This really grabs their attention, and then the real conversation starts.
Don’t be afraid to have conversations with your teenagers about drugs, alcohol and tobacco. These conversations need to happen over and over.
Listen to them and don’t be afraid to answer difficult questions.
Statistics show that teens are less likely to use drugs when anti-drug messages are used at home.
How do we have these conversations?
- Spell it out. “Under no circumstances are you to use tobacco, drugs or alcohol.” Why? Because they’re harmful and toxic to your body, and it’s against the law.
- Spell out the consequences if they use. What are the immediate effects of using? What are the long-term effects? What will their punishment be?
- Don’t do anything you wouldn’t want me or Granny to know about. My sons love their Granny and would never want to disappoint her. Let them know you love them.
- Explain that drugs are highly addictive and to not even start. Once you start it’s very difficult to quit. Plus they cost a lot of money.
Praise them for the good choices they have made.
Be strong and be consistent when making choices for your teen. Communicate and teach them about consequences.
Remember, it’s better they cry than you cry. I promise in the long run they will thank you for it.