Four Trends You Should Know About

February 2006

Being a teenager in this generation is completely different than when you were a kid. It seems like the world is changing, and it is imperative as a parent that you don’t get left behind. Being aware of the world will help you understand what your teen is up to. Here are four trends you should be aware of.

FDA Calls for Strongest Warning on ADHD Drugs

March 2006

The Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted 8-7 to add a “black box” warning to stimulants used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) because of cardiac risks. This recommendation came after shocking reports of the deaths of 25 people, 19 of them children, using these medications (USA Today).


May 2006

To your children, has become both a noun and a verb. This unchallenged colossus of adolescent communication works like a telephone, a back fence, a class bulletin board (and, at times, a locker room), all rolled into one virtual mosh pit. Teenagers are logging on to MySpace to complete homework assignments, catch up on the latest trends, and post messages to friends. is the number one most frequently used virtual hangout, and it ranks seventh of the most used sites on the U.S. Internet in terms of page hits. Teenagers all over the nation are becoming obsessed with MySpace, as well as other networking sites including, Buzz-Oven,, and

Is Your Teen's Summer Going to Pot?

June 2006

Summer is here and teenagers are getting a break from the pressures of school, the stress of a structured schedule, and the inconvenience of constant supervision. Unfortunately, these three months of adolescent bliss can quickly turn into a parent’s worst nightmare. Summer is the riskiest time of year when it comes to teens getting into trouble. It is proven that more teens try marijuana for the first time during the summer months (June, July, and August) than any other time of the year. Marijuana is not the only trouble teenagers find during summer; other risky behaviors such as participating in substance abuse, smoking, and other dangerous activities become more tempting to teens who are unsupervised. This can make summer, if not handled correctly, the perfect recipe for trouble.

Prescription Drug Abuse

June 2006

Prescription drug abuse has become an escalating problem among teens and young adults. Some teens perceive this type of substance abuse as being safer or more socially acceptable than other drugs, but for many it’s easier to acquire prescription drugs than street drugs. It’s important for parents to warn their teens that abusing any kind of drug, whether it’s a prescribed or street drug, can be deadly.

Inhalant Abuse

June 2006

Inhalant or solvent abuse involves purposefully sniffing common household products for the purpose of getting high. Any product that can be safely used in the home becomes a dangerous substance when it’s inhaled. The list of potential drugs is endless and includes cleaners, nail polish removers, markers, pens, glues, paint products, aerosol sprays, and other chemicals.

Is Your Teen Holding you Hostage?

August 2006

If you are up all night and preoccupied all day worried about fighting with, and trying to stop your teenager from making poor choices, then you have good reason to be concerned. More than 11 million teens in America were reported to have tried illegal drugs, teens now drink a quarter of all the alcohol consumed in the United States, and there are approximately fifteen million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases annually—two thirds of which occur among adolescents and young adults under 25. Thousands of parents lie awake at night helplessly waiting for their teenagers to come home, wondering what he or she has been doing. This type of sleep deprivation and daily anxiety is forcing parents like you to live in a hostage-like situation. Your teenager is controlling your thoughts, your daily activities, and ultimately your lifestyle. It is time to make a change. Parents across the nation are putting their foot down and getting the help they need—isn’t it time you did the same?

Is Your Teen "Robotripping?"

September 2006

“Robotripping” is the nickname for a new trend that is causing emergency rooms across the United States an increased number of visits from teens. “Robotripping” involves the abuse of Robitussin® cough syrup or any cold and flu pills that contain dextromethorphan, also known as DXM. By overdosing on these over-the-counter (OTC) cold and cough suppressants, teens are able to simulate hallucinations similar to the feelings experienced while using PCP (an extremely dangerous hallucinogen). Robitussin®, Coricidin HBP, Vicks NyQuil® and Vicks Formula 44® are the most common cold drugs abused because they are legal, easy to get, and inexpensive.

Self-Mutilation Scars More than Just Skin

October 2006

Self-mutilation is a topic parents often disregard as a problem only faced by someone else’s children. Most parents believe this condition could never apply to themselves, or their own children. Unfortunately, self-mutilation is widely misunderstood and most often occurs in the quiet corners of the home. One in every hundred people is found participating in some form of self-injury. That means that there is a one in a hundred chance that your teenager is suffering from some form of self-harm. The scars left from self-mutilation can mar the child’s body and spirit for the rest of their life.

No Substitutes for Good Parenting

November 2006

Many new laws are being passed and current technologies are being developed to create a constant monitoring system over our teens. Cell phones are now equipped with GPS systems so that parents know exactly where their teens are at all times (or at least where their cell phones are). Many cities are passing curfew laws so that teens cannot be on the streets during school hours. Almost every public school in America is equipped with at least one police officer monitoring arrivals and exiting students; most high school students are no longer allowed to leave campus for lunch. Many states have also passed laws that teens cannot drive with other teens in the car until they are 18.

Recent Trends in Teen Violence

December 2006

In recent years, the country has delighted in a drastic decrease in crime rates. In the 1980’s the crime rate soared to an all-time high, peaking in 1994. Luckily, by 2004 the rate of crime dropped 30 percent. Although it is impossible to detect the exact reasons for this decline of the crime rate, officials suggest that improved economic conditions, a growing prison population, gun and illegal drug laws, and greater access to housing and employment may have much to do with it.