Having resilience skills can help your teen deal with adverslty of all types. Learn more in this Resilience Guide for Parents & Teachers from the American Psycological Association.
Talk early. Talk often. Learn How. Studies show that kids in west and southwest Michigan are experimenting with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs as early as age twelve. The sooner you talk, the easier it is to keep the line of communication open with your children. This site has links to helpful resources, techniques, and conversation starters. Visit TalkSooner.org for resources that can help you have these discussions with your teens.
The Ottawa County website offers many online resources including Parks & Recreation, Employment Opportunities, a link to Michigan Works!, Community Health and much more.