Bonding: Children are less likely to use drugs and alcohol when their parents are involved in their lives and when children and parents feel close to each other.
Tip: Eat dinner together. Research shows teens who regularly eat as a family five to seven times per week are 33% less likely to use alcohol.
Boundaries: Children respond better when they have clear boundaries and expectations. Never assume your children know what your rules, expectations and attitudes are. Write down your rules and discuss them with your children so they understand the reasons behind them.
Tip: Talk to your child about the and make sure your they know what to do if offered drugs or alcohol.
Monitoring: Know where your kids are, who they’re with, and what they are doing. Stay involved. Studies show parental involvement drops by half between the 6th and 12th grades. It’s important to remain engaged throughout the teen years.
Tip: Keep in touch. Studies show kids are more at risk for drug and alcohol use between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00pm., while many parents are still at work. When you’re away, call your kids. Text them. Show up occasionally, unannounced. Have a neighbor drop by. Let your kids know it’s because you love and care for them.
Avon's Drug Free Communities Coalition (through a collaborative effort of community-spirited individuals, agencies,businesses and organizations), seeks partnerships to foster efforts to reduce youth substance abuse and promote positive, healthy decisions by young people who live and/or go to school in Avon.
Our goal is to reduce youth substance abuse over the next 5-10 years by ensuring (at a young age) youth never start to use drugs or alcohol.