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.

Resources:

Rough and Tumble Play

Dr Richard Fletcher's YouTube video will explain why a father's involvement with his child, right from birth, is vitally important for the development of a child's brain and emotional stability.

Tips:

Flexibility of working from home

When you are working from home you can be more involved in the day to day aspects of your children's lives.