Written By Legacy Healing Center - Jul 10 2019
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Kids are the most precious, vivacious, loving bundles of joy that captivate us with their unadulterated innocence and unfiltered communication. As they grow, they begin to strive and display their needs for independence. These little humans are sponges that make decisions based on what they see, hear, learn, and are told to do from others. Most parents understand that the decisions we make today directly impact the future of our children.
Today, drugs and alcohol are a major epidemic in our society. Mitigating this gloomy crisis begins with education and prevention. Here are some tips on how to educate and discuss drugs and alcohol with your kids.
It is vital that you maintain an open line of communication with your child. Discuss substance abuse consistently and create an open dialogue to educate and explain the harms excessive drug and alcohol abuse can cause. Having multiple conversations on this subject will reaffirm the importance of substance abuse prevention and reinforce the importance of this topic.
Every child grows up with an innate idea of what is “good” or “bad”, especially when we set the example and discuss these subjects with our children. The best way to help our children – on a cognitive level – is to teach them what is harmful and what is beneficial. A productive way to discuss drugs and alcohol is to educate your kids on how drugs may harm their bodies and those around them. If your child is younger, discuss healthy living and the important role our bodies play in getting us to where we need to go.
An open line of communication is crucial in setting the foundation for talking to your children about substance abuse. Maintaining a casual approach and establishing trust with your children is the most successful way to encourage a healthy conversation about drugs and alcohol. As your children grow up and are exposed to drugs and alcohol – they will be more likely to come and discuss what is going on in their lives and talk about potential pressures or stress they are facing. Discussing common scenarios and preparing your child for what potential situations may arise – will better prepare your child handling risky or tempting situations.
It’s never too soon to start talking about drugs and alcohol with your kids. It is best to begin discussing substance abuse as soon as your child starts asking questions and showing curiosity – no matter what age. Use this age-by-age guide to outline conversations about drug and alcohol abuse.
Make sure your discussions on drugs and alcohol are factual and based on the present.
Pre-teens are able to understand the reasons for rules and actually appreciate having discipline and structure in place. Puberty is a very vulnerable time in your child’s life. This period of time can be tricky and can heighten the risk of exploring drugs and alcohol to escape their insecure and doubtful feelings.
As your child continues to gain more independence, it is vital that you maintain an open line of communication, enforce rules and consequences, and continuously be present in their lives.
Legacy Healing Center is dedicated to providing current and factual health information in the substance abuse industry. Our mission is to spread awareness around the disease of addiction for individuals seeking help.