The Choices Matter website was created to help parents from the Lake Forest, Lake Bluff and Knollwood communities in Illinois.   The format for this website is to describe a scenario, provide suggestions for parents to consider and questions for parents to discuss with their children.  The information presented here is intended as an idea generator for parents to consider in their parenting style.  The content of this site was created with input from community parents, counselors, social workers, law enforcement, and school administrators.   These are recommendations are not absolutes.  Please practice the saying, “Take what works for you and leave the rest” when reading the content.

When Should I Allow My Child to...

Stay Home Alone

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Go Downtown After School

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Hang out at the Rec Center

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Go to CROYA

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Go to Chicago

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Go to Lollapalooza

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Go to July 4th Fireworks

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Go to the July 4th Parade

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Ride the train

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Go to the Beach Alone

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Go to a LFHS Game

Go to a LFHS Game

Go to LFHS Prom

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Go to the LFHS Homecoming Dance

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Specific Recommendations for Handling:

Parenting children is tough.  Parenting teenagers can be confusing.  As they develops their own ideas and independence, it is easy for parents to become uncertain about how to handle some situations.  The ideas listed below are situations we repeatedly hear parents struggling to figure out.  For this section, we asked professionals who work in our communities, with our children, to provide their recommendations.  These recommendations are based on what our children are telling counselors, social workers and mental health care professionals in our community.  As with this whole website, please take what works for you and leave the rest.

Sleep

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Mental Health Days

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Downtime

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Mobile Devices

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Consequences

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LFHS Social Workers Suggestions for Parents

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Teaching Children about Prescription Medication, Drugs and Alcohol

Prescription Medication, Drugs and Alcohol  – How to talk to your kids at all ages.

Conversations are one of the most powerful tools parents can use to connect with — and protect — their kids. But, when tackling some of life’s tougher topics, especially those about drugs and alcohol, just figuring out what to say can be a challenge. The following scenarios will help you get conversations going with your child.

Safeguarding for 2-4 Year Olds

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Safeguarding for 13-15 Year Olds

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Safeguarding for 5-8 Year Olds

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Safeguarding for 16-18 Year Olds

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Safeguarding for 9-12 Year Olds

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Safeguarding Your Home

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