Navigating The Tricky Landscape of Conversations With Teens
In our house these days, communicating with our teenaged daughters can mean walking a tightrope on a daily basis. Difficult subjects such as substance abuse make those conversations even more difficult. Talk about stressful! This is one reason I’m excited to take our girls to a special exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Library entitled “In My Shoes.”
What would it be like to walk in the shoes of a teen struggling with substance abuse?
Hoping to spark conversation between parents and teens, the exhibit was created by teen patients at Rosecrance’s adolescent campus in Rockford, the exhibit displays shoes that have been painted and decorated by teens to tell their story about substance use.
Rosecrance, a leading national provider of substance abuse treatment for teens in Rockford, IL, launched “In My Shoes,” to help parents understand teenagers’ points of view about the pressures they face and how they are confronted with the potential to use and abuse substances.
“This artwork display will inspire parents to do all they can to support and help prevent any level of substance use among their teens,” said Dr. Thomas Wright, Rosecrance’s Chief Medical Officer. “Teens want their parents to actively parent and give them guidance, especially in today’s changing social environment.”
The “In My Shoes” exhibit will open to the public on April 1, 2015, at the Central Library at 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., where it will be on display in the Schoenleber Reading Room until April 26. The exhibit’s April stop coincides with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence’s Alcohol Awareness Month, whose 2015 theme is “Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction.”
Learn more about the exhibit at www.rosecrance.org/inmyshoes/
Find out more about Rosecrance www.rosecrance.org
Eliz is pleased to partner with Rosecrance to promote this exhibit and has been compensated for this post. All opinions are her own.