Parental Tip– Talk early – talk often!

Study after study indicates that parents remain the primary influencer of their kids. Parents have more influence over their child than friends, music, TV, the internet or celebrities. Talking often with your child about a variety of topics makes it easier to talk about the difficult subjects.

Kids who learn a lot about the risks of drugs and alcohol from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use than those who do not.

While family dinners are an ideal time, not all families have the opportunity to gather. Sometimes, the smallest most casual time offers the best chance to ask questions about friends, social activities, and what’s happening at school. Conversation prompted by news stories also offers an easier introduction into difficult subjects. Parents who listen tend to have the best communication with their kids. You may also be “the house” where everyone gathers. Be mindful that you can have a positive influence on other kids as well. Knowing both the risk and protective factors for drug abuse can help guide your conversations and actions.
Source: The Partnership at DrugFree.org