23 Tips to raising DRUG-FREE kids
- Compliment your kids on their character, individuality, and on all their efforts.
- Involve your kids in adult-supervised after-school activities they are interested in.
- Develop ways for your kids to get out of drug-related situations.
- Get to know your kids’ friends and their parents.
- Call kids’ parents if their home is to be used for a party.
- Set curfews, enforce them, and let them know the consequences of breaking curfew.
- Let your kids know they can ask you anything and that you will give them an honest answer.
- Set a “no-use” rule for alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.
- Sit down for dinner with your kids at least once a week to talk.
- Make and enforce clear rules.
- Consistently enforce a small number of rules with mild consequences.
- Show you care enormously about the choices your kids make about drugs.
- Plan regular parent-child activities that both of you enjoy.
- Emphasize the things your kids do right instead of focusing on what they do wrong.
- If you abuse alcohol or drugs, seek professional help.
- Talk early and often about drugs and their consequences.
- Talk with your kids about the things that are important to them every day.
- Listen to your kids.
- Take advantage of everyday “teachable moments” to discuss drugs.
- Arrange to have your kids looked after or involved in activities from 3-5 p.m.
- Leave your kids notes and talk to them on the phone so they will feel your presence.
- Offer to pick your kids up at any time when they are in a place where drugs are being used.
- Be involved in your kids’ lives and have fun with them.
Partnership for a Drug-Free America
Inspired by DEA Agent Enrique (Kiki) Camarena
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