Share Your End-of-life Plan

It is not enough to have an end-of-life care plan, that plan needs to be communicated with family members and the healthcare team. Canadian researchers found that although most participants had discussed their plans with family, only one-third had communicated the plan with their family doctor, and even fewer with a specialist. In this study,…

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Family Connectedness

Adolescent risk behaviors have been a focus of research for many years as scientists try to understand what influences are important, and what can be done to prevent risks.One focus of recent literature is the impact of family connectedness on teenage health.Research tells us that family connectedness has a positive influence on adolescent risk behaviors…

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Parental Connectedness: Effects of Good Parenting

This is the tenth and final post in a series of blogs about the benefits of connectedness between parents and children.A research report in 2005, from the journal known as Current Opinion in Pediatrics, explored different parenting practices and how they influence risky behaviors among youth. Researchers reviewed an abundant amount of literature on parenting and…

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Benefits of Parental Monitoring-3: Teenagers

This is the third in a series of blogs about the benefits of parental supervision.Parental monitoring is an effective method of preventing your kids from engaging in high risk behaviors. But, this isn’t just about parents monitoring and communication. This fact should send a message to grandparents, aunts, uncles and caring family friends that their…

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Benefits of Parental Monitoring-2: Kids with Type 1 Diabetes

This is the second in a series of blogs about the benefits of parental monitoring. The first blog looked at how monitoring kids with Type 1 diabetes helps them stick to their treatment schedule.

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Can a Great Relationship with My Child Reduce Risky Behaviors?

Today's kids face a ton of risks. Their choices are tough, including issues like drugs and other substances, teenage pregnancy, and what to look at on the Internet. The temptations for kids can be overwhelming. So, parents keep asking themselves, "What can I do to help my child make smart choices?"The answer? You can do…

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