Parenting Resource Topics include: BUILDING STRONG FAMILY CONNECTIONS, YOUTH SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION, & YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
BUILDING STRONG FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS
Encompass Family Enrichment One of the Encompass core beliefs is that supported families strengthen communities. Our Family Enrichment programs seek to provide resources for parents, caregivers, and siblings of young children to be their best selves and help nurture the growth of the children in their lives.
Guiding Good Choices – For parents of 4th-8th graders. In this five week free course you will learn proven methods to increase communication around substance use and making safe choices for everyone in the family. Classes are provided to parents in both the Riverview and the Snoqualmie School Districts. Please check back in the fall for scheduled dates by visiting our Upcoming Events page here.
Parenting the Love & Logic Way ® – Parenting the Love & Logic Way ®, presented by Molly Jensen, OTR – Independent Facilitator of Parenting the Love & Logic Way ®, is designed to decrease the stress and tension that often occurs when raising children. The six sessions are designed to help parents equip kids with character, compassion, problem solving skills and more! This parenting program is designed to give you practical skills that can be used immediately! Classes are provided to parents in both the Riverview and the Snoqualmie School Districts. Please check back in the fall for scheduled dates by visiting our Upcoming Events page here.
Tips for Adults: How to Connect with Teens – Created by the Riverview Resiliency Team, this list provides parents with concrete ways to connect with teens.
Resources on the WEB
Adverse Childhood Experiences Interview with Dr. Gabor Mate – Dr. Gabor Mate explains why relationships and connecting a caring community are important for the healthy development of kids.
Keep Connected, “Bringing Out the Best in Your Family – This website (and the Keep Connected program in schools and organizations) invites you to explore these kinds of questions and topics for strengthening families. Yes, it includes practical information about what you’ll encounter across the ages and stages of kids growing up, from birth through the teenage years.
Search Institute, “Developmental Relationships” – Search Institute has identified five elements—expressed in 20 specific actions—that make relationships powerful in young people’s lives. Additionally, check out Search Institute’s Blog with additional resources and stories related to staying connected with youth.
YOUTH SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION
Parenting Healthy Children Parents play an important role in the prevention of drug use and other risky behaviors among youth. The Parenting Healthy Children guide outlines ways parents and the community can build stronger connections among each other in a combined effort to reduce substance use among teens. The guide provides suggestions for what parents can do if their child is giving a party or going to a party, tips for raising healthy kids, and other parenting resources.
Parent Liability Parents are the most important influence in a child’s life. Research shows that parents are central to preventing teen drug use. Protect yourself and your children by knowing the facts about substance use.
Snoqualmie Valley Family Pledge – By signing the Family Pledge, parents will be taking an important step in prevention potential problems before they begin. Parents can also inform other parents that they intend to supervise social gatherings in their homes in order to make sure that youth parties and activities are alcohol and drug free.
Take Back Your Meds – Take-Back programs are the only secure and environmentally sound way to dispose of leftover and expired medicines. This site will help you find a medicine Take-Back location near you.
Valley Resources for Healthy Teens Services for Teens in the Snoqualmie Valley and Riverview School District areas.
Resources on the WEB
Links for Parents and Teens Downloadable sheet of website links For Parents and Teens. Websites include information about what parents can do to reduce the risks of substance use, information on how to talk to your child about substance use, and tips for keeping your child drug free.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism – Talk to Your Child about Alcohol This guide is geared toward parents and guardians of young people ages 10-14. This guide provides suggestions for building strong parent-child relationships, understanding your teen’s world, prevention strategies for parents, warning signs of a drinking problem and additional resources.
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids – Includes a Parenting Resource Library which includes eBooks & Guides, How-Tos, Worksheets, Factsheets & Quizzes, and Documentary Films related to substance use prevention. Resources also offered in Spanish.
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: “Brain Development, Teen Behavior and Preventing Drug Use” – There’s reasons teens behave the way they do. Understand how your teen’s brain is developing and why this is so important to preventing drug use.
Preventing Teen Drug Use: Risk Factors & Why Teens Use – Identify whether your child could be at higher risk for drug or alcohol use, and learn common reasons why young people may use.
TEDMED 2018, “What You Should Know About Vaping and E-Cigaretts” – About this TED Talk Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, an expert in youth tobacco use and addiction, was not surprised to see vaping catch on with teens—with sleek designs, thousands of fun flavors to choose from, and a highly customizable user experience, this new way of smoking makes nicotine all the more appealing and addicting to the smartphone generation.
Truth Initiative, “Why Vaping is an Important Issue” Truth Initiative is America’s largest nonprofit public health organization committed to making tobacco use a thing of the past. We give young people the facts about tobacco and the industry behind it, engage individuals and groups to make change in their communities, innovate ways to end tobacco use and join forces with collaborators committed to a tobacco-free future.
Where To Get Help
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: “What Type of Help Do You Need?” – Get the resources you need to help address your son or daughter’s substance use, whether you’ve just discovered it or whether you need a new approach.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHS) – Find state-licensed providers who specialize in treating substance use disorders, addiction, and mental illness.
Washington State Department of Health and Social Services – Provides resources Behavioral Health Services including Youth Services and Mental Health and Addiction.
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
Mental Health First Aid USA – Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues. Snoqualmie Valley Community Network hosts Youth Mental Health First Aid USA classes in both the Riverview and Snoqualmie School District areas. Mental Health First Aid USA classes will be posted on our Upcoming Events page located here.