When your children feel that they are worthwhile, they will be less likely to turn to drugs or alcohol. Listen to this podcast by Bruce Robinson on the “Big W”, or read the transcript below.
The Big W
I want to talk to you today about what we call, at The Fathering Project, “The Big W” – we’re talking about something which we think is the best vaccination against your kids getting into trouble, for example with substance abuse.
What’s the Big W? It’s feeling worthwhile – doing things for your kids that make them realise that they are a worthy person. And when we talk about going on dates with your kids or trips, it’s not the bonding time, it’s not time to talk to them – of course it is – but the major effect is that the child feels worthwhile: “My mum or my dad is spending time with me – I must be worth spending time with.”
If I had to pick one thing that I wanted my kids to have, when there’s a party and drugs are being handed around, it would be that they feel worthwhile. They would say, “You know what, I don’t need this. I’ll pass!”