Monthly Archives: December 2015

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Having Substance-Free Fun During the Holidays

During the holidays, it can be difficult for some children and teens to get away from the temptations of drugs and alcohol. There are always ways to keep busy and happy without including those unhealthy habits. To keep the holiday spirit alive, some families like to get together and do things such as bake cookies, listen to music, do crafts or play board games. Others may go to a dance class with a friend, make a new tradition, enjoy the light displays or get a bite to eat. There is almost always something going on in the community as well, that would be useful for all ages. Whatever you plan to do over this holiday season, make sure it is healthy and safe, and know there is always fun to be had! When I am spending time with my family, one of my favorite things to do is bake cookies ...
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New Year's Eve 2016!

New Year’s Eve Fun!

New Year’s Eve is a great time to reflect on the past year, think about the new year and just plain have fun. Here are some ideas for things to do while you’re waiting for that stroke of midnight: Talk about this past year. What are you thankful for? Go back over all the amazing things you did and congratulate yourself for all you accomplished. What are you most proud of that you did? What was your biggest lesson learned? Plan next year. What do you plan to do during the year What vacations would you like to take? What activities would you like to do? What new sport, craft, language would you like to learn? What unusual thing do you hope happens next year? Predict next year. Can you think of any goofy things you think might happen next year? Get out those family games! Now is a great ...
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Social Hosting

Social Hosting Ordinance – What does it mean?

What do you think of adults being held responsible for hosting a party for underage youth? What if the adult was upstairs sleeping? What if they just weren't home? Should parents still be accountable for youth drinking alcohol in their home? A social hosting ordinance says yes to all of the above. Parents and adults should be responsible regardless of whether they had knowledge of a party with underage drinkers at their home. The City of Rainier adopted a Social Host Ordinance in 2012 to add another layer of accountability for parents to know what activities their children are engaged in and who they are with. The reality is, it can be challenging to effectively monitor your child, but this ordinance states it is ultimately parents' responsibility to do just that if we hope to ensure kids make wise and healthy decisions. Here's a summary of what the Rainier ordinance ...
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December 2015

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