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Celebrate Screen Free Week!

Screen-Free Week is an annual, international celebration when families, schools, and communities swap digital entertainment for the joys of life beyond the screen. Instead of watching TV, surfing the web, or playing with apps and video games, they read, play, think, create, get active, and spend more time with family and friends.

You can celebrate and still use devices for work or school. But if screens of any kind interfere with family time (including meals), you may want to rethink how and when you’re using them.

Digital entertainment dominates the lives of far too many kids, displacing all sorts of other activities that are integral to childhood. Excessive screen time is linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity, and attention problems. And it is primarily through screens that children are exposed to harmful marketing.

Screen-Free Week is a fun way to power down and reconnect with the world around us. 

C'mon - you can do it!  Check it out!

Raising Kids With Integrity

A young boy picks up a toy that another child dropped and gives it back ​without thinking of keeping it ​for himself. A teenage girl dents the bumper of the family car and admits it to her parents, telling them she’s ​really sorry. A 12-year-old boy refuses to drink alcohol at a party because he knows it’s not the right thing to do.

All of these are examples of integrity. And while your kids may not know what it means yet, it’s our job as a parents to teach them how to make it part of their lives.

To help, here are 12 days of “challenge” activities you and your kids ​can do together that will help them grow into ​thoughtful, honest, and moral adults. Each daily activity includes a dinner discussion to wrap up the day.   Check out the challenge

Courtesy of Boys Town

How to Spot Teenage Depression

New guidelines focus on helping better identify teens who may be struggling with depression, as rates for the disorder climb

Is your child’s moodiness a sign of typical teenage angst—or the beginning of a depression that needs professional attention?

Statistics show that teen depression is on the rise. In 2016, around 13% of U.S. teenagers ages 12-17 had at least one major depressive episode in the past year, compared to almost 8% in 2006.  Read more Here..

With special permission from Elizabeth Bernstein of the Wall Street Journal

If you have unused or expired medications in your home, please dispose of them at a nearby drop box or bring them to the next Drug Take Back day at your local police station on April 28th.
Addiction Treatment Options in RI:

Did You Know?
You can call 401-942-STOP (401-942-7867) to talk to a licensed counselor.  The Hope & Recovery Support Line is open all day, every day

Check out this quick video about Parenting a Teen!
Parenting a Teen: in 90 Seconds! 

For more parenting tips: Special permission from Josh Shipp!
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