Category Archives: Legal

Intimate Partner Abuse and Teen Dating Violence Risk Factors and Interventions

Expanding Our Understanding of Dating Abuse and Violence In an article called “INTIMATE PARTNER SEXUAL ABUSE:  Who Are the Victims, What Are the Risks? Adults, Teens, and Children” published in the judicial periodical The Judge’s Journal last year, author Lynn Hecht Shafran addresses a serious problem in our society: sexual violence between people who are […]

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My Teen Got a DUI: What Do I Do?

  Emotional Health, Criminal Liability, and Future Opportunity When your teen gets arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it’s a big deal. It’s a very, very, big deal. In some cases, it’s a one-off mistake. Poor decision-making and peer pressure may be the primary factors. In other cases, it’s a clear […]

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Underage DUI in Arizona: Laws and Consequences

What Happens if My Teen Gets a DUI in Arizona? As the parent of a teen, you have a lot on your plate. If your teenager gets their driver’s license when they turn 16, you have one more thing to think about, in addition to all the costs related to owning another car. It’s something […]

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The Consequences of Underage DUI in the State of Texas

What Happens if My Teen Gets a DUIA or DWI in Texas? As the parent of a teen, you have a lot to think about. When your teen turns 16 and starts driving, you have one more thing to add to the list – and this new item is not related to the costs associated […]

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The Consequences of Underage DUI in the State of Washington

What Happens if My Teen Gets a DUI in Washington? When your teenager turns sixteen, it’s a big deal. For them, it’s an important milestone. It means they’re one step closer to graduation, one year closer to adulthood, and it’s the year when – if they’ve planned well and earned the privilege – they get […]

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Drugged Driving Rivals Dangers of Drunk Driving

Drugged driving doesn’t get as much national attention as drunk driving, but it’s every bit as dangerous. Like alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs impair teens’ ability to drive safely and are part of the reason motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death among young people. Experts warn that legalization may make the problem […]

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What Parents Need to Know About Wax, Dabbing, and Vaping Marijuana

This is Not the Marijuana Hippies Smoked at Woodstock After alcohol and tobacco, marijuana is the most commonly used and abused drug among teenagers in the United States. Teen marijuana use became widespread in the 70s, dipped in the 80s, and steadily increased through the 90s, the 2000s, and 2010s. When marijuana vaping products became […]

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What Is an IEP/504 Plan and How Will It Help My Teen?

Academic issues often go hand in hand with behavioral problems. Studies show that teens with ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), conduct disorder (CD), disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD), alcohol/substance use disorder (ADU/SUD), or other mental health issues often have trouble in school. They may have a hard time sitting still or paying attention during class. […]

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

This month is Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM). CAPM is organized and promoted by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (AYCF), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Mayo Clinic defines child abuse as “any intentional harm or mistreatment to a child under 18”. This can include physical […]

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How to Parent a Young Activist

by Toby LaPlant Political engagement isn’t just for people above the voting age. Some of the most vocal and respected leaders of efforts to change public policy on education, climate change, LGBTQ rights, and more are people in their teens. Young people like Malala Yousafzai, Greta Thunberg, and Gavin Grimm have addressed governments, organized protests, […]

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