Parents, Guardians & Caregivers: You have a voice in drug prevention.

 

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Promoting conversations with children about the importance of living healthy lives has lasting impact and is a critical part of addressing our children’s mental health. Simply having regular conversations with your child is an effective tool to prevent drug use and support their mental health. The Start Talking! program encourages age-appropriate conversations with children, early and often during their lives and provides information to educate parents on this issue and empower them to have these conversations

Below are a few ways to get started.


Start Talking! tips for Parents, Guardians and Caregivers

  1.  Be open and honest. Model what it looks like to share your feelings in a healthy way.

  2.  Be direct. If you notice a change in your child or a sign that something is wrong, approach them about it in a loving, direct manner.

  3.  Have regular conversations with your child.

  4.  Take advantage of “teachable moments” or other natural conversation starters.

  5.  Stay up to date. Sign up for Know! parent tips for ongoing information.

 

Children of parents who talk to their teens about drugs are up to 50% less likely to use.

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