- December 14, 2017
- Drug Abuse
- Parents NoticeBoard
Every parent makes it their business to protect their kids from the big, the bad and the ugly that exists in the world. This tends to include alcohol and other addictive drugs, and we have seen first-hand what addiction does to people. The lives that have been ruined outnumber the simple short term pleasures that they give.
Children’s brains are quite fragile. This makes them more susceptible to drug addiction. Since their brains are still growing; constant use of various drugs will have the cognitive aspect associate the drugs so as to feel happiness or calm. Overtime, this makes the teenager dependent on drugs to be able to carry out any task.
To avoid this cases of addiction and drug abuse, the following steps could be helpful:
1. Be keen on the types of prescriptive and non-prescriptive drugs available in the house. Adults should avoid misuse of these drugs and also keep them locked in cabinets rendered inaccessible to the young ones.
2. Be involved in your children’s lives. Attend school events with them, get to know their friends and their friends’ families. Constantly talk to them. This opens lines of communications where they get to ask you questions and you answer them and vice versa. Avoid turning this conversations into lectures as this may scare them away. Instead, let it be two way where you exchange ideas and learn from each other. However, you still need to create a clear set of rules. Have your child understand what is acceptable, what is not and why. Also remember to reward good behavior and punish bad behavior. If a child understands and respects your limits, they are less likely to push them.
3. Talk about drugs and alcohol. Find out what their peers are saying. Give past experiences but only if there is a lesson attached to it. Remember kids are really good at deduction. If they sense indifference to the drugs then without a doubt they will know how to respond. Don’t wait until they are way older. Start talking to them about these from a very young age and keep reinforcing these lessons as they grow up. It’s always best to learn about these things from home. When your children finally find themselves in these situations, they will have already been equipped with refusal skills straight from home, as compared to if they were clueless.
4. Lastly, be a good role model. Research has shown that 75% of children imitate their parents. So as much as you may preach about the evils of drug abuse; unless your walk can match the talk, then this is all for naught.
Authored By: S Jam
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