Although it can be a difficult topic to broach, it’s important to talk to your teenager about drug and alcohol use. By establishing open communication in your household, you can help your child make wise decisions when confronted with these temptations.
Consider the following tips for talking to your teen about drugs and alcohol:
- Ensure open communication in your Your teen may be more willing to discuss uncomfortable topics if you have already established an environment of open communication.
- Listen when talking with your Show your child that you are interested in what they are saying and want to learn about their life.
- Create moments to talk one on Make a point to schedule time for you and your teen to talk, such as going for a walk, shopping or eating dinner together.
- Conduct family meetings on a regular Hold regular meetings where family members can discuss what is on their minds and talk about any pressure that kids are facing at school.
- Act out example To prepare your teen for potential peer pressure situations, act out various scenarios in your home.
- Encourage your teen. Throughout every aspect of their life, encourage your teen to be the best version of themselves and not let others influence their decisions.
- Be a helpful resource. Teens gather a lot of information about drug and alcohol usage from their However, you can still be a beneficial resource for them by explaining why these activities are detrimental to their health and well-being.
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