Parents


How Can Parents Protect Children From Substance Abuse?

 

Parents can take the following steps to encourage their children to avoid alcohol and drugs: 

Spend time together regularly. 

Listen and talk with your children. Try to understand the pressures placed on them and don't criticize their beliefs. 

Keep track of where your children are, what they are doing, and who their friends are. 

Get them involved in after-school activities so they won't be able to just "hang out" with friends in the afternoon. This is when children are most likely to experiment.

Praise or reward children often. If they feel good about themselves, they will be more confident and better able to resist peer pressure.

Be a positive role model for your children. Don't abuse alcohol or drugs.


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