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Parents are one of the biggest influences in a child’s life. This is why we are hosting our Parenting In Challenging Times webinar series on a variety of topics to make it easier to do one of life’s hardest jobs — parenting.

Watch for upcoming webinars and register to watch the recordings of our previous webinars here.

Fighting Vaping

Parenting in Challenging Times: Fighting Vaping
Dr. Natasha Burgert 

Vaping is suddenly mainstream. In this webinar, board-certified pediatrician Dr. Natasha Burgert shares information on vaping and e-cig use, discusses the importance of proactive prevention, and shares practical ways to talk to children about this harmful habit. She reviews the basics of vaping, how it works, the product's history, and addiction concerns. Dr. Burgert helps parents figure out if a child might be vaping and what to do if they find their child with an e-cig device.

Natasha Burgert, MD, FAAP, is a board-certified pediatrician with a thriving private practice in Kansas City, Mo. In addition to clinical work, she serves as a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics and as a member of the AAP’s Council of Communication and Media. She regularly shares evidenced-based child health information on NBC Education Nation and U.S. News and World Report. Locally, she contributes to KCUR and the Missouri Advisory Council for Childhood Immunizations. Find out more about her work at 

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Parenting in Challenging Times: Anxiety, Stress and Your Child
If you are a parent, you might have heard your child say, “I am so stressed out." You might have seen them overwhelmed, anxious, moody and exhausted. You are likely experiencing your own stress and anxiety about raising a child.

We frequently use the terms "stress" and "anxiety" interchangeably, but children’s stress and anxiety disorders are not one and the same. It is important to understand the difference and to learn the tools that you and your child can use to decrease stress and to manage anxiety. Dr. Jill Rosbrugh, child and adolescent psychiatrist from Parkville, unpacks the different faces of childhood worry, talks about the major causes of stress, and shares how to develop healthy and effective skills for handling these normal stressors. You will also learn what signs are red flags for an anxiety disorder and what steps you can take with your child to get help. Whether it is normal stress or an anxiety disorder, it is big deal to your teen.

Parenting in Challenging Times: Is It Depression or Just Teen Angst? 
With almost 11 percent of adolescents and two percent of elementary school-aged children suffering from depression, this very debilitating mood disorder is the most common mental illness among youth. Sadly, many teens will go undiagnosed and untreated, which can lead to a wide array of other psychiatric conditions, including substance abuse, anxiety, school problems or worse — thoughts of suicide and self-harm.

Because moodiness, irritability and isolation are often hallmarks of teenage growing pains, it can be hard for a parent to realize when his or her child is in need of help. At earlier ages, kids today have to cope with so much stress from school, social media, bullying, sexual identity issues, violence and exposure to traumatic events. When do isolation, moodiness, social media obsession, eating issues, poor sleeping habits or troubles at school indicate a need to take immediate action?

Parenting in Challenging Times: Safeguarding Our Children in Challenging Times webinar
No doubt today’s children and teens are exposed to extraordinary stresses at earlier ages, and they sometimes struggle to cope with social media, school violence, bullying, depression, substance abuse, sexual identity and exposure to traumatic events and losses. In this webinar, dynamic, nationally recognized speakers Scott Poland and Richard Lieberman empowered parents by directly addressing some of the most difficult questions about raising children.

Parenting in Challenging Times: Raising Resilient, Drug-Free Youth webinar
Talking about substance use and prevention can be stressful and anxiety-provoking, and navigating the drug-use landscape and keeping up with current trends can be chaotic and confusing for parents. In this webinar, Laura Bruce, program development specialist at Tri-County Mental Health Services, Inc., offered parents information about substance use, explained how drug use impacts brain development, shared facts about the most-used drugs among youth, and provided parents with tools to keep their children drug-free.