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Who is the most powerful influence in your child's life? You.
Believe it or not, you have more influence on your children than friends, music and celebrities. Teens say the #1 reason they don't use alcohol or other drugs is that they don't want to disappoint their parents.
Now that you know the influence you have, click on the Parents tab for tips on how to start talking, and keep talking, to your child, teen or young adult.
Six parenting practices to reduce the chances your child will use alcohol or other drugs
No one ever said parenting would be easy. When children hit the teenage years, the challenges are great. There are more significant threats that can affect their health and safety, like drugs and alcohol. And, unfortunately, helpful and reliable resources are scarce.
So when you are nervously sitting on your couch at 1 a.m. waiting for your 17 year old to come home, please know that you are not alone. Most parents go through this angst. ...
Doctor has important message for parents about teens and marijuana
Dr. Leslie Walker with Seattle Children's hospital recently recorded a video message for parents about marijuana, teens and addiction. Hear what she has to say about the real impacts of marijuana on teens, and what parents can do.
How to prevent alcohol and drug use in three easy steps:
Children who feel close to their parents are less likely to use alcohol, marijuana or other drugs.
Set clear rules and expectations about no alcohol or drug use.
Ask who, what, when and where.