Substance abuse by your children can result in lost lives both figuratively and for real. Additionally, actions by your children while under your influence can result in you being held financially responsible. You could lose everything... Your child or your childs future and even all your assets.
What you can do:
- Talk to your kids. Let them know why and how much you are against substance abuse. Let them know you care. Be a mentor.
- Understand why. Almost always it's rebellion, alienation, despair, peer pressure, or some combination.
- Listen. Don't do all the talking, listen, ask questions. Find out what they think.
- Set the rules. Kids need to know exactly what the rules are. The rules have to be clear, consistent, reasonable and enforced.
- Start early. Just as you would teach your kids not to play in the road, you need to teach them about the dangers of substance abuse. You need to do this early in their lives and often.
- Educate yourself. In order to teach your children, you need to know what you're talking about. We hope the information provided on this web site will help you do so.
- Get involved. The foundation of good communication is getting involved with your child's life... involved with their schooling, sports, knowing who their friends are, etc.
- Don't preach. If a conversation lasts longer than five minutes, it's "preaching". It's better to have lots of short conversation than one long sermon.
Talk to your kids!
Listen • set rules • start early • educate yourself • get involved.
It's your child's future and it's your responsibility!