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.

Activities:

Create adventurous vacations

Don’t just do the same thing each vacation – go to new places each time and try different holidays – e.g. camping, hiking, exploring, mountain biking.

Tips:

Extra tips for separated dads

Living apart from your children presents additional challenges in fathering.