Parents have more influence over their child than friends, music, TV, the Internet and celebrities. Kids who learn a lot about drugs and alcohol from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use than those who do not.
Parents play an important role in preventing substance abuse among youth. Talking with a child about the dangers of substance use and showing disapproval of such behavior is a key factor. It's also essential to stay involved in a child's day-today activities.
Do you know we fund Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Prevention Specialists in all Medina County Schools Districts? Please call or e-mail if you have a question or your child needs help.
Black River Local Schools: Max Musselman email@example.com 419-736-3303
Brunswick City Schools: Kathy Fulkerson firstname.lastname@example.org 330-273-0408 ext. 1292
Buckeye Local Schools: Gayle Telford email@example.com 330-722-8257 ext. 3074
Cloverleaf Local Schools: Deb Bican firstname.lastname@example.org 330-302-0318
Highland Local Schools: Claudia Johnson email@example.com 330-239-1901 ext. 5212
Medina City Schools: Cathy Lasher firstname.lastname@example.org 330-636-3318
Wadsworth City Schools: Kristen Prough email@example.com 330-335-1316
Medina County Career Center: Liz Swartz firstname.lastname@example.org 330-725-8461 ext. 269
A new effort is underway across Ohio to prevent drug abuse among Ohio's most vulnerable citizens - out children. Governor John R. Kasich and First Lady Karen W. Kasich have launched Start Talking! to give parents, guardians, educators and community leaders the tools to start the conversation with Ohio's youth about the importance of living healthy, drug-free lives.
Research shows that the main reason that kids don't use alcohol, tobacco, or drugs is because of their parents- because of their positive influence and because they know it would disappoint them. That's why it is so important that parents build a strong relationship with their kids and talk to them about substance abuse- the earlier the better.
The good news is it's easy to do! Here are a few ways you can build a positive relation ship with your kids and start talking to them about drugs.
Establish and maintain good communication with your children. Get involved in your children's lives. Make clear rules and enforce them consistently. Be a positive role model. Help your children choose friends wisely. Talk to your children about drugs. CLICK HERE for more information.
A Parent's Guide to Teaching Kids about Drugs and Alcohol.
It's hard for a parent to imagine a child as young as 12 drinking or using drugs. This may be precisely the reason why many parents wait to talk to their kids about substance use, often until it is too late.
It's important to have many open conversations about drugs and alcohol with your child - far before they are ever caught experimenting or get in trouble at school.
CLICK HERE for more information....Parent's Guide to Teaching Kids