Drug take back day: Safe drop off locations on April 29

Saturday, April 29, 2017 is National Drug Take Back Day, organized by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and community organizations to collect unused or expired medications in the home. This nation-wide initiative is a community response to drug...

Signs you may be a co-dependent parent

Last week Dr. Jessica Rodriguez, CEO of Gateway Corp in Sacramento and OnSite Strategies in Roseville, delivered a talk on the impact of shame and co-dependency in treating addiction as a family problem to counselors and therapists at Sierra Vista Hospital. Rodriguez...
Why talking about teen marijuana use is so difficult and necessary

Why talking about teen marijuana use is so difficult and necessary

Last Thursday, parents, educators and counselors gathered at Victory High School in Rocklin for a workshop on teen wellness and the risks of marijuana use by youth. Open to the public, this event was co-sponsored by the Coalition for Placer Youth, Wellness Together,...
Conversation tips about drugs, alcohol and addiction for tech-savvy kids

Conversation tips about drugs, alcohol and addiction for tech-savvy kids

Last Tuesday evening, St. Joseph Marello Catholic Church hosted a parent information and training event on “fearless communication about drugs, alcohol and addictions.” Dan Britton, Youth Pastor at Crossroads Church in Rocklin, and  author of Fearless Communication:...
The power of a parent in responding to adolescence and youth addiction

The power of a parent in responding to adolescence and youth addiction

Soon after Banana Moments went on-line circa 2009, I was contacted by a mother in Florida who was seeking support in parenting a teenager in recovery from oxycontin addiction. She told me that she  could find nothing to meet her need until she came across my website....

Simple steps to teach your child to be cyber-safe with texting and social media

Cyber Safety for Families with Joanna and Jodie on 103.9FM The Fish Family Morning Show Parenting and growing up is complicated by internet connectivity. Kids are equipped with devices as young as eight years old and they are tech savvy, but not wise to the ways of...