Keeping Your Kids Drug Free

Last Updated: 10/9/2018 2:43 AM
  1. Set a good example. Consider how your actions influence your children.
  2. Build your child's self-esteem.  Help children feel good about themselves by emphasizing what they do right.
  3. Teach your children values such as honesty and responsibility.
  4. Make sure your children know the facts about alcohol and other drugs.
  5. Establish and enforce clear, strong, no alcohol/no drug use rules.
  6. Encourage good communication and decision-making skills.
  7. Teach your children how to confidently say "NO" and resist peer pressure to use drugs.
  8. Teach you children ways to manage stress in healthy ways such as participation in sports, exercise, and hobbies.
  9. Know your child's friends.  Know their parents. 
  10. If you do suspect your child is using drugs, do not ignore it.
  11. Love your child unconditionally.  Always be willing to listen to your child and offer your support.  Make time for your child.

Adapted from "The Bureau for At-Risk Youth"

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