2018-19 After the Bell Program Starts September 10th

For the 2018-19 school year, the “After the Bell” program will begin on Monday, September 10, 2018.  This free program is available for all middle school students whether they attend public or parochial school from 3:05 – 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday in Room 118 (enter the school through Door 14) at the Prairie River […]

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Know! Social Media is Bringing Our Teens Down

According to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there was a 33% increase in the number of teens experiencing depression, a 23% rise in teen suicide attempts, and a 31% surge in the number of teens who died by suicide in the five years between 2010 to 2015. Find out more […]

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How Much Is TOO Much? Overindulging Your Teen

According to the authors of How Much is Enough?, overindulgence is doing or having so much of something that it does active harm or at least stagnates and deprives that person from achieving their full potential.  Overindulging or providing too much of a good thing (whether it is over-buying or over-nurturing or over-helping) takes away […]

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5 Things I Do Differently at Holidays with Teens

As the holiday season is rapidly approaching, some of us might be feeling a bit overwhelmed by the length of our “to-do” list. While this feeling is common, it is also important to examine why the holidays are a great opportunity to bond with your teen. Today’s Parenthetical post provides a few quick tips on how to […]

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Injury Data Fact Sheets

The Children’s Safety Network (CSN) has released state-by-state injury data fact sheets for 2016 that contain analyses of childhood injury fatalities and hospitalizations. Each sheet includes a description of the intent, mechanisms, incidence, and rates of hospital-admitted injury; a summary of the top five leading causes of injury fatalities and hospitalizations; and information on the […]

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Fighting the fair fight: How to constructively disagree with your teen

Occasional fights and disagreements with your teen are pretty much the norm for most families. So, what is the best way for parents to approach conflicts with their teens without letting them develop into a full scale power struggle or all out war? This week’s Parenthetical post provides some suggestions that can help make dealing with […]

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Can Pokémon Go play a role in positive parenting?

Whether you’ve simply been looking out your front window or following the news, you’ve likely witnessed the rise in popularity of Pokémon Go. The new app, a treasure hunt for animated characters within a player’s own real world surroundings, is getting plenty of media attention. Nineteen days after its release, Pokémon Go had been downloaded […]

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