Sunday, September 16, 2012
Talking to Kids About Drugs: How Early Should You Start?
The truth is that parents can't just have a single discussion with their kids about drugs: they need to have ongoing talks about drugs and alcohol with their kids from the time the kids are young. So, how young is too young? Don't start talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol until they're about seven or eight. It's only when kids reach this age that they can truly understand when you talk to them about serious issues. Yet once they reach second or third grade, start talking about these issues with them.
Each time you discuss the issue, don't be overly dramatic: You don't have to sit them down, shine a lamp over their head, and speak in a cryptic voice. You simply tell them that drugs and alcohol is a subject they'll start hearing more about as they get older, and that using such substances gets people into trouble and makes them feel unhappy. Keep the discussion short - no more than a few minutes - and check in with your child again every month or so on this issue.