Title:   Drug Proofing the Family
 Authors:   Erica Wittenberg & Jim Parker

 Publication Date:

  September 2003

 Catalog No:


..Grade School

If your kids are too young to be involved with drugs, you're lucky. You've still got time to do the things that will reduce their risk later. And taking the time now to enhance your parenting and drug-proofing skills can cut your own risk of heartache later.

Here are some ideal places to start

Talk. Kindergarten isn't too early to start talking with your child about drugs and other serious topics. Point out the dangers of smoking, drinking, and drug use, and let them know your feelings and values.

Be clear about rules. Let your child know that you regard any drinking, smoking, or drug use as a big deal, and clearly state your family's rules. If any experimental use has taken place, ask your child about details and circumstances.

Make communication safe. Open communication is the key to family drug-proofing and protecting your child from other potential problems. Learn, if you haven't already, to listen -- not just talk. Let your kids know that you're always there to talk about problems, and that it's safe for them to tell you anything they have to say.

Get to know the parents of your child's friends. You don't have to start a major project here, but at least establish a basis for future communication and cooperation. If you need to, set up a support system for watching the kids after school or set common rules about mealtimes, curfews, homework, and acceptable activities.

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This is one in a series of publications on drugs, behavior, and health by Do It Now Foundation. Check us out online at www.doitnow.org.