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7 Tips for talking about drugs and alcohol with kids

It can be intimidating to talk with our kids about smoking, vaping, drinking or misusing prescription medications. Here are some ways to establish trust (and make it less awkward). It’s hard enough to get a response from our kids when we ask how their day went, so the prospect of starting a conversation with them […]

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FlapJacked: How this Denver mom's special-needs son led her to start a successful company

Yes, it’s true. A local mom named Jennifer Bacon did, indeed, start a Denver-based company named FlapJacked which makes high-protein, macro-friendly indulgences that satisfy cravings and keep you on track with your fitness goals…and are easily available in King Soopers, Walmart, GNC and Safeway in Colorado.  Their family is a melting pot full of challenges that they hurdle daily. Their five children […]

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Free Family Support in the Denver area!

Do you ever wish kids came with a manual? Turns out, they kind of do! Family Tree SafeCare® works with parents and caregivers to provide them with information and skills they can use on a daily basis as their children grow. Family Tree is a non-profit organization with a mission to help people overcome child […]

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Pot clubs coming to a community near you?

Colorado just took a big step towards more public marijuana use but your local community can still prevent it. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis late last month signed into law House Bill 19-1230, which allows adults to consume marijuana in public places like pot clubs, tasting rooms, restaurants, hotel lounges and tour buses. Polis’s predecessor, former […]

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Are Screens Making us Blind? Do this Eye Boot Camp!

If you cross your eyes for too long, they will not get stuck that way and staring at screens will not make you blind, but it may have a very adverse effect. A recent study from the Journal of Experimental Eye Research showed that children under the age of twenty-three are developing myopia or near-sightedness […]

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Governor Polis Signs Bill to Fill Gaps in our Mental Health System for Colorado Kids

Colorado youth are in crisis and on Thursday, the governor did something about it. Governor Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 19-195 into law at a ceremony held at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora. The bipartisan bill (Sens. Fields/Gardner and Reps. Froelich/Landgraf) addresses Colorado’s youth mental health crisis in part by providing high-quality, standardized screening and […]

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More mental health staff and less law enforcement at our schools?

A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) finds that an overwhelming number of K-12 schools across the nation experience scarcity in school-based mental health personnel and a surplus of law enforcement personnel. The report finds that this stark contrast contributes to the over-criminalization of black, Latino and Native American students and harms students who need mental health supports. During the […]

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