clear with your kids that you do not want them using drugs.
Ever. Anywhere. Do not leave room for interpretation. And talk often
about the dangers and results of drug and alcohol abuse. Once or twice,
a year won't do it.
a better listener. Ask questions and encourage them. Paraphrase
what your child says to you. Ask for their input about family decisions.
Showing your willingness to listen will make your child feel more
comfortable about opening up to you
honest answers. Don't make up what you don't know; offer
to find out. If asked whether you've ever taken drugs, let them know
what's important: that you don't want them using drugs.
TV reports, anti-drug commercials,
news or school discussions about drugs to help you introduce the subject
in a natural, unforced way.
react in a way that will cut off further discussion. If
your child makes statements that challenge or shock you, turn them
into a calm discussion of why your child thinks people use drugs,
or whether the effect is worth the risk.
with your child and practice ways to refuse drugs and alcohol in different
situations. Acknowledge how tough these moments can be.