Archive for February, 2013

Growing Up Too Fast

Posted: February 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

Our kids are growing up too fast. It is a scary thing that childhood seems to be shorter and shorter these days. Our kids are growing up before they have the chance to be young. Temptations they shouldn’t have to face until a much older age are facing them when they are too young to know the true impact that their choices will have. 

Did you know one in five Eighth graders has tried alcohol? Eighth graders!! And the age seems to keep on getting younger and younger. And if one in five has tried alcohol, how many have been offered alcohol? How many of our youth are being tempted by things they should not have to deal with yet. And alcohol isn’t the only thing coming their way, kids are exposed to things so much younger, sex and drugs, bullying and violence. And I am not saying our kids are capable of handling these things, they are in many ways, but should they have to? And what can we do to prepare them?

You can talk to them. Seems like a pretty obvious answer sometimes, but it is one we forget to do. And it is so important! MADD created the Power of Parents program to help parents with just this! Sometimes, the only reason we don’t talk about things like alcohol is because we aren’t sure how to start the conversation. So, MADD created a handbook, with conversation starters, reasons kids respect for not drinking, and even some possible barriers to the conversation. The great thing is, while this handbook is alcohol focused, it helps promote better communication overall with teens so you can talk about all of those other things they are facing.

We may not be able to slow down time, or keep our kids from being exposed to too much. But, we can try to help prepare them for the world they live in. It is so different from the one we lived in at that age. Believe it or not, they are listening to you, so don’t be afraid to talk to them. It could be the difference between your eighth grader being the one that did try alcohol or one of the four others who did not!

The 90’s

Posted: February 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

I have to admit, I Love the 90’s. I am pretty sure that some days my inner self still has a crush on Zach Morris and carries around a Lisa Frank pencil pack while wearing my overalls and flannel. I admit to tuning into 90’s on 9 while driving to work some days and can still hear the sound of AOL telling me that I’ve got mail. There are so many fond memories I associate with that time period, so usually when I hear the 90’s that is what comes to mind. This week though, I heard the word 90 and before my mind could take me back to the days of grunge, I found out that this time, 90 was bad, really bad.

90 is the number of people killed in 2012 by alcohol-related crashes on Nebraska’s roadways. 90!! And it could still rise, based on crash reports from the end of the year that aren’t filed yet. The number is nearly double number the 51 alcohol-related deaths in 2011. 90, 90 people whose families are going on without them today, 90 people who were taken too soon because of a 100% preventable crime.

What caused this number to go up? I am not sure. There is still a lot of information to be collected to draw those conclusions. But, in the end does it really matter. 90 people were killed. So, no matter what the cause, we have to find a way to stop it. Because the 90’s are just not where we want to be when it comes to drunk driving deaths.