Time to Talk

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Parents and professionals need timely education on the laws, science, society, and culture that children are up against everyday.

Time to Talk brings you accurate and appropriate information from state and local experts about issues that affect children, so that you can understand and communicate with and about them.

Through this segment, you'll develop a sophisticated understanding of the issues faced by youth today and be encouraged to confidently discuss tough topics that face our children.

Time to Talk is produced with the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana and BayouLife Magazine.

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Giving Your Child a Voice Through Advocacy

Feb 18, 2019

Child advocacy is speaking out for the best interest of children. Jan Daniels, youth development coordinator of Children's Coalition of Northeast Louisiana, discusses how to be an advocate for children and why it is important. 

When To Be an Advocate for Children

Jan Daniels describes advocacy as speaking out for children in the face of obstacles like bullying and strained relationships with authority figures, such as coaches and teachers. Children can run into these problems at school, after-school programs and extracurricular 


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Mental health is an important aspect of an adult’s overall well-being, but what about with children? Tammy Washington, healthy living coordinator at The Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, says that mindfulness helps children learn to self-regulate better. 

On what mindfulness is

Mindfulness is a tool that assists children with self-regulation. Mindfulness will provide strategies for training their attention and helping them to focus on the present moment purposefully.

Monitoring Child Safety Online To Prevent Bullying

Oct 18, 2018
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It's hard to pinpoint exactly who your child may or may not be communicating with on the internet. Online harassment is becoming one of leading causes of self-harm and suicide in teens. Rhonda Winbush, community outreach specialist at United HealthCare, says parents need to monitor what their children are doing online.

On the most common misconceptions about cyber bullying

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Car seats diminish the risk of car-related deaths by 71%. Cynthia Cage, child car safety expert at the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana says in order to ensure that the risk of death is diminished, children must be in a car seat that accomodates their height and weight regardless of age. 

On selecting the right car seat and transitioning from car seats to booster seats

Taking The Wheel On Teen Drunk Driving

Sep 5, 2018
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Navigating teen drunk driving is a task that most parents are aware of, but not prepared to face. Michael Reichardt, public information officer for Louisiana State Police Troop F, says that it's best to talk out the issue instead of letting tempers flare. One DWI can follow a teen for an entire lifetime and affect their social life and academic career. 

On  the effects of alcohol on teen physiology

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Parenthood isn't easy, but teen parenthood comes with a unique set of issues. Antoinette Hoard, Early Head Start director at the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, says that teen parents can go on to live productive lives after giving birth and the Children's Coalition is a community resource that can help.

On the impact of teen pregnancy on early childhood development and the effects that teen pregnancy could have on the growth and development of babies

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On the social impact of binge drinking and some of the social causes

One of the major indicators of why kids choose to partake in binge drinking (four or more drinks in one sitting for a woman and five or more drinks in one sitting for a man) is peer influence.  Whether they’re doing it to be a part of a social group or gain [entry] into a social group, a lot of that decision-making comes from what their peers are doing.

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Although teen pregnancy rates are declining, Louisiana still ranks 44th in the nation. Parishes in Northeast Louisiana are among the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state.  Linda Hunt, nurse clinical case manager for AETNA Better Health, discusses common misconceptions about teen mothers and how they can manage their health throughout their pregnancies. 

On the changes in teen pregnancy data in Louisiana and potential health risks

Teens Unaware of Long-Term Effects of Binge Drinking

Jul 17, 2018
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Drinking is not uncommon among teens, but it's not common for them to know the impact that binge drinking can have on their personal lives and health. Emily Thibodeaux, substance abuse counselor at Louisiana Tech University, encourages parents to not only talk to teens about binge drinking, but also understand why they may be engaging in that behavior. 

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On what the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) is

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) is a research study by the American health maintenance organization Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a hypothesis and a study that helps us understand how early childhood experiences can affect our health later on in life. 

On how ACEs can inspire action in Northeast Louisiana