Drugs & Alcohol
Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse!
Drug addiction often starts during the teen years, and research shows parents are crucial in keeping their kids from trying drugs. But parents may have some questions-- notably, how to prevent their kids from trying drugs.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has developed a web tool called Family Checkup, to support families with some things that can work. The tool is based on five skills: good communication between parents and children, how to encourage positive behavior, ways to work together to solve problems, setting limits, and ensuring adequate supervision.
According to a NIDA spokesperson the site includes some videos parents could use. The videos are designed to provide parents examples of how to interact with their teens and how to really use the strategies.