Saturday, January 12, 2008

Talking to Your Kids About Drugs and Alcohol


The more you know about your child, the easier it will be to guide her/him toward more positive activities and friendships and steer him/her away from alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

Good communication is crucial especially with your teen or pre-teen. Set aside a few minutes a day for your child to talk about problems and challenges that might have come up during the day. Ask about highs and lows.

Here a couple of ways to start conversations about drugs:

What do you know about marijuana? Do you know what happens if you use marijuana?

For more information visit http://ncadi.samhsa.gov/features/family/or download an informational PDF guide.

What kind of conversations have worked for you or do you recommend?

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Deb said...

This is very interesting information.

January 15, 2008 11:27 AM  
Anonymous rkm714 said...

I feel a child is never too young to have conversations about drug use!
My 7 year-old is aware that there are drugs that are illegal and make people do bad things. She has committed to never using drugs!
I commend our school for doing a great job in educating our kids about the dangers of illegal drugs!

January 15, 2008 11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A couple years ago, someone gave me a copy of a book - "Saying NO is not enough." It has a lot of practical advice about how to talk to my preteen.

February 18, 2008 12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talking with kids about drugs is a good idea, but I have one concern. What do you say if your child asks if you have ever used any of these substances? Not all parents have clean backgrounds.

February 27, 2008 7:48 AM  

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