Kids who are close
to their parents are least likely to engage in risky behaviors. The more
likely they'll be to respond to you.
"together time": Establish a regular weekly routine for
doing something special with your child, even something as simple
as going out for ice cream.
be afraid to ask where your kids are, whom they'll be with and what
they'll be doing. Get to know your kids' friends and their parents,
so you're familiar with their activities.
to be there after school when your child gets home. The "danger
zone" for drugs is between 4 and 6 p.m., when no one's around,
try to arrange flexible time at work if you possibly can. If your
child will be with friends, ideally they need to have adult supervision
not just an older sibling.
together as often as you can. Meals are a great opportunity to talk
about the day's events, unwind, reinforce, and bond. Studies show
that kids whose families eat together at least 5 times a week are
less likely to be involved with drugs or alcohol.