Ever wish parenting came with a guide? Well, you’re out of luck BUT Cedar Rehab does come with a guide on how to keep your kids and teens off drugs and alcohol, which is half the battle! Why do kids start using dangerous substances? There are many reasons, everything from not fitting in, self-medicating for stress or depression, and not feeling like they’re good at anything, to attention seeking, boredom, and believing that using drugs and drinking is normal since their friends and parents do it.
This begs the question, what is a parent to do? First and foremost, give your children your love, time and attention – be involved in their lives. Also, be a role model and be sure to help your teenager find his or her strengths. The keyword is listening – when your kids have bad days, don’t just give them a hug and tell them it will be okay, encourage them to communicate with you. If they feel you are a part of their lives, they won’t seek attention from those who will lead them down the wrong path.