Obviously guiding children from a young age to make good decisions should be every parent’s goal, however, we all know when put in a peer pressure situation, many kids have not been taught the skills to remove themselves from certain predicaments.
If you can, explain to your kids what they will be jeopardizing by experimenting with drugs — make it personal in such a way they can understand how it will specifically affect them. For example, if you have a son whose passion is athletics and he starts abusing drugs, it will affect his performance and possibly cost him his place on the team.
Making sure your kids have a focus for the summer no matter how old they are is always a good idea. Don’t wait until school is out to begin thinking of ways to occupy your kids’ time.
Send questions to email@example.com. Jeannie and Sally are certified school counselors with 49 years combined educational experience. Jeannie has two children, Sally three. The responses presented don’t necessarily represent the views of any certain school district.