Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

How to talk to your kids about drugs

How to Talk To Your Kids About Addiction

The sooner you begin talking to your kids about drugs the better. Sometimes pressure from peers and outside sources can begin as early as fourth grade so it is important that you as a parent bring up the conversation about drugs. Just like you want to protect them from illness you can protect them from drugs by having an open and honest conversation with them. This can seem scary, awkward, and very uncomfortable but it is worth it and so important to build the trust between you and your kids.

Here is how to talk to your kids about drugs:

  • Approach your kids calmly and openly and make sure to not exaggerate.
  • Talk face to face and try to understand each other’s point of view.
  • Make sure to be an active listener and to let your child talk about their fears and concerns.
  • Don’t preach or interrupt.
  • Establish a conversations not just a one-time speech
  • Avoid contradictions between your words and actions; set an example
  • Act out various situations where your child may be offered drugs

Tell your kids that you love them and you want them to be happy and healthy. After that just simply state that you don’t find alcohol or drug use ok or even acceptable. Most parents miss just stating this simple fact; that it is not acceptable to you for them to do drugs or drink alcohol. Tell them that drugs can end up hurting people. Begin to discuss some of the consequences of drug use for instance it can cause driving to be unsafe, it can make someone feel bad inside and so much more. Always be honest though. Don’t make up scary negative consequences of what could happen if they use drugs. Just tell them some of the negative effects. Also tell them the legal issues involved with drug use. Once you have done this tell them other positive ways to enrich their life without the use of drugs. Tell them about hiking, sports, reading, bike rides, and camping. Talking to your kids about drugs isn’t about scaring them but making them aware of consequences, the truth and then giving them the chance at a more positive life.

Talking to your kids about drugs doesn’t mean that your child will never use them or try them but it may keep them from going down the path that involves consequences. The more open and honest you are with your kids about drugs the more open they will be with you. Although this does not mean that it is fool proof. There is still a chance that your kid could end up doing drugs and if so it is important that you know how to spot it.

As a parent you should always be alert to your child’s mood, actions and behavior. Drug use may cause your kid to become irritable, secretive, withdrawn, overly sensitive or angry. Also your child may become less responsible by not going to school or coming home late. Watch for changes in friends and lifestyles. Physically drugs could cause your child to concentrate less, lose coordination, weight and create an unhealthy appearance.

Source: http://www.ncpc.org/cms-upload/ncpc/File/chdrug.pdf

 

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