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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

talking to your kids

excellent article from About.com/Alcoholism on
how to talk to your kids about alcohol.


Here's How:

  1. Be well informed. Have your facts straight before relaying information to your children.
  2. Make sure the information that you plan to offer is appropriate for your child's age and development.
  3. Start early. Children as young as 11 begin using alcohol.
  4. Set aside a family time when there are no other distractions. Initiate the conversation with your child.
  5. Communicate your "family policy" about taking drugs or drinking alcohol and give the reasons for the policy.
  6. Try to create a "open" atmosphere in which your children feel free to say what is on their minds.
  7. Listen carefully.
  8. Role play how to say "no" when offered drugs or alcohol.
  9. Be honest.
  10. Repeat the conversation as your children grow to emphasize your concern and to listen to their feelings.
Tips:
  1. Student surveys indicate when parents listen to their children's feelings and concerns, their kids are more likely to stay drug-free
  2. If you suspect your child has a problem with drugs and alcohol, seek professional help immediately.
  3. Be a good example.
open and honest communication is key
to establishing trust and confidence with
our children and teens.

instilling family values and reassuring
them that an open dialogue is always
available, are a major steps in dealing
with these sensitive issues.

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5 comments:

Gin said...

These are wonderful tips! Thank you for posting them!

Seb said...

Great post! This is very helpful. I'm sure I'd visit your site more often. Anyway, you can drop by my favorite online hang out too, at UK Student Community. Thanks!

Shadow said...

very good indeed!

butterbeancastro said...

Thanks for the post. I heard some other advice on this topic. always ask your children what they think about something rather than tell them how they should feel. open-ended questions with room for dialogue seems important.

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http://www.ahamoment.com/pg/moments/view/6628

if you like please vote. if you really like tell others.

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