A big number of parents have a hard time talking to their children about drugs, partly because it is one of those off-putting topics that some parents try to shield their children from. However, it is a topic that must be discussed so that kids can learn how to avoid them.
A delicate topic such as illegal drugs must be talked about continuously as a dialogue while the child is growing up. Talking about it early can make the child be better equipped to handle the situation when it arises.
Grab every chance to talk about drugs such as a movie or news item with drug usage. Be truthful about the effects of drugs. If possible, show pictures or documentaries about the effects of drug abuse especially when they are adolescents. An early aversion to drugs may help kids firmly say no to drugs later on in life.
Since this is a continuous dialog, parents must also listen to what the kids have to say on this matter. Hearing the kids out will show how much the parents value their thoughts and feelings, no matter how trivial or misguided it may be.
Parents must also be unmistakable in their rule of no drug usage ever. When kids understand that parents mean business, they will be more likely to think twice before taking illegal drugs.
Parents can also help their kids say no by doing role-playing at home. By anticipating possible situations which can lead their kids to drug use, parents can teach the kids how to say no. A simple “no thanks” or a more forceful “forget it” can be easier said once it has been practiced over and over again.