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Press Releases: The Importance of Family Dinners IV

New York, NY, September 20, 2007 - Compared to teens who have frequent family dinners (five or more per week), those who have infrequent family dinners (two or fewer) are three and a half times likelier to have abused prescription drugs; three and a half times likelier to have used an illegal drug other than marijuana or prescription drugs; three times likelier to have used marijuana; more than two and a half times likelier to have used tobacco; and one and a half times likelier to have drunk alcohol, according to a new report by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University and sponsored by The Safeway Foundation.

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The Power of Parenting
Whether you’re cooking a gourmet meal, ordering food from your favorite take-out place or eating on the go, rest assured that what your kids really want during dinnertime is YOU! Family meals are the perfect time to talk to your kids and to listen to what’s on their mind. The communication that occurs over the course of a meal is critical in building a relationship between you and your kids and it helps you understand the challenges they face.

Did you know that eating dinner frequently with your children and teens reduces their risk of substance abuse?

Research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA)* at Columbia University consistently finds that the more often children eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs.

CASA created Family DayA Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children in 2001, as a national movement that encourages parents to frequently eat dinner with their kids and be involved in their children’s lives as simple, effective ways to reduce substance abuse among children and teens. Family Day is celebrated on the fourth Monday in September.

Family Day is not just for families. It is a day for all to celebrate, including businesses, unions, religious organizations and community groups. The symbolic act of regular family meals should be promoted and celebrated inside and outside the home throughout the year.

Other Steps You Can Take to Help Prevent Your Kids From Abusing Substances

Regular family dinners aren’t the only way to help keep your kids substance free. Here are some other important things you can do: 

  • Set a good example.
  • Know your child’s whereabouts, activities and friends. 
  • Set fair rules and hold your child to them.
  • Maintain open lines of communication.
  • Surround your child with positive role models.
  • Learn the signs and symptoms of teen substance abuse and conditions that increase risk.



Lifetime Memories for our Children

Adapted from Dr. Anthony P. Witham

            I will…

            Pause with my child-----when others hurry by.

            Walk with my child-----when others are running.

            Smile with my child-----when others can find only frowns.

            Listen to my child-----when others appear preoccupied.

            Praise my child-----when others fail to sense the power of touch.

            Read with my child-----when others prefer television.

            Learn from my child-----when others have forsaken curiosity.

            Play with my child-----when others prefer being entertained.

            Discipline my child-----when others fail to establish limits.

            Apologize to my child-----when others pretend perfection.

            Pray with my child-----when others have lost faith.

            Dream with my child-----when others have become too cynical.



Is Your Family Prepared?

Unfortunately, emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. While no one can anticipate every scenario, there are some basic things families can do to be better prepared. Here are some tips on emergency preparedness from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s website:

  • Get a kit—Put together a kit of emergency supplies that will allow you and your family to survive for at least three days. The kit should include basic items like water, nonperishable food, a battery-powered radio, a flashlight, extra batteries, and a first aid kit. Get a complete list of recommended supplies.

  • Make a plan—Plan in advance what you and your family will do in an emergency. Develop a communications plan and know your options for both staying put and evacuating. Ask about the emergency plans of your children’s schools, your place of work, and other key locations.

  • Be informed—Learn about the potential man-made and natural threats that could affect your community, as well as the appropriate responses to them. Seek information about state and local emergency plans.

  • Get involved—After preparing yourself and your family for possible emergencies, take the next step: Get training in first aid and emergency response and get involved in preparing your community. Learn more from Citizen Corps.

Finally, talk to your kids about emergencies. Visit as a family to start conversations with your children about their fears and the things they should know and can do in case of emergency.

September is National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. PTA is proud to be a member of the National Preparedness Month 2007 Coalition and to help promote the safety of all children and families.


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Party 101: Consequences is a project of the Texas PTA and Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT).  Their goal is to save lives by educating teens, their families, and their educators about the negative fallout from drinking.  We must take action now to protect our young people and stem the tide of alcohol-related deaths among young people in Texas.  We hope to reach every teen, their parents, and their educators.

 PTA will mail a Party 101 DVD to any family in Texas that requests onePlease use this link to request your free copy now.

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Take a look through the following categories within Parent Resources and learn about new ways you make a difference in your child's life.

School Care for Kids with Diabetes

A growing number of children and adolescents have diabetes and require care at school to ward off serious short- and long-term complications. In an effort to ensure that students with diabetes are safe and healthy at school, PTA passed an important resolution at the 2006 National PTA Convention: Recognition and Care of School-Age Children with Diabetes. The resolution sets out a best practices model for school diabetes care, urging that all school personnel receive general training on diabetes and that every school have at least two staff members trained to perform essential diabetes care.

Every November, during American Diabetes Month, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) works to increase public awareness about the seriousness of diabetes and the risks associated with this disease. Health chairs and other local PTA leaders are encouraged to make their members and school administrators aware of the resources ADA has created to enable parents, school nurses, teachers, and other school staff members to provide necessary care to children with diabetes and effect needed policy changes.

Source: PTA Local Leader News Wednesday, October 17th, 2006

What You Can Do to Stop Bullying

“Childhood bullying is a significant problem nationwide,” says Paula F. Goldberg, executive director of PACER (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) Center. “It can cause school absenteeism, mental and physical stress, poor school performance, poor self-esteem, and, in some cases, school violence. Statistics show that 160,000 children in the United States miss school each day as a result of being bullied. That’s not acceptable.”

“Teachers and parents can play a critical role in creating a climate where bullying is not tolerated,” adds Goldberg. “When adults and children stand together, bullying ends.” Therefore, school communities are invited to observe National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week, October 22–28. Share the resources available at to help educate your community about bullying prevention. The website features resources for parents as well as interactive activities for 2nd- through 6th-graders.

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week is organized by PACER Center’s National Center for Bullying Prevention and cosponsored by PTA, the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education, and the National Education Association.

Source: PTA Local Leader News Wednesday, October 17th, 2006

Additional School Safety Resources

Schools should be safe, nurturing places that contribute to student learning. Below are several resources that will help you collaborate with school administrators, teachers, parents, and students in improving your school’s safety. Launch your efforts now in observance of the National Crime Prevention Council’s Crime Prevention Month.

  • The Department of Health and Human Services’ Stop Bullying Now! campaign helps educate children and adults about bullying and bullying prevention. Share with your PTA the reproducible handouts available on the campaign website.

  • The National Crime Prevention Council’s School Safety and Security Toolkit, part of the Be Safe and Sound campaign, helps school groups asses the safety of their school facilities, and then walks them through a planning process to fix any problems they find.

  • The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Duracell have created the Power of Parents program, which helps dispel the most common safety myths and reminds families of the importance of keeping up-to-date photos of their children.

  • The Parent Resources section of the PTA website provides a collection of articles on keeping kids safe.            Source: PTA Local Leader News - October 17th, 2006

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      Watch your tongue! People judge you primarily by the way you speak. You can only go so far if you look good, but sound bad. The Cuss Control Academy has two purposes:

        1. To increase awareness of the negative impact bad language has on society and on individuals who swear too frequently or inappropriately.

        2. To help individuals and groups eliminate or reduce their use of profanity, vulgarity and offensive slang.

      The Academy is not motivated by or affiliated with any religion.

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