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The Brain Team Turns ONE!

It’s hard to believe that this time last year we had just relaunched Ask, Listen, Learn with a massive suite of new brain-related content. Before our 2016 launch day, Ask, Listen, Learn had enjoyed over a decade of success as the most highly distributed program of its kind. Underage drinking remains at an all-time low yet, to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of education, we set out to create new content focused on two things: technology and brain science.

We wanted to produce cutting edge digital content, focus on the facts, and keep kids interested and entertained. We developed a comprehensive series of animated videos with corresponding lesson plans designed to teach kids about what the brain does, what alcohol does to it, and what THAT does to them.

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A Safe Halloween is the Best Treat

For parents of young children, Halloween safety means adding reflective tape to costumes, reviewing the rules about not going into a stranger’s house, and checking candy for signs of tampering.

As they enter middle school and start testing boundaries, we need to talk about appropriate costumes, tricks and pranks that are not so funny, and the challenges awaiting them at parties.

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4 questions about alcohol and how to answer them

As a parent, it’s important to feel comfortable talking to your child about alcohol, and that in return, they feel comfortable coming to you with their questions and concerns. Being prepared to answer some common questions can help you feel more confident about having conversations about alcohol and underage drinking as they grow! Here are some of the questions that come up often—and ways to answer them in ways that resonate well with tweens.

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Help your kids say NO

As your budding adolescents get older, the chances that they will be exposed to alcohol increase. It’s almost inevitable that at some point your children will have to make the choice to say YES or NO to alcohol. They may be taken by surprise when put in this situation. They may be trying hard to fit in with a cool crowd and have trouble thinking up good responses from scratch. That’s why they need to have some answers at the ready, and why having conversations about saying NO are so important.

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Welcome Back to School with Simone Biles!

Back to school is a season full of energy, excitement, and change. It can also be a little nerve racking—for parents, kids AND educators too! We all want to have the best experiences and surround ourselves with the people who will support as us as we work towards our goals.

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It Takes a Village: The Support System is Vital

One universal truth is that friendship has the potential to make life sweeter. And it takes a village to raise your child. Sopmetimes, this support system comes virtually–in the form of social media and online support.

What I want to dig into today is how does the need for friendship work in your modern—quite busy—village, and what impact—good or bad—does social media have on friendship goals for both you and for your kids.

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