One question I currently was asking myself, as a parent, was “When am I supposed to be talking to my kids about drugs and alcohol?” Because I had so many problems with it myself, I am in a constant state of panic that my children may run the same course. It is very important to me that they have all the information, that I didn’t have, prior to their decision whether or not to use.
The number one determining factor for if a person will become an addict is age of first use.
As a parent, does our influence even matter? Isn’t it their friends that will eventually pressure them into whether or not to use?
That is what I always thought, peers have the greatest influence. I WAS WRONG! I found that when polled, kids replied that their parents were the number one influence over whether they decided to use drugs or alcohol. They actually care what we think! This is great news! The poll even went one step further in uncovering that the number one reason kids decide NOT to use drugs or alcohol is because they don’t want to disappoint their parents.
So what does this mean?
We need to get involved. We need to educate our kids because education is power. If we can give them the proper tools, attention, and love we can guide them to make the right decisions.
We should have several conversations with our children about drugs and alcohol with the first being 2 years prior to possible first use.
In the video below, I go over the initial information needed to prep you for when to have first talk. You will want to be up to speed with the drug trends in your local schools. The national average is that kids will be introduced to drugs and alcohol around the eighth grade. I find this to be true where I live but you should check with your school or local paper if you are unsure about your area.
After viewing the video, be sure to subscribe because in future episodes I will discuss what key points you will want to include in your discussions about drugs and alcohol as well as have “the initial conversation” with my son Jaxon.
Addiction is a disease and is preventable. Let’s do our part to educate our kids and help them to have all the information needed to make healthy choices.