• Immunize your kids against drugs.

    Immunize your kids against drugs.

    Just as you immunize your kids against illnesses like measles, you can help "immunize" them against drug use by giving them the facts before they're in a risky situation.

    When kids don't feel comfortable talking to their parents, they look for answers elsewhere, which results in wrong or inadequate information from unreliable sources. Kids who aren't properly informed are at greater risk of engaging in unsafe behaviors and experimenting with drugs.

    Ages 8 to 12

    Kids this age usually are still willing to talk openly to their parents about touchy subjects. Establishing a dialogue now helps keep the door open as kids get older and are less inclined to share their thoughts and feelings. Even if your question doesn't immediately result in a discussion, you'll get your kids thinking about the issue.

    Ages 13 to 17

    Kids this age are likely to know other kids who use alcohol or drugs, and to have friends who drive. Many are still willing to express their thoughts or concerns with parents about it.

    Use these conversations not only to understand your child's thoughts and feelings, but also to talk about the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Talk about the legal issues, the possibility that they or someone else might be killed or seriously injured.

    No parent, child, or family is immune to the effects of drugs. Some of the best kids can end up in trouble, even when they have made an effort to avoid it and even when they have been given the proper guidance from their parents.

    However, certain groups of kids may be more likely to use drugs than others. Be involved in your child’s life in everyway so you can be there for them when they need your support.

     

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