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Asleep on Their Feet

If you have a teenager, you know what I mean. Most teens don’t get to bed until late and have to get up way too early for school. They are like zombies in the morning. It not only affects their …

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Free Thursday Night Dinner – Come join us!

  Did you know that children who eat dinner with their families 3 or more times a week are 33% less likely to engage in underage drinking? The Middletown Cares Coalition is hosting a “Thursday Night Family Dinner” on Thursday, …

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Resilient Kids – A Must

Raising a child in today’s world is not easy. This is especially true when you have to deal with a traumatic event. We, as parents, must teach our children to be resilient; able to handle adverse situations. They will face …

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TEACHABLE MOMENTS – MARIJUANA

This week presents a wonderful opportunity for a teachable moment you can have with your teen regarding marijuana. Why, you ask? Well this Wednesday is April 20th or 4-20. That is a significant date to marijuana users. It is a …

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Have you been “Brain Hacked”?

You ever walk into a Starbucks , a restaurant, a store or anywhere for that matter and see the majority of people staring intently at their phones? Did you ever wonder why they do this? Well, the tech world is …

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Did You Have The Marijuana Talk With Your Teen Yet?

With all the mixed messages out there concerning marijuana, it’s no wonder why parents don’t feel comfortable talking about it with their teens. Well,this article is a great place to start. It simple and straightforward and hopefully will help you …

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WHY PLAYING WITH YOUR FOOD IS A GOOD THING!

How many times did your mother say to you “Don’t play with your food” ? Well, what we thought was a bad thing can indeed be a good thing when we are trying to get our children to eat different …

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Did you know…

Prescription drug abuse especially opioids like Oxycodone and Vicodin has skyrocketed over the past few years.  Why is the question that many people ask and the answer is pretty simple. The drug manufacturers pushed these pain killers as the new …

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Middletown Cares Coalition Goes to Washington

CADCA 2017 Leadership Conference was held February 5-8.  Members of the Middletown Cares Coalition Leadership team attended…come to the March 9th Coalition meeting at 6:00pm, Middletown City Hall, 16 James Street,  to learn more.

The State of Substance Abuse Among Teens – 2016

Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health, discusses findings from the 42nd annual Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey, released December 13, 2016. The survey focuses on drug use and …

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Tobacco – a deadly business

If you haven’t heard, the rise in use of e-cigarettes and vapes has created an uptick in young people smoking tobacco products. E-cigarettes are sorta like a bike with training wheels and so it is inevitable that some of these …

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Talking to Your Teen About Marijuana

With the ever changing landscape surrounding marijuana use, we as parents must be able to talk with our teens about marijuana in an educated way that can effectively answer those questions they will inevitably pose like “It’s natural so how …

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Fentanyl – a deadly alternative to Heroin

The opiate crisis has created the need for cheaper drugs that mimic their more expensive counterparts like Oxycontin or Vicodin. By now, we all know that once an individual gets addicted to a prescription opiate, the cost of those pills …

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IS SOCIAL MEDIA ON A DOWNSWING?

In this age of technology, social media has, for the most part, replaced face to face communication for young people. Teens are on their smartphones 24/7, posting, checking their “likes”, taking photos, etc. In fact, you could go into a …

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DO YOU DREAD “BACK TO SCHOOL” TIME?

For many parents, this time of year is filled with angst. The summer is over and now the struggle begins We must rein our children back in from there “freefall summer” and put them into a structured environment. Not an …

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HELPING YOUR CHILD NAVIGATE THROUGH THEIR TWEEN AND TEEN YEARS.

Raising a child today can be exasperating, to say the least. As they grow into their tween and teen years, they go through a series of phases which we, as parents,must navigate through with them. It is important to know …

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