Positive Parenting Resources

Ruth Ettenberg Freeman, LCSW has taught positive parenting skills to thousands of parents and professionals in Connecticut for the past 25 years. She has spoken to parents in Ellington for in the past and has graciously shared some of her information for us to offer here.

Ruth has now expanded her business, and is called Peace At Home Parenting, and offers a variety of webinars on parenting. The website is
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  1. Alcohol Facts
  2. Books
  3. Parenting Tips
The following facts are from the Department of Health and Human Services:
  • Nearly 70% of 8th graders perceive alcoholic beverages as “fairly easy” or “very easy” to get.
  • By the time they complete high school, nearly 80% of teenagers have consumed alcohol, 30% report having been drunk in the past month, and 29% report having 5 or more drinks in a row in the past 2 weeks.
  • Approximately 20% of 8th graders report having recently (within the past 30 days) consumed alcohol compared to 35% of 10th graders and almost 50% of 12th graders.
  • A little over 20% of 8th graders report having been drunk at least once in their life compared to almost 45% of 10th graders and 60% of 12th graders.
  • A person who begins drinking as a young teen is 4 times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than someone who waits until adulthood to use alcohol.
  • During adolescence significant changes occur in the body, including the formation of new networks in the brain. Alcohol use during this time may affect brain development.
  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among youth ages 15-20, and the rate of fatal crashes among alcohol-involved drivers between 16 and 20 years old is more than twice the rate for alcohol-involved drivers 21 and older. Alcohol use also is linked with youthful deaths by drowning, suicide, and homicide.
  • Alcohol use is associated with many adolescent risk behaviors, including other drug use and delinquency, weapon carrying and fighting, and perpetrating or being the victim of rape.