Congratulations, you have taken the most important step in prevention and that is to become an informed parent. The safety of your child is a priority and protecting them from the harms of alcohol and other drugs is crucial. Parenting is not always easy and educating our youth will arm them with the tools necessary for them to make healthier and safer decisions.
Things You Can Do:
- Talk to your children on the facts and dangers of drugs and how to make healthy decisions. Your words and actions matter.
- Ask Questions: Who? What? When? Where? And Why? There are many ways to find out what your child is doing just by asking questions. Ask your child to check in with you regularly.
- Get to know your child’s friends and their families. Create a list of their friends’ phone numbers.
- \Walk through your neighborhood to find out where kids your child’s age hang out.
- Create a safe zone list, which are places you have checked out that are safe and provide adult supervision.
- Give your child a clear message: Say no to drugs. Establish rules and consequences appropriate for your family.
- Pledge that you will always be available to give your child a ride if none of his or her friends are sober and able to drive.
- Get to know your child’s teacher and counselors. Join the Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
- Join a coalition that focuses on preventing underage drug and alcohol use.
- Contact Anuvia prevention department to assist with programming for an interested group of parents.
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