Be a living example of what you want your kids to be. Then clarify family rules and discuss the consequences of breaking them. Young people are less inclined to use tobacco, alcohol or drugs when parents set clear rules prohibiting their use. Probably the greatest value parents and grandparents can share with their kids is a personal vibrant faith. Yet even though young people who attend church are not immune from trouble, research shows that those who indicate a personal faith in God, participate in church and other extracurricular activities, are less likely to indulge themselves in drugs or alcohol.
"My personal faith in Jesus Christ has given me the strength to say 'no' to drugs." William G. (age 16)
Love and Communication
Learn to actively listen to your kids. If what you are doing cannot be interrupted, tell them and prioritize a time to talk immediately after finishing - then do it. Few things should get in the way of listening to our kids when they want our attention. Capture every opportunity to talk to your kids about drugs - you'll be alerting them to potential dangers in their environment. Clear communication with your children helps them deal with peer pressure. For example, the role playing of specific situations is one way to help your child know just what to say.
Most of all, tell your children you love them as often as you can, because children who know they are loved are less likely to disappoint those who love them. Know where your children are going and with whom. Get to know their friends and parents so you will be familiar with their activities. Make your own home available to your children's friends.
Spending time with your kids and building their self-confidence helps insulate them from risky behaviors. Children who feel good about themselves are less likely to deviate from what they know is right.
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