Laurie Kennedy hosted a party at her house last month. Being a gracious host she provided a "large assortment of alcoholic beverages" as well as tables, cups and table tennis balls for beer pong. Cops were called to her house early in the evening, and by 10 p.m. she was on her way to jail, facing 14 separate charges. Now she is facing a possible 14 years in jail and $14,000 in fines. Why? Because the party she hosted was for a bunch of teenagers, and buying booze for teens is not only not cool — it's illegal.Read Full Story
On Feb. 18, 2012, Lori Earp’s 14-year-old daughter, Ashley Long, of Eagle Point, Oregon, went to a party with her girlfriends. What was meant to be a few fun thrills — inhaling helium from a pressurized tank — turned into Ashley’s last moments. Read how her family is trying to warn other parents and kids about the dangers of inhalants.Read Full Story
Not one parent among us is perfect. We all have quirks and downfalls -- and areas in which we are tying to communicate expected behaviors even while not consistently leading by example. One of those areas is often alcohol. With teen drinking and alcoholism a continuing national concern, you want to make sure you aren’t sending a mixed message, even if your children are still toddlers.Read Full Story
You can do it, all right. You can lead by example, have a healthy relationship with alcohol, be firm about boundaries and safety, have open lines of communication in your home and still have issues with alcoholism in the family. Do you and your family need help?Read Full Story
Motherhood is a stressful job. More than one mom has joked, “Now I know why mothers drink!” But is it really a joke? Alcohol use isn’t just an I-had-a-stressful day solution. Its consumption affects safety and also conveys strong messages to your children. Alcohol is a teen drinking issue, and it becomes that long before you have teens. Make sure your alcohol use isn’t sliding into alcoholism.Read Full Story
Lead by example all you want, but teens and alcohol present a challenge. Teen drinking and alcoholism are issues nationwide, and teens continue to be an inquisitive, impulsive and daring lot. It might be time, for everyone’s safety, to lock the liquor cabinet -- or remove alcohol from your home entirely.Read Full Story
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