23 Tips to
Keep In Mind and Put to Use
YOUR KIDS FIGHT DRUGS.......
Kids and drugs. It can be an
overwhelming issue to deal with — but it doesn't have to be. All you
really need to begin are the 23 easy tips on this page. Put them into
practice and your kids will reap the rewards of healthy, drug-free
1. Be your kids' greatest fan. Compliment them on all of their
efforts, the strength of their character, and their individuality.
2. Get your kids involved in adult-supervised after-school activities.
Ask them what types of activities they're interested in and contact the
school principal or guidance counselor to find out what activities are
available for your child. Sometimes it takes a bit of experimenting to
find out which activities your kids are best suited for, but it's worth
the effort — feeling competent makes kids much less likely to use drugs.
3. Help your kids develop tools they can use to get out of Alcohol - or
drug-related situations. Let them know they can use you as an excuse:
"My mom would kill me if I drank a beer!"
4. Get to know your children's friends and their parents. Set
appointments for yourself to call them and check-in to make sure they
share your views on alcohol, Tobacco, and other drugs. Steer your kids
away from any friends who use drugs.
5. Call kids' parents if their home is to be used for a party. Make sure
that the party will be alcohol-free and supervised by adults.
6. Set curfews and enforce them. Let kids know the consequences of
7. Encourage open dialogue with your children about their experiences.
Make sure your children understand that they can ask you anything — and
that you'll give them an honest answer.
8. Set a no-use rule for alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
9. Sit down for dinner with your children at least once a week. Use the
time to talk — don't eat in front of the TV.
10. Make, and enforce, clear rules.
11. You don't need a lot of rules, but consistently enforce a small
number of them with mild, not severe, consequences.
12. Show you care enormously about the choices your children make about
13. Plan regular parent-child activities that both of you enjoy.
14. Emphasize the things your children do right instead of only focusing
on what's wrong.
15. If you abuse alcohol or other drugs, seek professional help.
16. Talk early and often about drugs, especially about the consequences
of using them.
17. Talk with your children about the things that are important to them
18. Really listen to your children.
19. Take advantage of everyday "teachable moments" to discuss drugs.
20. Arrange to have your children looked after or involved in activities
from 3-6 p.m., the time most trouble occurs.
21. Make sure children who are unattended for periods during the day
feel your presence by leaving them notes and talking to them on the
22. Make it easy for your child to leave a place where drugs are being
used by offering to pick them up anytime.
23. Be involved in your children's lives and make sure to have fun with