ParenTEENS - Parenting Resources
by Donna Nahlik, Chestnut Health Systems
Being a parent wonderful. It is the most rewarding thing a person will ever do. However…parenting is hard. Like…24 hours a day…7 days a week…52 weeks a year…for more than 18 years kind of hard, right? And…as hard as it is when they are little…it is even harder when they reach…the TEEN YEARS! We’re tired a lot when they are little because of nighttime feedings, diaper changes, and bad dreams. Little ones…need constant supervision…throw temper tantrums…and make us worry about being able to save enough money for college. When they hit the teen years, they may not need constant supervision, but we worry about where they are when they are not with us. Teens may not lay on the floor kicking their feet in a full blown temper tantrum, but the mood swings and sassy attitude displayed by some teens is just as frustrating. As for being worried about saving enough for college…well…that doesn’t end until the youngest one graduates. Hmmm…see what I mean?
If you are the parent of a teenager, you are not in it alone. There are a ton of online resources that can help with general information about how to handle teen issues. Here are a few resources to consider:
www.kidshealth.org (general information for teens and parents)
www.webmd.com (general information)
www.theantidrug.com (drug and alcohol prevention)
www.timetotalk.org (drug and alcohol prevention)
www.drugfree.org (drugs and alcohol)
www.samhsa.gov (substance use and mental health)
www.abovetheinfluence.com (drugs and alcohol)
www.nida.nih.gov (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
If you need more than just general information and would like to speak with someone regarding specific concerns about a young person in crisis, please call Chestnut Health Systems at 618.288.3100.
*NOTE…Please see a qualified health professional if you have concerns about your child’s health and welfare. Online resources are a great way to get information but should never be used as a replacement for personal contact regarding specific issues.