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Month: October 2014

Parents Preventing Substance Abuse in Los Angeles Children

Substance Abuse | LoveParentingLA.comEven though the average age of beginning drug use is around 14 year old, talking to your child about drugs can begin as early as 6 or 7. Even during this young age, there are teachable moments to encourage your child’s avoidance of substance use later in life.

For instance, if you see a billboard or television commercial highlighting the use of cigarettes, a parent might talk with their child about smoking, nicotine addiction, and what smoking does to a person’s body. This might lead into a discussion about other drugs and how they can potentially cause harm. Parents can keep the tone of these discussions calm, using terms their child can understand. As parents and children are spending time in various parts of Los Angeles, they might witness people drinking or smoking, which can also be points for discussion. Parents should be specific about the effects of the drugs, including how they make a person feel, the risk of overdose, and the other long-term damage they can cause.

Sadly, according to a 2009 federal survey, one in 10 children ages 12 to 17 use illicit drugs on a regular basis. However, according to Dr. Joseph Lee, Medical Director of the Hazelden Center for Youth and Family, an addiction treatment facility in Minneapolis, there are many simple steps that parents can take to prevent drug use in their children. In fact, these are simple and effective ways that parents help their children avoid the pitfalls of alcohol and drug use later in life: Continue reading

Parents Preventing Substance Abuse in Los Angeles Children

Substance Abuse in LA | LoveParentingLA.comEven though the average age of beginning drug use is around 14 year old, talking to your child about drugs can begin as early as 6 or 7. Even during this young age, there are teachable moments to encourage your child’s avoidance of substance use later in life.

For instance, if you see a billboard or television commercial highlighting the use of cigarettes, a parent might talk with their child about smoking, nicotine addiction, and what smoking does to a person’s body. This might lead into a discussion about other drugs and how they can potentially cause harm. Parents can keep the tone of these discussions calm, using terms their child can understand. As parents and children are spending time in various parts of Los Angeles, they might witness people drinking or smoking, which can also be points for discussion. Parents should be specific about the effects of the drugs, including how they make a person feel, the risk of overdose, and the other long-term damage they can cause.

Sadly, according to a 2009 federal survey, one in 10 children ages 12 to 17 use illicit drugs on a regular basis. However, according to Dr. Joseph Lee, Medical Director of the Hazelden Center for Youth and Family, an addiction treatment facility in Minneapolis, there are many simple steps that parents can take to prevent drug use in their children. In fact, these are simple and effective ways that parents help their children avoid the pitfalls of alcohol and drug use later in life:

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Grieving the Loss of Your Child in Los Angeles

Grieving | LoveParentingLA.comIf you’re a parent and you’ve lost a child to suicide or injury, you’re likely in need of support.  There’s no question that there will be a range of emotions that you’re going to go through including guilt, depression, denial, and anger. For instance, one mother living in the suburbs of Los Angeles recently lost her daughter. Her co-workers were concerned because she returned to work a week after her daughter’s funeral with the same smile and cheery personality she had prior to her daughter’s death. It was as though nothing had happened. She gave no indication that she had just experienced a major loss.

However, if you’re aware of the stages of grieving or if you’ve experienced grief yourself, you might expect this sort of reaction. For this 38-year-old mother, she was exhibiting the classic first stage of denial. The psychiatrist, Elizabeth Kubler Ross, developed the stages of grieving described below. Initially, she formulated these stages as a result of observing adults suffering from a terminal illness. Later, she found that her theory also applied to anyone who has experienced a major loss, such as a death of a loved one, loss of a job or income, divorce, drug addiction, incarceration, or other losses, even minor ones. Continue reading

How Parents Can Make Los Angeles Safer For Their Children

Bullying | LoveParentingLA.comWhen it comes to parenting, large cities will come with pros and cons to raising a family in one. For instance, parents will have many rich opportunities to introduce to their children the various cultures that a large city has to offer. At the same time, diversity can bring discrimination and conflict. The wide range of ethnic groups that live in large cities can become problematic for children in public schools.

Cadre (Community Assess Development Redefining Education), a small nonprofit in downtown Los Angeles, has recruited the help of parents so that conflicts and discrimination among students of various ethnicities do not get in the way of their learning. Their mission is to improve the experience of students attending school as well as relationships within the community.  Working specifically in South Los Angeles, their vision for public schools in that region involves the following for LA Parents: Continue reading

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