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Parent Resources

Social Work Resources

Here are links to several articles about parenting teens:

General Topics for Parents with Social Media Concerns
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/social-media/age/teens

Parent’s Guide to Teen Depression: Recognizing the Signs of Depression in Teens and How You Can Help
http://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/teen-depression-signs-help.htm

Power Struggles Part I: Are You at War with a Defiant Child?
https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/power-struggles-part-i-are-you-at-war-with-a-defiant-child/

Avoiding Power Struggles with Defiant Children: Declaring Victory is Easier than You Think
https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/avoiding-power-struggles-with-defiant-children-declaring-victory-is-easier-than-you-think/

10 Damaging Myths About Learning Disabilities
http://www.additudemag.com/slideshow/171/slide-1.html

Crystal Sylvia, Social Worker, crystal.sylvia@dc.gov

Student Environments

Check out a great resource to address different issues with a child’s educational and social environment. Common Sense Media provides answers and clips for a variety issues including:
Cyberbulling – Cyberbullying is the use of digital-communication tools (such as the Internet and cell phones) to make another person feel angry, sad, or scared, usually again and again. (Learn about the different roles kids play in a cyberbullying situation.) Examples of cyberbullying include sending hurtful texts or instant messages, posting embarrassing photos or video on social media, and spreading mean rumors online or with cell phones.
Body image – Body image refers to how you feel, act, and think about your body. Your attitude toward your body — and other people’s bodies — is shaped by your community, your family, your culture, and yourself. Television shows, movies, music, and advertising all are part of our popular culture, and what we see, hear, and experience through these forms of media has an effect on how we perceive our bodies, to greater or lesser degrees, depending on the individual.

Substance Abuse

It is important for parents to engage in regular conversations about substance abuse with their teens but for many parents it can be difficult to know what to say or how to address certain issues that arise. Below are two very helpful links that share ways parents can talk about the different topics around marijuana use.

Teens & Weed: Still A Big Deal – A Parent’s Guide to Talk With A Teenager About Marijuana
https://www.prevention.org/Documents/VC_documents/Marijuana_TeensandWeed.pdf

A parent’s guide to preventing underage marijuana use
https://www.dshs.wa.gov/sites/default/files/BHSIA/dbh/documents/Parent%20guide%20to%20MJ%20prevention%20final.pdf