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We share practical, up-to-date information to help parents tackle difficult issues with their children around underage drinking, drug use, mental health, and more. Together we can create positive outcomes for our children!

What are We Teaching Our Kids?: How to Be a Positive Role Model with Alcohol

“Role Modeling is one of the most powerful tools you have in your parenting tool belt to influence the direction of your children’s character, whatever …

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5 Urgent Reasons to Keep Youth Marijuana-Free

Whether you know it as marijuana, THC, cannabis, weed, or pot, one fact is clear: No amount of marijuana use is safe for youth. Because ...
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An Open Letter to My Son about Underage Drinking

When my, now 25-year-old, son was entering 10th grade, I started getting a lot of questions from family and friends. They wondered how I was ...
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How Medicine Safety Can Save Kids’ Lives Now and in the Future

Note: This insight was originally published on October 21, 2022 and has been updated along with its resources. In light of the opioid epidemic and with ...
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Making the Most of Dinners with Your Teen

Dr. Anne Fishel is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at the Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Family and Couples Therapy Program ...
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Keeping Our Kids Merry and Bright Now and All Year Long

It’s the holiday season and here at Parent Up, we are intentionally celebrating the joy, creativity, and resilience of area youth. We also celebrate YOU, ...
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How To Talk To Your Teen About Marijuana (And Actually Get Somewhere!)

Whether you know it as marijuana, THC, cannabis, weed, or pot, one fact is clear: No amount of marijuana use is safe for youth. With ...
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How to Protect Our Kids from Deadly Fake Pills

In today’s rapidly changing world, it’s more crucial than ever to stay informed about the dangers that can impact our kids and teens. Two of ...
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What are “Safe Risks” and How Can I Support Teens in Taking Safe Risks?

If you’ve ever said, “What were you thinking?!” to a teen, you’re not alone! Luckily, a basic understanding of teen brain development can help us ...
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We Can Knock Out Teen Vaping For Good. Here’s How.

As adults, helping our teens make good choices can sometimes feel like stepping into the boxing ring, facing off against the challenges that threaten their ...
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Deadly Pills in the Northland: Time to Take Action

Law enforcement in our area are seeing deaths among Northland teens and young adults linked to pills that appear to be prescription pills or legitimate ...
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A Letter to the Parents of Our 2023 High School Graduates

Dear Parents and Guardians, Graduation is upon us and it’s time to celebrate your child’s accomplishments and achievements! As you prepare to launch your child ...
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Legal Weed is Now in Missouri – Here’s How You Can Help Ensure Kids Stay Drug-Free

With legal marijuana now being sold and marketed in our community, it’s more important than ever that we protect youth from early experimentation. The adolescent ...
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Keeping Our Kids Merry & Bright

It’s the holiday season and here at Parent Up, we are intentionally celebrating the joy, creativity and resilience of area youth. We also celebrate YOU, ...
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Discreet and Sweet: Steering Kids Clear of Fruity Nicotine Gum, Tablets, & Pouches

There’s a new trend with teens, especially among those who have tried smoking or vaping: New fruity nicotine gums, tablets, pouches, and lozenges. Popular brands ...
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Underage Drinking: It’s on Us to Protect Kids

by Parent Up Staff As adults we have the opportunity, and the obligation, to do everything we can to make sure our young people have ...
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Making the Most of Dinners with Your Teen

Dr. Anne Fishel is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at the Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Family and Couples Therapy Program ...
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Giving Devices a Seat…Away From the Table

Have you noticed that at Parent Up, we ARE OBSESSED with encouraging families to sit down and eat meals together?! Why the bias?  Well, it’s ...
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Marijuana: Risky Business for Young Brains

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 38% of high school youth have used marijuana at some point in their lives.  In this same ...
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Fentanyl in the Northland: What We Can Do

Kim Downs is a lifelong Kansas City North resident and has been a licensed school social worker in the area for nearly 20 years. She ...
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Drawing Boundaries for Safe, Healthy Kids

Diane Pickert is a Community Prevention Specialist at Tri-County Mental Health Services in Kansas City, MO.  Her background education is in Early Childhood Development, Communication, ...
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The Magic of Family Meals

How has family meal time changed for you this year? Has your family had to adapt to new school and work schedules, making it harder ...
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What We Want Every Parent to Know

There’s yard signs, news headlines, and lawsuits buzzing around us. No, we are not talking about the election. We’re talking about medical marijuana. In 2018, ...
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High-Performing Kids and Mental Wellness: The Tightrope Walk

We humans are good at finding patterns. This evolutionary benefit has kept us alive longer than the dinosaurs, but it’s not foolproof. Sometimes, these patterns ...
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7 Things to Consider As You Send Your Child Back to School

What a difficult time this is to be thinking about back to school! Not only do you need to prepare your child for going to school, ...
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The Results are In! New 2020 Data and Looking to the Future

Local Data on Substance Use Declines The Missouri Student Survey is conducted on even-numbered years and tracks risky behaviors of students in grades 6-12 attending ...
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What are We Teaching Our Kids?: How to be a positive role model when it comes to alcohol

“Role Modeling is one of the most powerful tools you have in your parenting tool belt to influence the direction of your children’s character, whatever ...
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We Are Supposed to Feel: Parenting During COVID-19

This month, Sonya Richardson-Thomas, a Licensed Professional Counselor, gives practical tips and tools for parents as they work to extend grace and acceptance during the ...
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4 Parenting Trends For 2020

New year, new trends! As we enter a new decade, here are some parenting trends and movements you might see in 2020. Mental Health Transparency ...
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Secrets Versus Privacy

With teenagers on their road to expanding independence, a parental grip must somewhat loosen. The balance between being present and involved, and allowing our kids ...
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6 Warning Signs Your Child Has Been Vaping

Vaping –or the use of e-cigarettes– is a dangerous trend that has been rising in popularity among youth. In fact, a 2019 report by the ...
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The Power of Grandparents in Preventing Underage Drinking

Children often hold a special place in their hearts and minds for grandparents. Oftentimes, they feel like they’re able to have open conversations with their ...
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Start Young: 5 Ways to Talk To Your Elementary Aged Child About Alcohol

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8 Warning Signs That Your Child Has Been Drinking

We've identified 8 few common changes in your kid's physical appearance and behavior that may be warning signs that they have been drinking.
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Alcohol Advertising – How It Influences Youth Perceptions on Drinking

Advertising is everywhere, and alcohol-related advertising is no exception. In 2011 alone, 14 major alcohol marketers spent a whopping $3.45 billion on advertising.
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The Secret Sauce of De-Stressing

Children get stressed when they experience simple frustrations, such as getting a bad grade, and when big things happen, like when someone they love dies. ...
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