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10 Ways To Help Keep Your Child Drug Free

 Editor    Jul 05 : 13:04
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Here are 10 things you can do to increase the chances of raising a teenager who just says "no".

Just Say NoHere are 10 things you can do to increase the chances of raising a teenager who just says "no".
By Laura Broadwell

1. Be a good role model. Your child sees your own habits and attitudes about tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. These make make a big impression on your child. Do not take the mindset of "Do as I say - not as I do"

2. Be prepared to discuss sensitive subjects. There is all kinds of information being passed around in your childs world. Some o=is good, but much of it is misleading. Your children need to know that you are there for them and they can rely on you for accurate information.

3. Practice the art of listening. If our children do not feel that they are listened to, they are less likely to come to talk the next time. Their friends at school will listen to them. How much more should we as parents? Make sure your child feels comfortable bringing problems or questions to you.

4. Don't be media-naive. Our children spend many hours listening to the opinions and beliefs of others through media such as magazines, TV and movies. Know what they are reading, watch what they watch so that you will be prepared with answers and lessons. Ignorance is not an acceptable excuse.

5. Be straight on tough topics. Sometimes we as parents can be so vague so as to communicate nothing with our children. Make sure whatever message you give is clear and specific when talking about drugs of any kind, so your children know exactly what is expected of them.

6. Be aware. Knowledge is power. Know your child's friends, their parents, relatives and other family members. Be aware of their habits and attitudes toward drinking and drugs. Be aware of where they hang out and what they are doing there.

7. Cultivate a positive attitude. Many of our children need no help in feeling inadequate. Emphasize what they do right rather than wrong; self-confidence is their best protection against peer pressure.

8. Equip your child. Your child will go through many tough times. Teach them to manage stress and anger in healthy ways, such as seeking help from a trusted adult or engaging in a favorite activity.

9. Be honest. Help your child understand that he doesn't have to do something wrong to feel accepted by his peers, and that his real friends won't pressure him to use tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs.

10. Be your child's biggest fan. Children need your unconditional love and support, both in good times and bad, to manage stress, resist peer pressure, and thrive in their daily life.

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