Teens: being aware of drugs.

Talk with your teenager (even pre-teen, if appropriate) about drugs and their health effects.

  • Help your child to develop strategies to deal with situations such as being offered drugs or pressured to take drugs – help them prepare a good response or exit strategy.
  • Be aware of new drugs that become available, what they are made of, what impact they have and what symptoms to look for in a user.
  • If you want to ask your child if they are using – try beginning the conversation by asking ‘are you ok?’ – this helps your child feel cared for, rather than being accused.
  • If your child is continually evasive on the topic or you suspect they are taking drugs, seek help. Websites such as the Australian Drug Foundation www.druginfo.adf.org.au provide useful information on common drugs.

Tips:

Fathering improves people skills

By living and promoting a balanced life you become a resource for other fathers.

Activities:

Camping with your children can be an adventure

Sometimes things go wrong when camping. Consider these events as stories to be handed down in family folklore, and enjoy this time spent with your kids.