Talk To Your Kids About Drugs And
Talking to Your Kids about Drugs and Alcohol
Don't put off talking to your child about alcohol
and other drugs. Kids worry about pressure to use alcohol and other drugs
even in elementary grades. School programs aren't enough. Parents
must become involved, but many aren't sure how to talk with their children about
drugs. A main reason children choose not to use drugs is because they are
afraid of disappointing their parents--so talk to them now! Here are some
tips for raising drug-free children in the twenty first century.
up with other parents. Form or join a parent group that provides
information on child rearing and facts on alcohol and other drugs. Support
one another in coping with your children's concerns and problems.
to your child. Pay careful, thoughtful attention. If your child
tells you something you don't want to hear, don't ignore the statement--talk
healthy and creative activities. Emphasize the importance of good
health. Discuss the difference between medicine and illegal drugs.
Help your child get involved in hobbies, after-school activities, or sports.
your child feel good about herself and develop strong values. Relate
the fact that you place high value on your child's special qualities and
that drugs will destroy those qualities. Discuss values such as
honesty and responsibility.
yourself and talk with your child about alcohol and other drugs. Teach
him ways to say no. Get to know the facts about how drugs harm
people--physically, socially, and educationally. Don't exaggerate the
effects of drugs or make up "facts."
a good example. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so responsibly and
moderately. Your habits and attitudes strongly influence your child.
Keep the distinction clear about what is legal for adults but not for
your child learn to deal with peer pressure. Children need to know
that their friends can be wrong. You and your child might act out
various situations in which someone tries to convince him to drink alcohol
or to take drugs. Figure out several good ways to handle a
what to do if you suspect a problem. Beware of signs and symptoms of
drug use. Seek advice from a professional--a counselor, a religious
leader, or someone at a local treatment center.