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How to Raise a Drug Free Kid

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These slides outline 10 facets of parental engagement aimed to prevent substance abuse among teens.The recommendations are from the book titled "How to Raise a Drug Free Kid," by Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Founder and Chairman of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.

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How to Raise a Drug Free Kid

  1. 1. The Facets of Parental Engagement Because children of hands-on parents are far less likely to smoke, drink, or use drugs why is parental engagement important?
  2. 2. get involved in your child’s life & activities Teens who grow up in caring and supportive family environments are also less likely to smoke, drink, or use drugs Be There
  3. 3. and keep them wide open Open the Lines of Communication Teens who learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are less likely to use them Most teens credit conversations with Mom and Dad as their reason for deciding not to do drugs
  4. 4. actions are more persuasive than words Your kids will be more affected by what they see you do than what they hear you say Set a Good Example
  5. 5. & enforce them with consequences if your child fails to follow them Set Rules The rules you establish become your children’s internal compass for their own behavior
  6. 6. your children’s whereabouts Half of teens who stay out past 10:00pm on a school night report that drug and alcohol use was going on among their friends Monitor
  7. 7. such as eating dinner together Maintain Family Rituals Having dinner together allows you to be with your children, learn about what’s happening in their day-to-day life with them and their friends, and get to know them better
  8. 8. Teens who consider religion to be an important part of their lives are far less likely to smoke, drink, or use drugs Incorporate Religious & Spiritual Practices into family life
  9. 9. and keep him engaged Get Dad Engaged Parental engagement is a Mom-and-Pop operation
  10. 10. The larger families of your child’s school, church, and community can serve as your support groups and your child’s safety nets Engage the larger community
  11. 11. Get to Know & Better Understand Your kid’s friends and their parents Knowing your child’s friends and their parents will help you get to know and better understand your child
  12. 12. Be There Open the Lines of Communication Set a Good Example Set Rules Monitor Your Children’s Whereabouts Maintain Family Rituals Incorporate Religious & Spiritual Practices Get Dad Engaged Engage the Larger Community Get to Know Your Kid’s Friends
  13. 13. Parental engagement is the most effective instrument in the substance-abuse- prevention toolbox Available for Purchase at

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