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The Value of a Well-Balanced NO BUILDING
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Why dual enroll? Why dual enroll?

You can earn college credit while you’re in high school.

But there’s more to it than that:

• It’s a two-for-one deal. Dual enrollment classes can count toward high school graduation and college credit.

• Dual enrollment classes are usually paid for by your high school. You’ll have the potential to finish college early and pay less overall.

• College courses broaden your horizon, challenge you and help you dream big.

Delta’s credits transfer.

The college credits you earn as a dual enrolled student at Delta can transfer to many colleges and universities. You also get the college experience while still in high school.

Tons of courses to choose from.

Dual enrolled students can earn up to 30 college credits. Early Middle College students can earn up to 60 transferable college credits, associate degree or certificate. Talk to your high school counselor for options that fit your interest.

Flexibility & Convenience

Courses are available at Delta’s main campus, Downtown Midland Center and online.

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www.tlc4cs.org | YC MAGAZINE | MARCH–MAY 2023 1 INSIDE MARCH–MAY 2023 2 From the Director 5 Confessions from the Kitchen Table 10 Faces in the Crowd 11 40 Developmental Assets 12 Assets in Action 18 Q&A / By the Numbers 6 Building Independence: Teaching Your Child When and How to Ask for Help 14 How a Simple Goal-Setting Exercise Can Change a Kid’s Life 16 Red Flags of Dating Abuse 20 The Value of a Well-Balanced NO 23 Bath Salts: Not What It Sounds Like FEATURES IN EVERY ISSUE PRODUCED IN CONJUNCTION WITH TO ADVERTISE OR CONTRIBUTE Jessica Blewett (989) 496-1425 x 113 jblewett@tlc4cs.org PRINTED BY


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ello again! We’re in full swing into the second semester of school and kids are starting to see the finish line: summer break. As our committee planned this issue, members were thinking about keeping our kids focused and committed to completing the year on a positive note.

We are so thankful for Dr. Len Lantz allowing us to reprint his incredibly helpful articles. While teaching kids how to ask for help is important year-round, it’s especially helpful when they’re feeling the time crunch of the end of the year. We are also very appreciative of the partnership with Natural High. The article they shared for this issue has tools for helping students set goals. Again, this is an important skill especially as kids begin to think about summer fun.

As we enter spring, many teens may be thinking about prom season and dating. The magazine committee felt it was important to address teen dating violence. It’s a very real concern, and we have identified red flags for parents to look for in their children’s relationships.

One committee member shared about a recent situation where a child was offered bath salts by teens. These substances can be very dangerous. They are also fairly easy for kids to get, and small enough to hide in a multitude of ways. Parents are often unaware of these substances and do not know how to recognize the signs of use.

Our final article addresses how to say no to our kids. It can be very hard not to give in to our children’s wishes, but sometimes, it is exactly what they need. It is important for them, and us, to understand that saying no doesn’t mean we don’t love them. In fact, it’s probably just the opposite.

Lastly, if a lavish vacation is not in the cards, we have some great options for a fun StayCation.

We hope this spring is happy, healthy, and goal-oriented!

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How to Plan a Great Staycation

Imagine your dream vacation: a stunning setting, fantastic food, ample adventures, while surrounded by the people you love.

What if you could create this dream at home instead of traveling afar? Skip the stress and cost of driving and flying long distances. Instead, relax and enjoy a staycation of your dreams close to home.

Here are nine simple steps to make it happen.

1. PREP FOR YOUR “TRIP”: Put as much effort into planning your staycation as you would a destination vacation. Prepare your home ahead of time so that it is as pleasant as possible and up to the standards of a vacation rental. Take out the garbage, change the sheets, pick up clutter, and clean the kitchen and the bathrooms. This way you are sure to enjoy your stay at home even more. Ensure all your clothes are clean so you can pack and wear your favorites. Everyone likes to look and feel their best on vacation. For meals that will be eaten at home, shop and prepare in advance, so that you can relax during your staycation. Think ahead about activities and plan your itinerary by visiting the local chamber of commerce or by borrowing a travel book from the library about your area.

2. BE INTENTIONAL ABOUT VACATION MODE: Since you are technically still at home, it is easy to get sucked back into your daily chores, projects, and responsibilities. But resist! Stay in the moment, give yourself permission to unwind, and remind yourself that you are on vacation.

3. PLAY THE TOURIST: If you had an out-of-town visitor, where would you take them? What does your town have to offer, and when was the last time you visited those tourist attractions? Maybe those places deserve to be revisited. Chances are that your town or city even has attractions you have not yet visited. Look for a play, concert, exhibit, or show that is happening during your staycation and add that to your itinerary, too.

4. PAMPER YOURSELF: Add an extra layer of relaxation to your vacation by scheduling a massage, getting a mani/pedi, taking a yoga

class, or visiting a beach/hot tub/pool. Curl up with your favorite book and a cup of tea next to a roaring fire. Or catch the latest episode of Yellowstone. Whatever floats your boat.

5. BE A FOODIE: Take a break from shopping, prepping, and cooking, just like you would on a dream vacation. Either get these things done ahead of time, or make arrangements to get takeout. Treat yourself to things you might not normally have at home, like tropical fruits or a charcuterie board, and plan lots of meals out to eat. And it is a vacation, so don’t skip dessert!

6. STAY LOCAL: Look into renting a hotel room for a night or two and take advantage of the hotel pool. Another great option is renting an in-town Airbnb to escape your house but not your hometown. Maybe a friend or family member is up for a house swap?

7. SLEEP: Turn off the alarm clock, close the shades, and get some much-needed sleep. Coach the kids on what they can do when parents are sleeping (read books, play a quiet game), and make nap time sacred and mandatory.

8. BE ADVENTUROUS: Destination locations are not the only places to offer activities and outings. Look for adventures that pique your interest such as horseback riding, ziplining, hiking, or kayaking/ canoeing in your area. In the winter months, look for ice skating, snowmobiling, skiing, sledding, and snowshoeing.

9. CAMPOUT: If you love the outdoors, a campout in the backyard can be a fun and affordable vacation alternative. Even a tent in the living room can be great fun that will create family memories for years to come. Or check out a local campground where you can build a campfire, roast smores, and gaze at the stars.

Near or far, the most important element of any family vacation is being together and present and creating lasting memories. ■

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For many of us the kitchen table represents the typical family experience. We have laughed while having family game night. We have cried over our children’s choices. We have blown out the candles on many cakes. We have argued our way out of doing the dishes. We have struggled through those “three more bites.” We have learned hard lessons and celebrated many deserved successes. One thing is for sure though—if our kitchen tables could talk, there would be plenty of stories! So often it is in relating to others’ stories that we realize there isn’t always one answer, or even a right answer. Parenting is hard work! If you have a story of lessons learned, we invite you to share it with our readers. Sometimes, knowing we aren’t the only ones struggling to find the answer is all the help we need.

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Teaching Your Child When and INDEPENDENCE: building

How to Ask for Help INDEPENDENCE:

It seems wrong until you think it through: To become independent, you must become good at getting help.

This statement doesn’t seem true to many people until they mull it over long enough, but I promise you that learning to request and receive help is an essential ingredient to the self-sufficiency that I’m referring to as independence.

I’m not talking about extremes, such as living the life of a mountain man in a cabin without electricity or subsisting as a survivalist with a bunker stocked with weapons and canned food. From my perspective, independence involves:

+ Level-headedness and self-control

+ Resilience

+ Problem-solving skills and creativity

+ Personal responsibility

+ Effectiveness and success

+ Practicality

+ A broad knowledge base with an understanding of systems

+ Knowing when and how to ask for help

Just labeling yourself an independent person does not make it so. Independent people have developed many skills and characteristics that helped them to become and remain independent. Asking for and receiving help is a critical strategy that helped them get there. Learning how to effectively get help from others is a critical skill for kids to learn.


What are the basics of raising a child? You know, the bare minimum. If you had to list only five things, what would they be? Here are some things that crossed my mind:

1. Feed and clothe your child.

2. Don’t beat or berate them.

3. Make sure they brush their teeth and go to school.

4. Let them know they are loved.

5. Have some fun together.

It’s interesting though that doing those basic things for kids won’t really get them ready to enter the world as an adult. Also, it’s not clear that our school systems will teach kids basic living skills. Kids can go to school and never learn how to:

+ Budget or balance their checking account

+ Set boundaries with unhealthy people

+ Present themselves well in a job interview

+ Save and invest money for retirement

Even adults struggle to develop these life skills. People can benefit from books, the internet, and online videos to gain these skills, but often they need more specific help

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continued from page 7 from another person to move beyond the basics. But before you ask for help, you might want to consider a few factors that can affect the experience.


In building independence, I believe people need to adopt a growth mindset. It is incredibly hard to change behavior if you don’t believe that you can. A growth mindset is about adopting attitudes and beliefs about yourself and others that foster helpseeking behavior. It involves convincing yourself that you can become smarter and better at things even if you aren’t right now. The growth mindset fosters a don’t-quit approach to failures and setbacks in life. It means learning from mistakes, revising your plan, and trying again. Working on your own growth mindset is something that you can model for your kids.

We can help our kids to feel empowered to try, fail, and try again. We do not stop growing and learning, no matter how old we are. There is nearly always someone out there—somewhere—who can help. And we can get help from others in the areas where we are struggling. The book Mindset does an excellent job of providing examples of adopting a growth mindset.


Some kids really struggle in adopting a growth mindset and find that challenges, setbacks, and failures stop them in their tracks. There are several reasons why kids are unwilling or afraid to try, but most of them stem from avoidance. Common thoughts and attitudes that drive avoidance and interfere with help-seeking and adopting a growth mindset are:

+ I’ll look like a fool.

Counter-thought: “Smart kids know when to ask for help.”

+ People will make fun of me.

Counter-thought: “Most of the time people are not laughed at for asking for help.”

+ I should know this. I’m supposed to know this.

Counter-thought: “Even if I’m supposed to know this, I sometimes forget. I can decide to remember it forever once I re-learn what I need to know.”

+ I need to be the best.

Counter-thought: “The people who are the best at things have learned from their mistakes and disappointments.”

+ I don’t want to feel stupid.

Counter-thought: “I would rather feel embarrassed by asking for help than feel helpless and frustrated by avoiding help.”

+ I don’t want others to see how stupid and incapable I am.

Counter-thought: “I admire people who know how to ask for help and achieve success because of it.”

+ I feel too anxious to ask for help.

Counter-thought: “I’d rather feel anxious in asking for help than feel anxious about giving up on my dreams and goals for myself.”

Did you see yourself in any of the negative thoughts and attitudes above? What we tell ourselves in our heads matters tremendously. When we can change our inner dialogue and become more balanced and understanding of ourselves, we will be happier, less anxious, and more likely to ask for help when we need it. For more information on dealing with negative, self-critical thoughts, please read my article, “Mindfulness – How to Chill Out and Stop Beating Yourself Up” (https://psychiatryresource.com/articles/ mindfulness).


Modeling a help-seeking attitude and growth mindset begins at home. Do a quick self-check. How do I model a growth mindset and help-seeking attitude for my kids when I am struggling and need help? How do I communicate to my kids that I’m there to help them without undermining them or fostering dependency? If you are helping your child with their homework and don’t know the answer, how do you go about getting the answer if you can’t figure it out with available resources?

So, how can you help kids without doing things for them or making them feel stupid? One way is to figure out what level of support they might need from you. There are many different roles that you can take when helping kids figure out problems:

+ Planner – “If that doesn’t work, what is your backup plan?”

+ Technical Support – “Call me if you have a question.”

+ Helper – “I’ll run the mixer and put the cake pans in the oven.”

+ Inspector – “Okay, kids. Before you ride your bikes off the jump you’re building, come get me to check things out.”

+ Supervisor – “I’ll be in the shade over there to keep track of your progress.”

+ Fan – “Come get me when you’re done. I want to see what you’ve made.”

+ Transportation – “If you guys get tired out or if something isn’t going right, call me and I’ll come to get you.”

The other way to help kids is to avoid

some basic mistakes. When kids ask for help, don’t blame them, mock them, or do something for them without them watching you and learning how to do it themselves in the future. It’s also helpful to think about helping your children as a process, not a one-time event. Kids remember these experiences and it improves their confidence. The more areas where they feel confident and gain “adult” skills the more they will be encouraged to try more things and not be afraid to ask for help when they need it. They might also try a little harder before asking for help because it’s comforting to know that help is there when you need it.


Expanding the field means adding more people (or helpers) to a problem that needs to be solved. Even experts need help. I have to connect with other medical and mental health specialists several times each week in my role as a physician, even though I’m already a specialist in psychiatry.

So how can we encourage kids to reach out for help and expand the field in their lives when they need it? It can feel especially hard when kids seem to only be willing to ask for and receive help from their parents. Probably the best place to start is supporting kids to ask for help in their current school classrooms. Once kids master asking for help from their teacher, they can expand to other areas of their lives like coaches, music teachers, etc. Helping your child to reach out to teachers right away and ask for help appropriately is critical. We want our kids to say, “Please show me how to do this math problem so I can do the others,” not “Just tell me the answer.”

You can also practice role-playing with your child in interacting with teachers and other adults, and if your child finds that a particular person is not helpful, then you can start brainstorming together on who to reach out to next to help them get the help they need.


Imagine your child as a confident, grounded, and independent young adult. How did they get there? Kids who have learned to ask for and receive help have greater resilience, healthier relationships, and greater success in their education and later careers. They have a sense of competence that builds confidence and they don’t feel awkward about reaching out for help when they have reached the limits of their knowledge, education, and available resources. You can be the person who helps your child get on the path to becoming an independent adult by modeling and encouraging them in appropriate help-seeking behavior. ■

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Check out who’s standing out in our community.


Please email jblewett@tlc4cs.org and tell us why this individual has stood out in your crowd.


Gabe Kibler is a gentle soul who looks out for everyone. He is always there when he’s needed by the people around him. Gabe is passionate about sports, specifically wrestling on the school team. He loves coming to the ROCK and enjoys having positive adult connections outside of his parents. Gabe was The ROCK Jefferson Student of the month in October for being a student who shows, lives, and promotes the values of the ROCK. He was selected as a student speaker at the ROCK Fundraising Dinner in 2022 and did a fantastic job. When he grows up, Gabe plans to become a mechanic and is starting the Car Care program at Dow High in his freshman year.


Jessica Chai is one of the most exuberant leaders at DHS. As a member of the Student Leadership program, she has a platform to share her ideas of how to improve not only the school but the community. Jessica also extends her exceptional leadership qualities by serving as a representative on the MAHS/MASC Student Board of Delegates. This allows her to share her ideas and learn from student leaders from all over Michigan. Jessica is passionate about advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion. She’s able to exercise this passion through her involvement with Midland Youth Inclusivity Committee. Her involvement with these organizations has led her to assist with planning events to recognize days like Juneteenth and the Lunar New Year.


Madeline Gustincic is a sophomore at Bullock Creek High School. Madeline is a positive role model, who deeply cares and is involved in her school and community. Her involvement in the Peer-2-Peer team has been outstanding as she volunteers for projects with 110% effort. She has been a contributing member of Varsity Band for both Marching and Concert as well as Jazz Band. She is the Co-President of the sophomore class for the Student Council. Madeline has challenged herself with the most advanced classes, earning outstanding grades. Outside of Bullock Creek, Madeline serves on the Steering Committee for Midland County Youth Leadership. She is a member of the Midland Youth Action Council, Midland Youth Inclusivity Council, and Midland’s Cultural Awareness Coalition.


Marcia Hahnfeld and Judy Nash have been volunteer tutors for the Legacy Center for over 15 years. Both retired educators, they work with school-age learners in the Barton Dyslexia Reading program and adult learners in the Adult Basic Education program. Together, they have helped over 35 people improve their reading while helping them achieve other goals. Their donation of over 6,000 hours of time has changed lives throughout the community. Marcia stays in contact with her first learner from 2007. Judy helped the same adult complete high school, graduate community college, and interview for her first job over the past four years. They love their involvement with the Legacy Center and invite you to join them as a volunteer literacy tutor.

Girls on the Run Great Lakes Bay

Girls on the Run Great Lakes Bay inspires girls in 3rd-8th grade to be more joyful, healthy, and confident. Meeting in small teams, trained volunteer coaches inspire girls of all abilities to strengthen confidence and other important life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and physical activity. The Heart & Sole middle school program meets the unique needs of girls of all abilities in 6th-8th grade. The program considers the whole person – body, brain, heart, spirit, and social connection. Heart & Sole offers an inclusive place of belonging, where girls feel supported and inspired to explore their emotions, cultivate empathy, and strengthen their physical and emotional health. Learn more at www.gotrgreatlakesbay.org.

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40 Developmental Assets are essential qualities of life that help young people thrive, do well in school, and avoid risky behavior.

Youth Connections utilizes the 40 Developmental Assets Framework to guide the work we do in promoting positive youth development. The 40 Assets model was developed by the Minneapolis-based Search Institute based on extensive research. Just as we are coached to diversify our financial assets so that all our eggs are not in one basket, the strength that the 40 Assets model can build in our youth comes through diversity. In a nutshell, the more of the 40 Assets youth possess, the more likely they are to exhibit positive behaviors and attitudes (such as good health and school success) and the less likely they are to exhibit risky behaviors (such as drug use and promiscuity).

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1. Family support: Family life provides high levels of love and support.

2. Positive family communication: Young person and her or his parent(s) communicate positively, and young person is willing to seek advice and counsel from parent(s).

3. Other adult relationships: Young person receives support from three or more nonparent adults.

4. Caring neighborhood: Young person experiences caring neighbors.

5. Caring school climate: School provides a caring, encouraging environment.

6. Parent involvement in school: Parent(s) are actively involved in helping young person succeed in school.


7. Community values youth: Young person perceives that adults in the community value youth.

8. Youth as resources: Young people are given useful roles in the community.

9. Service to others: Young person serves in the community one hour or more per week.

10. Safety: Young person feels safe at home, at school, and in the neighborhood.


11. Family boundaries: Family has clear rules and consequences and monitors the young person’s whereabouts.

12. School boundaries: School provides clear rules and consequences.

13. Neighborhood boundaries: Neighbors take responsibility for monitoring young people’s behavior.

14. Adult role models: Parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior.

15. Positive peer influence: Young person’s best friends model responsible behavior.

16. High expectations: Both parent(s) and teachers encourage the young person to do well.


17. Creative activities: Young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts.

18. Youth programs: Young person spends three or more hours per week in sports, clubs, or organizations at school and/or in the community.

19. Religious community: Young person spends one or more hours per week in activities in a religious institution.

20. Time at home: Young person is out with friends “with nothing special to do” two or fewer nights per week.

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21. Achievement motivation: Young person is motivated to do well in school.

22. School engagement: Young person is actively engaged in learning.

23. Homework: Young person reports doing at least one hour of homework every school day.

24. Bonding to school: Young person cares about her or his school.

25. Reading for pleasure: Young person reads for pleasure three or more hours per week.


26. Caring: Young person places high value on helping other people.

27. Equality and social justice: Young person places high value on promoting equality and reducing hunger and poverty.

28. Integrity: Young person acts on convictions and stands up for her or his beliefs.

29. Honesty: Young person “tells the truth even when it is not easy.”

30. Responsibility: Young person accepts and takes personal responsibility.

31. Restraint: Young person believes it is important not to be sexually active or to use alcohol or other drugs.


32. Planning and decision making: Young person knows how to plan ahead and make choices.

33. Interpersonal competence: Young person has empathy, sensitivity, and friendship skills.

34. Cultural competence: Young person has knowledge of and comfort with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds.

35. Resistance skills: Young person can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations.

36. Peaceful conflict resolution: Young person seeks to resolve conflict nonviolently.


37. Personal power: Young person feels he or she has control over “things that happen to me.”

38. Self-esteem: Young person reports having a high self-esteem.

39. Sense of purpose: Young person reports that “my life has a purpose.”

40. Positive view of personal future: Young person is optimistic about her or his personal future.

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can change a kid’s life

Whether it’s about learning geometry to get a good grade, finding a job, or making a new group of friends, the pursuit of a meaningful goal can bring light, life, and organization to a kid’s life.

One of the worst things to see is a kid who’s disconnected and disengaged from growing, the ones who show little interest in caring or trying. Kids in that state fall into an at-risk category and deserve our attention and care.

For those kids who do identify goals and ambitions, there’s actually more support and guidance that we can provide them, which will in turn strengthen their foundation for a thriving future.

On one hand, you might have a kid who focuses solely on the benefits of achieving their goal. They imagine what it will feel like, and what they’ll be able to do once they get it. That leads to fantasy and a set-up for disappointment.

On the other hand is a kid who gets overwhelmed by the uphill battle they’ll need to push through and all of the various obstacles that are going to impede their progress. That turns into dejection and avoidance.

Both of those approaches will be a realistic barrier to a kid’s willingness and ability to meaningfully pursue their goal.

The third path is the way of mental contrasting, a relatively straightforward and simple exercise with powerful effects. It’s where an equal amount of attention and reflection is spent on goal attainment and goal obstacles. In the balance of both emerges a realistic path forward combined with the motivation to keep going.

Mental contrasting exercises ask kids to conceptualize all aspects of a dream, goal, or ambition they have, and also think through the inherent obstacles they’ll face as they try to achieve it.

The process of mental contrasting is a mature skill to develop over time. You can

certainly teach kids how to do it by walking them through a goal-setting exercise in a formal context. Here is a document that walks through the steps on how to make plans to reach their goal: naturalhigh.org/ wp-content/uploads/2019/07/LandingYour-Trick.pdf

It can also be taught and reinforced through natural discussions about their goals and ambitions. By asking questions on both sides of the equation, you can lead them to process the full reality of their desires.

As you watch them move forward, pay attention to how they move from one side or the other, either overwhelmed by the obstacles or caught up in the fantasy of a dream unfulfilled. Acknowledge what you notice and invite them to think aloud about the other side.

Here’s how it works:

STEP ONE: Ask them to think of one or two goals or accomplishments in different areas of their life, for instance, academics, sports, friendships, or college prep.

STEP TWO: After they’ve made a list, ask them to select the goal that feels most important to them.

STEP THREE: Direct them to write down what they will feel like, what they will say to others, and the new reality that they’ll experience after they accomplish their goal.

STEP FOUR: Have them share their goal and their future feelings about accomplishing that goal with a partner or small group

STEP FIVE: Now, looking at their goal, have them write down the obstacles, barriers, and roadblocks they might face as they move forward. Ask them to consider what it will cost them in terms of time, energy, and focus, and write those things down.

STEP SIX: Putting it all together, invite them to take turns in pairs or small groups, first sharing their goal, why it’s important to them, then the barriers they’ll face along the way. The final piece would be for them to share how they will feel once they accomplish their goal, despite the challenges and barriers.

When a kid has meaningful, interesting goals to focus on, whether those goals are about academics, sports, or something else, and also has the capacity to pursue them, they are protected against distractions and choices that could be harmful to their health and future. Kids who practice mental contrasting increase their self-regulation skills and are much less likely to engage in risky behaviors. ■

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When a kid has meaningful, interesting goals to focus on, whether those goals are about academics, sports, or something else, and also has the capacity to pursue them, they are protected against distractions and choices that could be harmful to their health and future.
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DATING ABUSE red flags of

Dating abuse can often be thought of as an adult problem, but that is not always the case. According to the CDC one in 12 U.S. high school students experience physical dating abuse. That number also holds true for high school students who have experienced sexual dating abuse. We often want to blame the person in the relationship who is being abused. How many times have you heard someone say, “Why doesn’t she (or he) leave him (or her)?” or “If I were in that situation I would never stay with someone who treats me like that.”? The problem is not the person being abused, but the abuser themselves. If you talk to anyone who has ever been in an abusive relationship, they will tell you that the relationship did not start out this way. The abuser was everything this person had wanted. They were romantic or attentive to their partner’s needs. This is all part of the “Cycle of Abuse,” the Honeymoon period, then the tension builds followed by explosion and then onto the Honeymoon period again. By the time the abused person knows what is going on, they are stuck in this cycle and it is hard to escape.

So, what do parents need to know and what should they look for?

Prevention is a key component in helping to decrease teen dating abuse and you can never start too early. Talk with your preteens about healthy boundaries and how to maintain healthy relationships. The CDC has developed resources to help communities focus on prevention efforts. Check out Dating Matters on the CDC.gov website. It includes multiple prevention components for 11–14 year olds. There are multiple strategies that help prevent intimate partner violence and teen dating abuse which include engaging men and

boys as allies and bystander empowerment and education. We often overlook how communities can help to reduce teen dating abuse. Check out the CDC’s Preventing Intimate Partner Violence Across the Lifespan: A Technical Package of Programs, Policies and Practices

As your teens start dating make sure you are keeping open communication with them, you want them to know that you are always there for them no matter what. Talk to your teen about what a healthy relationship looks like. Here are some green flags (signs that a relationship is healthy):

+ The relationship is not moving too fast

+ The partner respects the girl/ boyfriend’s decisions

+ The partner is not jealous or possessive

+ They both have their own lives

As a parent you need to also talk to your kids about red flags (warning signs) of relationships:

+ Extreme jealousy

+ Moving too quickly into a relationship

+ Isolation from family and friends

+ Telling someone what they can and cannot do

This is not an exhaustive list, but a good starting point for a conversation about the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.

As a parent, pay attention to signs of dating abuse:

+ Has your teen become withdrawn from their usual activities?

+ Has your teen become depressed?

+ Does your teen have unexplained bruises or marks?

If you see signs of abuse, what should you do next? First and foremost, talk with your teen. Make sure that you are open and honest with your concerns, but do not be critical. This can cause them to withdraw and not want to talk with you. Make sure they understand that you do not blame them for the abuse happening. Tell them that you understand it is the abuser’s fault.

Teens are at a point in their lives where they may not want to talk to you or feel like you will make them break up with their partner. Encourage your child to turn to a teacher, a mentor, a clergy leader, or another trusted adult if they need someone else to talk to.

The most important thing that a parent can have is knowledge when dealing with teen dating abuse. Often, we think of physical abuse when we think about dating abuse. But that is not the only kind of abuse. There is also:

+ Sexual abuse: behavior that coerces someone to do something sexually that they don’t want*

+ Emotional/verbal abuse: nonphysical behaviors such as threats, insults, isolation and humiliation*

+ Financial abuse: limit access to finances, using financial circumstances to control

+ Digital abuse: using technology to harass, stalk, or intimidate*

+ Stalking: someone watches, follows, or harasses repeatedly* ■

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When you understand these different forms, abuse can be easier to spot. There are many resources that are available online from the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Teens and parents anywhere in the country can call 866.331.9474 for help. You or your teen can also text “START” to 88788. Together we can keep teens safe from abuse.
*For more information and expanded definitions, visit LOVEISRESPECT.ORG

We asked law enforcement for their advice on Snapchat. Officer Gomez shared this information:


1) Popular and most kids use it.

2) The filters on Snapchat are fun to use.

3) Automatically hides information from parents.

4) Has a secret pass-coded picture vault.

5) Automatically logs devices out when logged into on another device.


1) Parents can’t check kids’ phones for content incoming or outgoing.

2) Lots of inappropriate behaviors posted on Snapchat desensitize kids to reality. (Nude photos, drugs, parties, crimes, pornography, fights, pranks, challenges)

3) Parents can’t monitor or filter information being seen.

4) Parents can’t check who is talking to their children.

5) Parents have to blindly trust their young teens in a hazardous environment.

6) Snapchat can broadcast your child’s location within 10 feet.

7) Most predators highly recommend Snapchat to kids they are speaking with.

I strongly recommend 18 (previously 16) be a better age for Snapchat to be allowed on phones. I see terrible things at school come across Snapchat and parents have no way to see what that is. It is common for 75% of students in high school to have sent out naked pictures and most of those have been sent on Snapchat. I also see kids get completely addicted (8-15 hours per day) to time that is completely wasted and will not have return on time used.


1) I want to be the “cool parent.”

2) I’m tired of arguing with my kid about it.

3) I have no idea what Snapchat is.

4) All the other kids have it.

5) I trust my kid and nothing you say will change that.

6) My kid is different from other kids.

Did you know Snapchat has a built-in secret picture vault with its own password? Yup, most parents don’t know about this either. (See https://tinyurl.com/mr7n9p25 about how to find the secret vault which is called My Eyes Only). Did you know spambots now send unsolicited pornography indiscriminately to usernames on Snapchat? Parental phone checks are not going to uncover this Snapchat feature. Please put serious thought into letting your children have an application on their cell phones that hides information from you, the parent.

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a well-balanced NO

Well, it happened again last night ... and we both went to bed feeling terrible. I said NO! Again. For the umpteenth time. It seems like I say NO every day, all the time, in fact. One little, teeny word is so powerful.

Saying NO feels like it creates a rift in the relationship between you and your child, a rift that sometimes becomes an insurmountable mountain that you precariously traverse with a rock pick in hand. Along the way, you get harsh words, yelling, tantrum, pouting, “I hate you” and all the other heart-puncturing weapons thrown at you to dissuade. It almost makes you want to quit, back down, take another path, an easier one, one where your child is smiling and hugging you!

Why is that little word so important to all human wellbeing? Well, for a moment, lets imagine a world where we were never told NO. Those stop signs around town? They would be meaningless – just suggestions, really. Being told NO, gently, by our parents and teachers taught us to wait our turn.

Think of all the ways adults tolerate NO on a daily basis:

+ Doing a project for your boss when you don’t agree with the premise.

+ Fixing the lawnmower for your spouse when you would rather go fishing.

+ Stopping after only one cookie when your inner child is telling you to have another.

As parents, I think we struggle with NO for many reasons. We are tired. It’s a crazy-busy world. You may be exhausted, insecure in your parenting role or afraid of how your child will react, especially in a public place. (I swear Walmart is the best place to throw a tantrum.) We are afraid of how our children will feel about us, if they will be mad at us. We are afraid that it will stifle their creativity, they won’t be such free thinkers.

The reality is, learning NO is all a part of the human condition. It is a part of learning boundaries and limits, how far to go and how much to have. We are survivalists by biology. It is how we were engineered (or

we would probably have died out long ago). We take what we can get when we can get it. But we also learn societal rules, because you don’t want to be left out of the clan when the saber-tooth tigers are out hunting. We learned that by being together we can do more, but we have to have rules or we don’t accomplish anything. Weirdly, NO is good. NO makes us feel safe. NO makes our children feel like we love them and care about their wellbeing. NO is extremely important.

I had to say NO to my son again today, but I did it with a kind word and an understanding that he will be upset because he doesn’t like my NO. NO, a

well-balanced NO, is not a punishment. It is meant to teach a child frustration tolerance, disappointment, self-regulation. As adults, not only do we get told NO in some way a 100 times a day, we also have to tell ourselves NO. If not, we would spend all our money, not pay bills, eat to excess, make terrible decisions with our relationships. But mostly we have learned to self-regulate, which is the outcome of being told NO as a child. A good NO must be couched with a firmness (so the kid knows you won’t give in) and a kindness (so they know you are not just punishing them because you want to be mean). This helps them focus on what is important –what lesson we want them to learn with this NO.

One of my favorite examples of a good well-balanced NO is from a few years ago when my child was four. He went through a phase where, every day, about 15 minutes before dinner, he would ask for a cookie. I took it to heart and tried really hard not to do what I had experienced (a lot of yelling and screaming on my mom’s part to get out of the kitchen and leave her alone). It was hard! But I was able to use kindness, saying, “I’m sorry, honey. You cannot have a cookie. We are going to eat soon,” while still using firmness and standing by my NO. I worked hard not to waver, as he cried and pled, even threw a tantrum a time or two. But eventually, he no longer asked for a cookie and if he needed a snack he had a carrot stick instead. In this one instance, I could really connect to why my son was hating NO so much – who doesn’t want a cookie pretty much anytime?

All of this aside, what I want most for my children is that they will grow up kind and caring people. This is real success. Hearing NO is just one step in that direction. Look for opportunities to tell your children NO in a safe and caring manner, where the price tag is low and where you are there to help them learn frustration tolerance and selfregulation. Be ok that they get upset at the NO, help them with that feeling. Practice having kindness and firmness – it’s not an easy combination! It’s hard for us all. Go out there and love your kids with a big wellintentioned NO! ■

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NO, a well-balanced NO, is not a punishment. It is meant to teach a child frustration tolerance, disappointment, self-regulation.
As adults, not only do we get told NO in some way a 100 times a day, we also have to tell ourselves NO. If not, we would spend all our money, not pay bills, eat to excess, make terrible decisions with our relationships.




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BATH SALTS: not what it sounds like

Did you know that “bath salts” is just a street name for synthetic cathinones? Bathing products (like Epsom salts) are often natural in origin and have no mind-altering effects, whereas synthetic cathinones are manufactured by humans in a lab.

Often sold as either “bath salts,” “plant fertilizer,” or “vanilla sky,” synthetic cathinones are packaged as a white or brown crystalline powder. The drug is a stimulant, marketed as a substitute for cocaine and/or amphetamines. Most commonly smoked, synthetic cathinones can also be swallowed, snorted, or injected.

While no doubt dangerous, these products are available legally, and legislative attempts to control synthetic cathinones have been particularly challenging. Synthetic cathinones are available online, at cannabis paraphernalia stores (aka “head” shops), and sometimes at convenience stores and truck stops, and are sold with varying names such as “Red Dove,” “Cloud 9,” “Ocean Snow,” and so-on. They often state that they are “not for human consumption”

on the packaging, which is sold in 200-mg and 500-mg sizes. Chemically similar to other stimulants like amphetamines, cocaine, and MDMA (aka “Molly”), synthetic cathinones share similar dangers, such as potential for addiction, increased heart rate, chest pain, breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, kidney failure, and in some cases, death. Short-term effects include very severe paranoia that can sometimes cause people to harm themselves or others. Signs of use include suicidal thoughts, agitation, combative or violent behavior, confusion, hallucinations, and psychosis.

The best way to know if your children are using synthetic cathinones is through having a strong relationship based in trust, in which you can talk to them about their substance use. On the foundation of a loving relationship, if your child is struggling with an addiction of any sort, they will know that they can come to you as a safe resource who will help them access the professional help they may need. ■ Information in this article was sourced from the National Institute of Health, as well as from the professional clinical opinion of the author.

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