Talk to Your Teen
Statistics show that when parents talk to their kids about alcohol or drugs, they are 42% less likely to try them—and more likely to succeed in every way. And since more than one in seven 13-year-olds in Weld County have tried alcohol, and 10% have tried marijuana, the sooner you start talking, the better. You have more influence on your child’s values about drinking and drugs before he or she begins to use them—especially during the preteen and early teen years. That’s why it’s important to arm yourself with information and tools to help your children avoid the dangers of alcohol and drugs now.
It’s also important to be aware of your child’s plans and whereabouts. It’s a simple way to let them know you care about them, what they’re doing, and who their friends are. It’s not about not trusting them. Let them know you care, even if you can’t be together.
* Jackson, C. Perceived legitimacy of parental authority and tobacco and alcohol use during early adolescence. Journal of Adolescent Health 31(5):425–432, 2002.