Guess what––what you don’t teach your kids about drugs and alcohol, they learn from their peers. Put your life experience to good use and give your teen a big picture view of substances and how they fit (or don’t) with your family’s values. Make this about safety and not about control. Keep the conversation general without looping in specific people. No one wants scary accusations made about their friends, so keep away from fretting about their friend’s juuling and stick to health expectations (and why!) for your teen. Make sure they learn about drugs and alcohol from you.
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Melissa Ford is the senior strategist at Women Online. As a writer, she covers a diverse range of topics including education, health, technology, and parenting. She is also the mother of amazing twin teens.Read more articles by this author