It’s the Law

It’s the Law

  Boy, the laws have changed since I was a teenager. The problem is, lots of people don’t know about them. And, it is important as a parent you know and understand them to both protect yourself and your child. We could go into all of the brain science and… [Read the Rest]


Highlights from the First BN Parents’ Speaker Series Event: Adolescence

Highlights from the First BN Parents’ Speaker Series Event: Adolescence

Kristy Braun, Nurse Practitioner from OSF Pediatrics, spoke to a group of parents and teachers this month at the first BN Parents’ Speaker Series Event hosted by OSF Center for Healthy Lifestyles.  The conversation was two-way and, the information shared, valuable. For those not able to attend, here are the… [Read the Rest]


I Didn’t See That Coming

I Didn’t See That Coming

A few years back, an article in National Geographic caught my attention. In it, the author suggested teens actually “court risk” more than at any other time in life and view risk and reward differently than adults. Did you catch that? DIFFERENTLY than us! What is key in understanding the… [Read the Rest]


Keeping Holiday Celebrations Safe

Keeping Holiday Celebrations Safe

Tis the season for gift giving and holiday cheer. It is a time when kitchens are full of wonderful smells and many homes are often stocked with alcohol for the festivities. The problem, underage drinking becomes harder to prevent. To keep your teen safe, and you out of trouble, we… [Read the Rest]


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]