If I say children don’t abuse drugs, it would be a white lie! For parents, it’s really hard to believe or accept that their preteens could be using drugs underage.
But, we’ve some stats that’ll put you on alert.
A 2015 report revealed that over 8% of 8th grader reported using bootleg drugs. Marijuana, as well as readily available inhalants and over-the-counter drugs, are popular among middle schoolers. Surprising, but true!
Concerned? You must be!
The best news! Research shows that children who frequently hear from their parents about the risks associated with drugs are less likely to use them.
It suggests you should immediately initiate a drug talk with your children, possibly, before they start with preschool.
Here’s how to begin:
Discuss The Risks In Age-Appropriate Language
Don’t enounce hard-to-understand names of drugs before your little ones.
Instead, focus on common things children already know. Point out how drugs hurt our body. Also, tell them that inappropriate amount of prescribed medicines can also hurt them. Teach them to ingest food or medicines that you, a relative or caregiver gives them.
As your child grows, they seek more information. So, ensure you keep updated with drugs’ names and their effects on our body so that you can provide them the right information. It may be impossible to know everything. But telling more facts early makes them warier.
Often Talk About The Joys Of Healthy Living
When your kindergarten asks for more candies, don’t tempt to snap,” No more candies before dinner.” Instead, explain why they can’t have more candies. Because too much sugar can hurt their teeth and lower your energy, making them unable to play well.
Discuss how good your child will feel when s/he‘s eaten fruits, vegetables, and food rich in nutrients. Tell them an only healthy child can run and jump for hours and win the games on end. Turn the healthy routine chores into manageable fun experiences for your child.