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Drug Talk

12 Steps to 2012: Having The "Drug Talk" With Your Kids

If you’re like most people these days, you are thinking to yourself, “How in the world did it get to be January of 2012?” While time seems to pass quickly, the New Year also brings a renewed hope for what is to come over the next 12 months. Some people will want to lose weight, pick up a new hobby or maybe kick a bad habit. However, perhaps one of the best resolutions we can make this year is to connect with our children in ways that build trust and confidence, including having the “drug talk.”

Ask yourself these questions: “Do I know what my child does when I’m not around?” and “Do my kids feel comfortable talking to me about peer pressure and drug and alcohol use?”

Make a resolution this year to follow these simple 12 steps in 2012 to build a better relationship with your child and create a stronger more resilient teen.

1.    Teach your children to trust you by seeing you as a role model.
2.    Be patient, not just tolerant. Apologize when you make a mistake or do something you regret.
3.    Ask teens what they need from you – and do whatever you can to meet those needs.
4.    Listen to your teens, a lot. Avoid interrupting.
5.    Teach your children about ethics, values and principles they can apply in choices and decision-making.
6.    Help them discover the feeling of gratitude, not just to say thank you.
7.    Keep the promises you make. If you do not keep your word, acknowledge that. Help your teen understand the circumstances or choices that precipitated the change in your plans.
8.    Answer your teen’s questions and be consistent. When you notice behavioral changes in them, make yourself available and encourage them to talk about what is going on in their life.
9.    Be understanding when they have a difficult time and let them know you will love them no matter what.
10.    Be diligent. Have ongoing conversations with your kids about the risks of drugs and alcohol.
11.    Act out scenes with your child where people offer him/her drugs.  Kids who don’t know what to say or how to get away are more likely to give in to peer pressure. Let her know that she can use you as an excuse and say: “No, my mom [or dad, aunt, etc.] would kill me if I smoked a cigarette.”
12.    Have fun with your child! Take them on a date to one of their favorite restaurants or to a movie. They’ll enjoy having that one on one time with mom or dad and it will make them feel special.

Every parent-child team has a different strategy to approaching the “drug talk,” but the important thing is that yours emphasizes honesty and the trust between you.  Preventing drug and alcohol abuse – or helping a loved one seek help for an addiction – can be facilitated by a simple, honest conversation.  It is truly the way to a fresh start to the New Year.

For more tips on talking with your kids and having the “drug talk,” or to print out the Parent Promise, visit drugfreeaz.org.

Heidi and Mike standing in front of a TV with their logo on the screen

Heidi Paley & Mike Dietterick, Co-owners Of EnVizon, Launched Their Company Amidst An Economic Slowdown

Heidi Paley & Mike Dietterick
Title: Co-Owners
Est: 2007  |  www.envizonit.com

“Even though there’s that recession out there, there’s been more of an opportunity for us in Arizona. It’s a very good market to be in.” – Heidi Paley

In April 2007, Heidi Paley took a risk. At a time when the economy was beginning to show signs of slowing down and some owners were scrambling to find a way to save their businesses, Paley decided it was the perfect time for her to step out and launch her own company. Today, Paley is CEO and co-owner of EnVizon, a home automation company.

“I saw a lot of opportunity” in the economic slowdown, Paley says. “Not just to get into business, but to be the very best at what we do in this industry.”

EnVizon provides design installation and services for home electronics and sells a variety of related products, mostly from Control4.

Paley began her career in the home electronics industry 10 years ago, working retail for Ultimate Electronics. As one of 600 employees and one of six females, Paley knew she would have to work hard to stand out and make it in the business.

“I’m a go-getter,” Paley says. “It’s a very male-dominant industry. When I couldn’t find resources in my store, I wasn’t afraid to go outside. I was able to make connections with manufacturers. When I started EnVizon, I had strong relationships that a lot of professionals have trouble getting.”

Last year, Paley and EnVizon’s co-owner and president, Mike Dietterick, took another risk and brought in an electrical division to add another team to the company, which has 12 employees and is soon expanding to 20. EnVizon has an office in Scottsdale, a satellite office in Mesa and a showroom at the Home & Design Idea Center in North Scottsdale. In the future, Paley hopes to break into international markets.

“We’re definitely proven,” she says. “We’re an established, reputable business here in the Valley. We want to take our business model and expand it.”

Paley’s favorite part of the company is working with home automation services.

“Making it happen is so awesome,” she says. “You can start small and then expand upon that. Being able to automate things is incredibly cool. You dream it up and we will make it happen.”

Enhancing a customer’s quality of life is paramount to Paley and Dietterick.

“We had a vision of implementing the latest technologies through system design, greatly improving consumers’ lives, comfort, ease of living and lifestyle,” he says.

But EnVizon doesn’t limit itself to home projects. The company contributed to the Aria Hotel & Casino at CityCenter in Las Vegas, which Paley describes as “the world’s largest IT project ever executed.”

“To be a part of that was an awesome experience,” she adds, calling it the company’s greatest accomplishment.

Having been through the challenges of starting a business in tough times, Paley urges fellow entrepreneurs to know exactly what they are getting into.

“The minute you go into the business, you need to know your numbers,” she says. “Have a plan. It’s OK to revise it, but have that plan, set your goals and achieve them.”

steve randazzo projected on a home theater screen

Steve Randazzo, Owner Of Randazzo’s Home Systems, Is A Self-Described ‘Gadget Guy’

Steve Randazzo
Randazzo’s Home Systems
Title: Owner
Est: 2005
| www.randazzoshomesystems.com

“I love music and sound systems, I love movies, TV and presenting those formats for overall enjoyment.” – Steve Randazzo, Randazzo’s Home Systems

Steve Randazzo describes himself as a “gadget guy.” His love of music, movies and television has been the foundation of his business, Randazzo’s Home Systems, since its inception.

As the owner and sole employee, Randazzo provides both residential and commercial clients with technology “from a simple TV and surround sound receiver setup to full-blown, large-screen home theaters to complete home automation,” he says. He provides all of the design, customer service and installation himself, and uses qualified sub-contractors when necessary.

Randazzo began the company in 2005 after careers in mechanical design, manufacture engineering and product marketing. After working for a company that went out of business, “the opportunity just presented itself to take all of the experience and the best things from those companies and create my own,” he states.

Randazzo considers the biggest challenge of running his own business to be “finding time to do what you love,” while still managing the business aspects of leading the company. Selling, managing, marketing and accounting are critical to the success of an enterprise — he realizes that balancing all this is a common hurdle with any small business.

The highlight of his hard work is seeing customers’ satisfaction at the end of a project, and their referrals to friends and family. Many customers even call him back to expand on the original project.

“Truly the greatest accomplishment is the ongoing business that comes from referrals and the satisfaction of the existing clients who want to expand on what we’ve done already,” he notes.

Randazzo hopes these referrals, and continued excellent service to existing clients, will help expand the business in the future — especially after the recession.

“We certainly didn’t break any records in 2009, but we maintained positive relationships with existing clients and we sought out new marketing and business opportunities through referral services,” he acknowledges.

Randazzo relies on honesty, reliability and efficiency to make those relationships work. He also believes that his location has been advantageous in keeping the company afloat.

“Arizona is great,” he asserts. “Year round sunshine and outdoor activity makes a TV on the patio a staple for an avid sports fan.”

But mostly, he adds, the company is successful because he enjoys it, and suggests other budding entrepreneurs do what they love.

“Find something you are passionate about,” he suggests. “Provide those services to people and back it up with continual customer service.”