Parent Up Insights

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 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, …

Read More →

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 …

Read More →

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 …

Read More →

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 …

Read More →

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 …

Read More →

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 …

Read More →

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 …

Read More →

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 …

Read More →

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 …

Read More →

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 …

Read More →

Start Young: 5 Ways to Talk To Your Elementary Aged Child About Alcohol

Read More →

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.

Read More →

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.

Read More →

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. As parents, we know we can’t prevent our children from experiencing stress, but we can be a buffer from stress rather than a creator or cause of stress.

Read More →

Top Apps Parents Should Know About In 2019

As a parent, it can feel impossible to keep up with our children, especially when it comes to apps. Here are some of the top apps you should know about as a parent.

Read More →
Mother comforting her son

What To Do If You Find Out An Adult Is Providing Alcohol

The alarming truth is that kids in the Kansas City Northland rarely get alcohol from retailers; it’s usually from older friends or family. In a survey conducted in 2018, 62.2% of adolescents claimed to have acquired alcohol through a friend, while 41.6% stated that they got alcohol through family members.

Read More →
Sad Drunk Woman on Armchair with Empty Bottles

Alcohol and the Teen Brain

The brain is not fully developed until at least the mid-twenties with the adolescent years being a crucial period in brain development. Learn why teenagers are more vulnerable to alcohol, the impact alcohol has on the teen brain, and what you can do as a parent to prevent underage drinking.

Read More →

Welcome to the Parent Up Blog

At Parent Up, our mission is to prevent underage drinking in the Northland through equipping parents with facts, resources and tools. The aim of our new blog is to provide practical, up-to-date information about parenting from local experts and parents like you.

Read More →
Parent Up Logo

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.