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Wondering how to help your high school students prepare for their post-secondary future? Be the champion of their future success with these helpful actions. Here are 10 ways you can help your kids develop their interests and prepare for a future that’s fit for their individual selves.

From the American Academy Of Child & Adolescent Psychology, this website offers parents a TON of resources cultivated to help you face the challenges of parenting teens head-on. From common sense apps to treatment resources, you'll find answers to many of the most frequently asked questions here!

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From Focus On The Family, here is a hard-hitting piece about how to make more meaningful connections with your teenager. Hint: Face-to-face time with your son or daughter is more important than excessive screen time. Who knew? 

Transitioning into adulthood can be a strenuous time, but as you move from out-of-home care into self-sufficiency, having the right resources can make the transition much smoother. Use these resources to learn about life skills, education, employment, finances, and other information to help you as you transition out of foster care and on to independence.

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Teen Suicide Prevention

From the PA Parent & Family Alliance

Are you unsure of the signs that someone may be considering suicide? Check out this video from the Mayo Clinic where teens explaining common signs a child who is struggling may exhibit, then read THIS ARTICLE which outlines 10 reasons that teens avoid telling their parents about suicidal thoughts. 

ACES and Youth Mental Health First Aid

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ACEs are Adverse Childhood Experiences, traumatic events that occur before the age of 18. There is a significant relationship between a high ACEs score and  a number of negative outcomes that can impact a person's life. THIS SITE offers tons of information about ACEs, and why it's important for you to know about them. 

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors...and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. Course participants learn about common mental health challenges for youth, adolescent development, and a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

"None of us wants our kids to go through difficulty. Our natural instinct as parents is to cushion our children from pain and keep them from hardship. But our kids won’t escape adversity in life, so they need resilience in order to endure it. Resilience is the ability to respond well to difficulty, pain, and stress. But it isn’t something you’re born with—it’s something you develop."

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"Drinking alcohol undoubtedly is a part of American culture, as are conversations between parents and children about its risks. Alcohol affects people differently at different stages of life—for children and adolescents, alcohol can interfere with normal brain development. Alcohol’s differing effects and parents’ changing role in their children’s lives as they mature and seek greater independence can make talking about alcohol a challenge. Parents may have trouble setting concrete family policies for alcohol use. And they may find it difficult to communicate with children and adolescents about alcohol-related issues". Learn more from THIS ARTICLE . And click on the link above for resources and a guide to helping your kids say "no" to underage drinking and the risks it poses.

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If you have a high school junior who is planning to attend a 2 or 4-year college, you will want to check out this Parent Action Plan from the College Board. BigFuture is designed to help take some of the stress out of the college and career planning process for parents and students. The site features an action plan and timeline for parents of students in grades 9 - 12. Click on the link above if you have an 11th grader, and if you have students in other grades, you can use this link to navigate to the "For Parents" page on BigFuture.