There are not many things more exciting that getting to witness your child being brought into the world. When my first son was born, I was shocked at how quickly I could love someone so much whom I had never even met face-to-face. As parents, we love our kids, and we want to do all that we can to protect them.
Unfortunately, we live in a world that provides much that we need to protect our children from, and one of those things is drugs. While the temptation to use drugs may not be that high amongst young children, once our little babies reach those teenage years, the pressure to get involved with drugs will be great in many cases. The question is then, “What action should we as parents take to protect our children from drugs?” Well, as a parent myself, I feel that there are a number of things that all parents can do to really limit the likelihood of drug use among our kids, and here are a few thoughts:
Engage in Regular Meaningful Conversation: Help Steer Your Kids Away From Drugs
If you think back to the time when you were a teenager, you can probably remember how hard it was. During this phase in our lives, we go through many changes, we care a lot about what others think, our bodies are changing, etc. There is a lot going on. It is imperative, especially at this time, that our kids feel that they can come and tell us anything. If this kind of relationship has been established, then our kids will feel that much more comfortable telling us about any pressure they are facing to use drugs.
Know Their Friends
While it may be hard to imagine that your child would ever use drugs, the peer pressure that they may face from their close friends could be too much for them to resist. Remember, kids want to be liked, and they care what their friends think about them. This reality can work strongly against them if being liked equates to using drugs. Knowing our kids’ friends can help us as parents know if those relationships are good or bad.
Drug Test Your Teen
Some parents feel that the only way to know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, if their child is on drugs is to drug test them. Whether or not you decide to drug test your child, I feel it is important that you know that drug tests are easy to acquire and are fairly inexpensive. You can buy them at your local pharmacy or from the internet.