Your Children and Drugs
TIPS FOR PARENTS
- Establish family rules that make the use of drugs non-negotiable.
- Educate yourself about drugs, so you can talk informatively with your children and answer their questions.
- Since peer pressure is a major factor in teen drug use, know your children’s friends.
- Talk with other parents. Try to establish uniform rules that make access to drugs harder for your children and their friends, such as a curfew, the amount of spending money they receive, and their use of a car.
- If problems arise, try to seek advice and counsel from someone both you and your child respect and can relate to.
- Learn to really listen to your child.
- Help your child develop strong values.
- Be a good role model or example in your use of alcohol.
- Help your preteen deal with peer pressure.
- Set firm rules about drinking and other drug use.
- Talk with other parents.
- Know what to do if you suspect a problem.
- Talk to your child about alcohol and other drugs.
- Help your child to feel good about himself or herself.
WAYS TO SAY NO
- Saying “No Thanks”
- Giving a Reason or Excuse
- Repeated Refusal, or Keep Saying No
- Walking Away
- Changing the Subject
- Avoiding the Situation
- Cold Shoulder
- Strength in Numbers