This week I'll be posting about a couple of necessary conversations to have with your kids to prepare them as the school year starts. First, the talk about drinking and drugs. Yeah, you've talked with them about drugs before and your kids are good kids who know what your values are. Have the talk again. Why?
- Think peer pressure is a big influence? There's something bigger... You! Three out of four teens says parents on their #1 influence on their choice whether or not to drink. You may think they're tuning you out, but your values matter to them.
- September is a clean slate... you can influence what gets written on this slate. Every September is a fresh start in a new grade, new classes, teachers, and friends. You purchase daily organizers to foster good study habits and better grades. Talk about alcohol and drug use too.
- They're growing up but they're still kids. Adolescent brains are still developing so alcohol and drugs affect them differently and may cause long-term changes in brain development. Kids may think, 'everybody's doing it, so what's the big deal?' In fact most kids aren't drinking or using drugs regularly. Talk with them so they get the facts and make better decisions.