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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.
1. Establish "together time": Establish a regular weekly routine for doing something special with your child, even something as simple as going out for ice cream.
2. Don't 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.
3. Try 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.
4. Eat 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.

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