If you could do one thing that
would help your child succeed in school, live a healthier life, and develop to
his or her* fullest potential, would you do it?
If you answered “yes,” then
talk with your child about alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs. Find out what
he knows. Explain to him that using
these substances can interfere with studying and can cause grades to suffer by
affecting memory and learning skills.
Describe the harmful health effects of substances. Let him know how these substances can cause
problems in relationships and among friends and can tear families apart. Study after study has found that parents make
a difference in the choices their children make.
By the time they enter
preschool, most children have seen adults smoking cigarettes or drinking
alcohol either in real life or in the media, or both. Children today are exposed to illegal drugs
as early as elementary school, so it’s never too early to talk with your child
This guide will help you do
just that. It is designed for parents
and caregivers of children ages 7 to 13.
It focuses on six key things you can do to help your child grow up drug
1. Establish and maintain good
communication with your child.
2. Get involved in your child’s
3. Make clear rules and enforce
them with consistency and appropriate consequences.
4. Be a positive role model.
5. Teach your child to choose
6. Monitor your child’s activities.
Click here to obtain the guide “Keeping Youth Drug Free”.