February 05, 2009 —
February may only have 28 days, but if you live in an area that gets cold, dreary weather during the winter, it can feel like the longest month of the year. It's hard not to get bored during the short days, but it's important to try to find ways that you and your teens can stay active. Especially because, according to a study released by Columbia University some years ago, bored kids are more likely to turn to substance abuse. With that in mind, here are a few tips to help you and your children avoid the winter boredom.
For Your Teens:
- Put down the video games and get back to basics
- Someone has to be the next Hannah Montana
And For You!
- Be an educator and an advocate
Making sure our children and teens are active in activities that make them happy is one of the best ways we can help prevent substance abuse problems, including a problem with cough medicine abuse. Do you have other suggestions to pass the time with your teens? Share them with us in our Gather community.