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Drugs & the Developing Brain

Parenting is hard. There is no manual for this gig and it can be overwhelming to navigate difficult stretches with your child. Let me revise that...it can be overwhelming to navigate any stretch with your child - even the good ones! If you are like most parents, you are doing the best you can and are building the plane as you fly it, so to speak. Because every kid (and family) is different, there's no singular formula to raise a healthy adult. Instead, research (and a lot of other peoples' experiences) has given us different methods and procedures that have been proven to be effective when used collectively with other strategies. Love, unconditional positive regard, open communication and attention are just a few of those 'other' strategies that happen to be some of the most powerful ones. But as you raise your child and approach the preteen years, it's time to introduce

Thoughts for Thanksgiving

As the holiday season approaches, we wanted to first and foremost give thanks - for all of the parents and adults out there making a positive impact on the lives of our youth. They are our future and therefore we are thankful for all of the positive influences and role models out there, making our world a better place by shaping our kids. The holiday season often brings many fun, family traditions but sometimes they also provide a dose of stress and chaos. We wish you and yours a happy and healthy holiday! Here are a few things we're thinking about this Thanksgiving... Signs & Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), specifically during the Fall and/or Winter seasons: Feeling sad, down or blue most of the time Low energy Loss of sexual drive and/or interest in things that once brought you joy Oversleeping Feeling sluggish, agitated or uncharacteristically irritable Weight

He’s Coming Out of Hibernation

After a year-long hibernation, students at Wayzata High School will be happy to hear that the bear is making a comeback in the Fall of 2017 for the Uncover the Truth campaign. We never could have anticipated how much students enjoyed the bear series and we are excited he is coming out of hibernation. Partners in Prevention forged a new partnership last year in Wayzata High School with the Compass Program, an experiential professional career studies program for highly motivated juniors and seniors. Three students served as marketing and communications ambassadors for the campaign, developing survey tools, uncovering what communications preferences their fellow students share, and assisting in the integration of the campaign. We are excited to continue our partnership in the Fall of 2017 as reintegrate the bear into the Wayzata High School Community! We are looking for sponsorship for the 2017 Bear Series. For more information, please contact Director Alison Wobschall at

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Partners in Prevention is a community coalition working to prevent and reduce youth substance use. We are nearly all volunteers representing more than twelve different sectors within the community, including: business, civic/volunteer organizations, health care, government, law enforcement, media, other substance abuse organizations, parents, religious organizations, school, youth, and youth-serving organizations. Read More >>

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