parking and seats. Parking is available in the lot across from the main entrance, off of Dodge Avenue, or in the lots behind the high school. Parking is also available along Dodge Avenue according to posted City of Evanston signs.
For more information about FAN events and sponsors for the 2015-16 presentations, visit www.familyactionnetwork.net.
District 65 parent and Digital Citizenship expert Devorah Heitner’s book Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World is ready for pre-order with copies in the mail in early September. Devorah is happy to speak to local groups and she can share excerpts and her ebook in advance.
“Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance”
Angela Duckworth, Ph.D.2013 MacArthur Fellow Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania Author, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
12:00 PM Loyola University Chicago School of Law Corboy Law Center, Ceremonial Courtroom, 10th Floor 25 E. Pearson St., Chicago, IL 60611 Space is limited, RSVP Required Here!
3:30 PM Northside College Preparatory High School, 5501 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
7:00 PM New Trier High School, Winnetka Campus, Gaffney Auditorium385 Winnetka Ave., Winnetka, IL 60093 Free and open to the public.
These events will NOT be videotaped. Suitable for ages 12+
Sherman Alexie National Book Award-winning author, poet and filmmaker Author, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Reservation Blues, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and the upcoming children’s picture book, Thunder Boy, Jr.
More information is available on the FAN website: