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Alcohol Free Parties

Ask the Experts by Kathy Rager, executive director, CARE

Q:  My 17 year old daughter will be 18 in July and she wants a combination birthday and graduation party.  I know that it is wise to not serve alcohol at teen parties but I am afraid that none of my friends will come.  Alcohol use is legal for adults and I feel that a non alcoholic party punishes me.  I am also concerned that the teens may drink too much and I will get in legal trouble.

A:  I hate to be blunt but ...

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Ask the Experts by Marla K. Ruhana, LMSW

Q -  adore my husband, he treats me very well and I have so much to be grateful for regarding our marriage. We have been married for seven years and we're both in great health, our children are healthy, that said, debated even writing as I've got so much gratitude, it's just that we bicker and get on each other's nerves, how do we stop the petty bickering?

A - We all know the saying, "we only hurt the one's we love" and it seems there is truth to this ...

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Understanding Narcissism

Ask the Experts by Marla K. Ruhana, LMSW

Q: I've just learned that an adult family member of mine may be a narcissist.  Can you tell me more about narcissism?  What causes it? My current understanding is that these types of individuals operate in an adolescent manner. After all these years helping this person, I feel so used, manipulated and not valued...was I so enmeshed that I never realized this?  I was thinking that I needed to go to therapy and couldn't understand what I have ...

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Cigarette and Marijuana Use in Teens

Ask The Expert: Mark Menestrina, MD, Brighton Hospital

Q: I'm a parent of a middle & high school student, it amazes me how some parents still dismiss the use of cigarette use and marijuana by their teens. Some say..."well we did it as teens and survived"..."it's harmless, better than them doing hard core drugs".  On top of it all they don't even seem to be phased that it's ILLEGAL! Why such a nonchalant attitude?  How should I respond to these types of parents to help them get the message ...

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What, the Helmet?!

Ask the Experts by Janet S. Reed, PhD, MHA, ABPP-CN

Q: How can I get my child to wear protective head gear when riding his bike without a fight!

A: The next time your child or teen complains about wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle, skateboard, scooter, or rollerblading, think twice about giving in.  Now that spring and summer are nearly upon us, kids are getting out and becoming active. Approximately 70% of children in the United States ride bicycles, with only about 41% of those riding ...

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