10 Signs That Your Teen Is Using DrugsWritten by Nicole Brownfield
Did you know that over 75% of teens aged 16-17 report that obtaining marijuana is “easy or fairly easy?” Or that 25% of youths between 12 and 17 say same of crack?
When children start using drugs they usually exhibit many different signs that parents need to watch out for. Unfortunately, many parents often write-off these signs as normal adolescent behavior and as a result they don't realize that their child is into drugs until it is too late. How can you as a parent know for sure whether or not your child is in danger of falling into drugs? Know that every child is in danger of this. Parents who fail to recognize this will stay in this state of denial till their son or daughter is arrested or overdoses -- and by then it is too late. So what should you as parents be looking for as signs that your child is experimenting with drugs or alcohol?
§Dramatic changes in attitude or personality. §New friends who may exert peer pressure on your child. §Problems at school, such as falling grades or increased tardiness. §Increased withdrawal, depression, or secretiveness. §Changes in sleep patterns. §Increased or decreased appetite. §Dilated, red, or glossy eyes. §Escalating verbal or physical abuse. §Dramatic mood swings. §Need for additional money.
Fun With Mind GamesWritten by Steve Gillman
Want a fun way to tune up your brain? Why not use some classic mind games to help you increase your brainpower and get you out of your thinking "ruts." Good mind games habituate you to using creative problem solving as a normal part of thinking about things.
One lateral thinking puzzle you can try right now involves nine dots, layed out three by three. You have to connect them all with four straight lines, and without lifting pen or pencil from paper. Figure this one out and you'll appreciate expression "thinking outside of box."
Mind Games For Groups
Some group mind games are especially good for long trips in a car. For example, someone looks out window and randomly chooses an object. Everyone in car then tries to imagine a new way to make money with it. Street signs become places to advertise, trees are sold with names, and a truck becomes a traveling grocery store.
The "change of perspective" technique can be used as a problem-solving game. Pick any topic, and see who can come up with most unique new perspective. Could there be a world where jobs weren't necessary? How would a virus define morality if it was conscious?