time to talk

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Puberty is one of the most important stages a child will go through growing up, and it’s crucial for them to be properly informed about what they will experience. Rena Braswell, nurse practitioner at Monroe Pediatrics, explains how to have the talk on puberty with your child and when is the best time to have it.

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On when is the best time to start having conversations on puberty

Lousiana Public Health Institute

On Sex Education In the State

Twenty four states require sex education, thirty eight require sex ed to be approved of by parents. Abstinence+ is a sex education program that emphasizes abstinence, but covers birth control, condoms, healthy relationships, consent and STD information. 

Why Abstinence-plus?

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Sleep is one of the most important 'fuels' our body needs. Dr. Lynn Clark, executive director of the Children's Coalition of Northeast Louisiana, says that engaging with teens about how to get a better hold on their somatic health can positively impact mental and physical health. 

Talking to Your Teens About Sleep

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Many parents are aware of sex trafficking, but think it can never happen to their child. Pamela Samuels Young, attorney-turned-writer and advocate, wants to dispell that myth. "If your child has a cell phone, predators have direct access to them," Young says. 

Misconceptions 

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Drug culture has existed for generations, but is rapidly changing into something parents might not recognize. Jermaine Galloway, drug and alcohol trend expert, says parents might have a harder time connecting with their child because of these generational ideas, but it's not impossible. 

Generational Changes in Drug Culture

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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 

clubs. 

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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.