Help Keep Your Kids From Using Drugs & Alcohol Over Spring Break

You can’t watch your kids every second of every day, but for the most part, school and other activities keep them out of trouble. However, if you are a parent who works and cannot be around to supervise during your child’s Spring Break, then there are some things that need to be considered.

Will Your Child Abuse Drugs?

Research shows that unsupervised youth are three times more likely to experiment with smoking tobacco, drinking, and drugs. For some teens and pre-teens, this spring break may be the first time without adult supervision for an extended period every day. If your child has a history of drug or alcohol abuse or is going away on a trip with friends, make sure you explain the importance of staying safe and make intelligent choices.

Explain Why This Is So Important

Obviously, drinking, smoking, and drug use underage are unhealthy and illegal alone. When it comes to teens, explain how these choices can have severely permanent health consequences like brain damage, injury, and death. Not only are they a risk to health but to their futures. Teens document everything to the internet nowadays, one post showing your child with drugs, alcohol, or clearly under the influence can ruin their chances at the school or job they want.

Safeguards

If you just aren’t sure whether you can fully trust your teen, one step to take is to put all of your over-the-counter and prescription medications somewhere safe. Lock the liquor cabinet and make any other alcohol inaccessible. Make yourself clear regarding smoking, drinking, and drugs, kids whose parents talk to them often about not using alcohol, tobacco, and drugs are 50% less likely to use them in the first place.

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