Parenting Through the Teen Years – Understanding that Helps

Parenting Through the Teen Years – Understanding that Helps

Parenting is a challenge.  Each stage requires something different. As soon as you think you have this parenting gig down, the next stage comes along and you start to ask, “Am I doing this right?” Because there is so much change happening during the teen years, it can be particularly… [Read the Rest]


Let’s Talk UNSTOPPABLE

Let’s Talk UNSTOPPABLE

Five years ago we started working with children and adolescents in the community to identify individual strengths. We do this with an activity called the “Tree of Strength.” The activity involves placing a personal strength on a leaf and placing it on our tree. Reinforced is the idea that what… [Read the Rest]


School is Back in Session. Let the Transitions Begin.

School is Back in Session. Let the Transitions Begin.

Transitions are high risk times. They are filled with the excitement of newness but what they open the doors to can vary. As parents, it is an important time to stay connected with your teen and gauge how things are going. The support you provide during this time can encourage… [Read the Rest]


Why Do Smart Students Do Dumb Things?

Why Do Smart Students Do Dumb Things?

It is hard to understand how a teen can use reason and logic to successfully solve complex problems and then turn around and make a terrible decision. That is why it helps to understand what is at work in a teen’s brain. According to Dr. Laurence Steinberg, teen thinking (cognition)… [Read the Rest]


Parents and Community to be Applauded for Efforts to Reduce Underage Drinking and Other Drug Use

Parents and Community to be Applauded for Efforts to Reduce Underage Drinking and Other Drug Use

BN Parents is moving into their fifth year of partnership with the schools and community to get support messaging to parents. The data suggests parents are not only responding, they are making a difference preventing youth substance use. Youth access to alcohol, marijuana, and some other substances have decreased along… [Read the Rest]


Prom 2016

Prom 2016

Prom season is right around the corner in Bloomington-Normal, a night teens want to look back on and cherish for years to come. Parents in town want teens to have a safe and fun prom night and alcohol can get in the way of that. Talking to your teen about… [Read the Rest]


2015 Mailbox Messaging

2015 Mailbox Messaging

Parents with students at Normal Community High School, Normal West High School, Bloomington High School, Central Catholic High School, and University High School can expect a letter to arrive in their mailbox soon. All five of the area high schools are partnering with BN Parents for a fourth year in… [Read the Rest]


What Do Guide Rails and Parenting Teens Have in Common?

What Do Guide Rails and Parenting Teens Have in Common?

When it comes to parenting teens, our role as parents can be challenging and a bit blurry. We move away from the safety zone of knowing our child is being supervised to respecting they are developing as independent individuals away from our watchful eyes. You may have heard it said,… [Read the Rest]


Mailbox Messaging

Mailbox Messaging

Parents with students at Normal Community High School, Normal West High School, Bloomington High School, Central Catholic High School, and University High School can expect a letter to arrive in their mailbox soon. All five of the area high schools are partnering with BN Parents for a third year in… [Read the Rest]


STEPS – A Program to Benefit Alcohol Establishments and the Community

STEPS – A Program to Benefit Alcohol Establishments and the Community

Owners, managers and servers at area businesses that sell alcoholic beverages can learn how to detect a fake ID, determine when to refuse service to an intoxicated patron, and avoid serious lawsuits by attending a safety training program at Heartland Community College (HCC). The Safety Training to Encourage Profitable Services… [Read the Rest]