As families prepare for proms, commencement exercises, and other events, we encourage parents to take the time to remind their children about the importance of making responsible decisions as they enjoy these celebrations.
Encouraging our children to be more responsible. Take some time to talk to your children about these issues; it could save their life or the life of someone else.
As we approach these special times of celebration, I urge you to reinforce with your children the importance of making good decisions.
Here are some quick tips:
Be a Good Role Model
Studies show that parents significantly influence their teen’s choices and lives.
Stay Involved With Your Teen
To help prevent early use of alcohol or other substances parents need to remain involved in their teen’s life.
Teens often believe the blatant misconception that “everyone uses drugs/alcohol” based on their peer relationships and the messages received by the media. Parents need to convey a message that not everyone uses drugs/alcohol and as parents, we need to set clear guidelines.
Talk About the Dangers of Using More Than One Drug
Teens need to know the risk of each drug and the possible deadly combination of using more than one drug. Talking to your teen about drugs will not lead to using drugs, but rather help them make healthy decisions.
Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office
Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office
Youth Health Connection/South Shore FACTS
SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
Caron Treatment Centers