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“The Best Thing You Can Make a Child is Resilient”

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Aurora Baner:
Aurora families learn about dealing with addictions

Life lessons

Susie Kockerscheidt

Rick Osbourne is one of Canada’s leading gang experts. He was at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic High School Tuesday.

Tim and Sonya Snelgrove know their children will likely try drugs or alcohol one day.

The Aurora couple understands that acting out and experimentation can be a natural part of adolescence.

For them, the key to good parenting and preventing addiction lies in education and frank discussion with their kids — who are in grades 6 and 9 — regarding substance abuse.

“We’re trying to get up to speed on what pressures and other issues there are that we might not be aware of,” Mr. Snelgrove said, during the Building Resilient Youth forum at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic High School Tuesday.

“It’s an opportunity to have dialogue.”

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