How To Talk To Children About Drugs: Best Ways To Communicate To Your Kids About The Risks

By Jackie Pasaol, Parent Herald March 29, 07:32 am

Children nowadays are exposed to dangerous products and substances like drugs. That's why parents need to step in to make sure that their children are protected against drugs.

According to before talking to your kids about the danger of drugs, parents should first educate themselves about drugs. Thus, parents need to check some government websites and other available resources that provide basic information about drugs. This is so parents can explain properly the possible results of the said dangerous substance.

However, if you are reluctant to discuss such topic because you did drugs in your younger years, said no need to feel uncomfortable about it. In fact, you can use some of your experience to share with your curious child about the important things you learned about drugs.

When To Talk To A Child About Drugs?

Surprisingly, experts said to Parents, parents can start discussing drugs to their kids as early as preschool years. They can begin by pointing some teachable moments to the kids like saying, "Harmful substances don't always come with a warning sign." Moreover, parents should teach their kids about the importance of healthy lifestyle.

Ages 8-12 

Parents can now begin asking their children about what comes to their mind when they think of drugs. However, parents need to keep in mind that they should ask about it in a nonjudgmental way.

So, kids will give them an honest answer. The main point here is to show to your kids that you're an open-minded person. More so, you need to prove to them that you are the best person to talk to.

Ages 13-17

At this age, your child might be surrounded with friends that are using drugs. Hence, they might ask you some questions including the dangers of drugs. If so, use the moment to make your child understand about drugs.

Provide them with accurate information. However, if you can't answer some of their questions, you need to be honest with him and work with him to find the answers he needs.

Can I prevent my kid from using drugs?

There is no proven magic technique that can prevent kids from using drugs. However, the National Institute on Drug Abuse said openly talking to kids about drugs can lead children to a healthier life.

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