Every parent wants their children to make good decisions when it comes to drinking and doing drugs but you can’t expect your child to say no to drugs if you have never said anything to your child about them and about how you don’t approve. If you want your child to stay away from drugs, than it’s important you teach them how to avoid drugs and say no.
Almost every teen is offered, curious, and has tried drugs but that doesn’t mean that every teen WILL say yes when they are offered. If your teen is curious about drugs and you have never told them to stay away from drugs than they may just try it thinking it’s not that big of a deal.
Yes, schools do their best to warn children that drugs aren’t good for the body or your health in health class but to your child, that is just some teacher saying drugs are bad. So, it’s your job as a parent to make sure your knows why it is they shouldn’t be doing drugs and why you don’t’ approve.
You may think that your teenage child just knows that they aren’t supposed to be using drugs or aren’t supposed to be around drugs but you never know if they really believe you’d have a problem with it or not.
It’s best to start talking with your children about bad things like drugs, smoking and alcohol when they are younger so they can go into their teen years knowing that it’s wrong.
Know what it is you are talking about when you speak to your children about drugs. Learn the facts, statistics of teens who use drugs, what happens when you use certain drugs, what the side effects are of all drugs, etc. If you go to your child wanting to talk about drugs, you want to be able to answer every question they ask or else they may not take your seriously.
If you are going to have a hard time remembering some of the facts, print them out for when you talk to your child so you can know you surely have all your information.
Don’t go to your child and say “If you do drugs, you’ll die!” They won’t take you seriously and than they’ll end up doing it anyway since you made it seem like a joke. Talk to them seriously about drugs and tell them the truth. Don’t lie to them about anything, just be honest and open with your child. Be sure you allow them to ask any questions they want or else their curiosity will just build up inside.
What not to say: “Don’t EVER do drugs!”
It’s important that you don’t say this to your child.. Why? Because when children get angry at their parents what do they do? Rebel against the rules you set. If you tell them all the time to not do drugs, when they get angry at you or feel like rebelling they will immediately turn to drugs. Just be sure you are letting them know all the bad that can happen if they do drugs, to their body and their brain. Remind them how much it can do to their lives and relationships.
Don’t use yourself.
It’s important that you never use drugs yourself, not only drugs, but don’t let your child see you drinking alcohol either. If your child sees, hears about, or just knows that you have been using they will think it’s okay for them to do it.
Teaching your child about drugs is very important and crucial to their health. If you give your teen the proper knowledge and tools to avoid drugs than they won’t fall into peer pressure. Warn your child that their friends may try to get them to use drugs, but it’s important that you let them know it’s OKAY to say no and if their friends think they’re “lame” because of it than that just means they aren’t your child’s real friends.