Vaping and E-cigarettes: What Parents Need to Know

Vaping by teenagers has reached epidemic levels, leaving many concerned about the future health of today's youth. Recently, an advisory was issued by the U.S. Surgeon about the dangers of electronic cigarette use among U.S. teenagers. Parents can play an important role in addressing this public health epidemic. The Surgeon General urged parents and teachers to take action by educating themselves and talking to teens about the dangers of vaping. The Basics Electronic cigarettes, also known as "e-cigs," "e-hookahs," "mods," "juuling," and "vape pens" are battery-operated products designed to deliver nicotine, flavor and other chemicals. They turn chemicals, including highly addictive nicotine,

Emotional and Relational Needs of Children

How can parents meet the emotional and relational needs of their children? Parents have many important jobs to do when it comes to raising healthy, successful children. As we often say in our parent programs, "Parenting is not a job for sissies!" We can become overwhelmed with trying to take care of all that needs taken care of- carpool lines, laundry piles, packing lunches, cooking dinners, games, concerts, and the list goes on and on. How can we prioritize spending our time, energy and money when it comes to parenting? We will suggest that the greatest priority parents have is meeting the emotional and social needs of their children. There are a number of different theories related to emot

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