Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 73 – Teen Substance Abuse And Parent To-Do’s

A number of parents heard a panel discussion hosted by Beaverton Together about how to help teens make the right choices about drug and alcohol abuse.

beaverton together logoTonight, as my part of the panel, I presented some things parents can do to help their teen make good choices about drugs and alcohol. I’m going to list them here.

Do’s Don’ts
  • Make clear concise rules
  • Text message to tell them you care
  • Network with other parents
  • Listen, Listen, Listen
  • Don’t Social Host (provide alcohol for or host an alcoholic party)
  • Don’t have “The Talk”, have many
  • Don’t break the connection

I’ll be presenting again at Southridge High School next week at the second in the series of Town Hall events. There is much more detail so I invite you to attend. Here’s a link.

Remember, this isn’t a fool-proof list. Every situation is different. But these ideas can help keep your teen talking to you.

And that line of communication may be the most important thing.

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