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By: Gene Roehlkepartain, Guest Blogger

Alcohol use by teens is sometimes considered a “gateway” to a wide range of other high-risk activities, including premature sexual activity and illegal drug use.

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By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

Admit it. The idea of getting together with your extended family during the holidays always sounds better before you actually do it. Then you all get together and suddenly you wish you were somewhere else! Does this mean that you’re anti-family? No. Anti-social? Unlikely. It just means that you’re like most people. Hanging out with the extended family during the holidays can be taxing if you haven’t prepared for it. Get help >

By: Mary Margaret Reagan-Montiel, Parenting Program Manager at Search Institute

As the end of the year approaches, we (the ParentFurther team) have been reflecting on 2011, sharing the parenting, work, and life lessons that we’ve learned (and earned) this year, and thinking about how we’re going to apply these lessons to our own lives in order to live more intentionally in 2012. In the spirit of new beginnings and learning from each other, it’s time we share a few of our stories with you. Maybe you’ll take a lesson from our little life lessons…and, who knows? Maybe you’ll pass it along…
Here’s to parenting with intention in 2012! Read ParentFurther Program Manager, Mary Margaret’s lesson in living thankfully and being prepared for life’s “what-ifs”.

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

In too many families, there is one very stressed out adult (usually the mom) who is not only doing the bulk of the chores around the house, but also doing most of the holiday preparations—on top of parenting! So, moms, as you’re dashing around with all the last-minute details, remember these tips. Read more >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

The holiday season is about giving, but we often times “get” more than we give. Teach your kids to help others by being generous not only during the holidays, but as they continue to grow—year after year— into empathetic adults. Learn what research says about why giving is important >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

It’s no secret that many people find gift giving stressful, but it doesn’t need to be that way! This year, make gift giving something you enjoy and something that has meaning. Learn how >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

Sometimes getting ready for the holidays can feel more like a mad dash to check off the endless to-do list than the most wonderful time of the year. How do you keep the holiday spirit so that it doesn’t become ho-hum? Find out >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

Both kids and adults find it difficult to focus when we're nervous or excited. The upcoming holidays (and holiday break for kids) can exasperate excitement and cause kids to lose focus at school. Research reveals: there are many things a parent can do to help ease the jitters and help your child succeed in school. Get jitter-taming tips! >

By: ParentFurther Editor, Jennifer Jolly

Have you met Jonah Mowry? The editors here at ParentFurther recently became acquainted with Jonah through YouTube, where he bravely spilled his deepest fears in front of an audience of millions when he revealed his heartbreaking experience with serious depression as a result of the years of bullying he had endured from his peers. Watch Jonah's bullying story below. Warning: video contains disturbing themes and offensive language. Watch Jonah's video >

By: Guest Blogger, Tenessa Gemelke  

Our friend, Tenessa Gemelke, is a silly mom with a goofy sense of style. When she was recently cast on TLC's reality show, What Not to Wear, and made over into a silly mom with fancy style, she seized the opportunity to address a few often-hard-to-talk-about issues like body image and integrity with her seven and four-year-old sons and teenage nieces. Read Tenessa's account of her experience on What Not To Wear. Read more >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain
In schoolyard culture, it goes without saying that lunchtime is rule-exempt. It’s not uncommon for kids to strike up deals with other kids, swapping part of their lunch for another child’s, or for kids to load up on foods they aren’t allowed to have at home. So, what’s a parent to do? Read more >