TEN WAYS TO HELP DRUG-PROOF YOUR CHILD
- Set a family standard on drug and alcohol use: Tell your children the rules early in grade school and repeat them often. Live by them yourself.
- Let kids know there are consequences and punishments for violating all family rules, like no car or TV. Make them clear and fair and enforce them.
- Set aside time every day to talk with your kids about their lives, how they feel, what they think. Listen and care.
- Help your children establish realistic personal goals in academics, athletics and social life. Then encourage and help them to achieve their goals.
- Know your children’s friends and spend time with them.
- Get excited about the things your kids care about. Do fun things as a family.
- Be aware. Find out the warning signs of drug abuse, from physical changes to hostility to loss of interest in school or hobbies, and watch for them.
- Talk with your children about the future. Discuss responsibilities – yours and theirs.
- Enjoy your kids. Make your home a happy, positive place.
- Be a nosy parent. Ask your children questions, know where they are and who they are with. Let your children know you are asking because you love them.
While cigarette smoking among St. Johns County youth has dropped, e-cigarettes, vaping/juuling has now become popular among our youth. From 2016 to 2018 the percentage of students that say they have used a vaporizer/e-cigarette in the past 30-days has almost doubled.
Resources for Parents
Tobacco Free St. Johns- http://www.tobaccofreestjohns.com/
US Surgeon General’s Office- https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/default.htm
Talk with Your Teen about E-cigarettes: A Tip Sheet for Parents https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/SGR_ECig_ParentTipSheet_508.pdf
Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults- https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/Quick-Facts-on-the-Risks-of-E-cigarettes-for-Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults.html
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs:
Growing Up Drug-Free – A Parent Guide to Prevention https://www.dea.gov/documents/2017/04/27/growing-drug-free-parents-guide-prevention-2017
Parent Resources on Underage Drinking from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – https://www.samhsa.gov/underage-drinking/parent-resources
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). https://www.drugabuse.gov/parents-educators