Raising Drug Free Kids

Kids who learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are significantly less likely to use drugs. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids offers tools for parents to use when talking to their kids about drugs and ten practical steps to take if a child is using drugs. In addition, the website provides a comprehensive list of signs to look for, including behavioral clues, changes in personal habits, health issues and problems at school.

For more information and resources, visit www.DrugFree.org or call the Helpline at (855) 378-4373.

Information courtesy of: www.DrugFree.org

Helping Kids Understand PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can affect anyone who has experienced a traumatic and life-changing event including military combat, sexual assault, a physical attack or a natural disaster. Individuals with PTSD often relive their trauma through flashbacks and nightmares or disturbing thoughts, sometimes feeling detached, numb, irritable or aggressive. Understanding a family member with PTSD can be especially difficult for children. Here are two books that can help begin the conversation:

Why Is Dad So Mad? By Seth Kastle, is a children’s book about a military family whose father battles with combat-related PTSD. The moral of the story is that even though Dad gets angry and yells, he still loves his family more than anything.

Check your local library or search online.

Why Are You So Scared? By Beth Andrews, is a children’s book that explains PTSD in a kid-friendly way, and has exercises that kids and parents can work through together.

Check your local library or search online.