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MN Department of Public Safety guest Heather Darby

As parents, we all worry about threats to our children’s health and safety. And yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading threat to the lives of children under the age of 14 is the ordinary experience of riding in a car. So, what can we do to keep our children…

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child passenger safety guest Heather Darby

One of our most basic responsibilities as parents is to keep our children safe. With car crashes still the leading cause of death for children under 14, that responsibility can feel especially daunting on today’s busy roads. But following best child passenger safety practices makes a huge difference, as this week’s Mom Enough guest, Heather…

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Turning your teen loose with the family car is an anxious moment for most of us parents – and for good reason, given that car accidents are the number one cause of death for people 15 – 19 years of age. But the good news is we have much greater impact on our children’s driving…

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When it comes to drinking, there’s a big disconnect between what kids do and what parents think they do. For example, 1 in 6 teens binge drinks, but only 1 in 100 parents believes his or her child binge drinks. Many parents also are surprised to know how early children experiment with drinking; for example,…

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Research shows that children are much more likely to engage in underage drinking than parents often believe. And pretending it isn’t so just doesn’t work. But research also shows that parents are the biggest influence on children’s decisions about drinking. So, when and how should we talk with our children about alcohol? As this week’s…

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