Talking to your Child about Drug and Alcohol Use
One of the top reasons youth choose not to use alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs is because they either don't want to disappoint their parent(s) or don't want to risk parental consequences. Your child only knows "the rules" if you talk often, and speak clearly about your expectations and the consequences of not meeting your expectations. If you avoid the conversation... they may get the mistaken idea that you are not averse to underage drinking or substance use. According to the Partnership at Drugfree.org
"Research shows that when parents talk openly about drugs and drinking, children have better self-control and develop more negative perceptions of these risky behaviors."
For more information on how to talk openly, visit here.
Starting the conversations is sometimes difficult, but there are many everyday opportunities that lend themselves to great discussion. What parents say matters! Check out this parent "toolkit" to find out how to address the issue of substance abuse with your child.... From preschool to teen years!
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