Talking About Tough Issues Something to think about… Think back to your childhood… When and who first told you about drugs and alcohol? When did you become interested in dating? Who influenced you the most? It is important to talk to your teen about these issues so you know they are getting the right information. Talking About Tough Issues Tips for talking to your teen about tough issues Make sure you research and get the facts you need so you can answer appropriately the questions your child may have. If you don’t know the answer…Work with your child to find the answer …search the internet, ask your doctor or pastor, and even school counselors. Make sure you explain your own values…and be a good example. Talking About Tough Issues Don’t do all the talking… listen to your child and give them opportunities to ask questions and voice their concerns. Try to be honest Be patient Use everyday opportunities to talk… like something you see on a t.v. show or the news. Talk often… don’t just think one talk will do the trick. Talking About Tough Issues What about Drugs and Alcohol… • The subject of drugs and alcohol can be pretty tough so try one of these icebreakers: • • Have any of your teachers ever talked to you about drugs and alcohol? Do you know any kids at your school who use drugs or alcohol? Talking About Tough Issues Set a good example for you children. If you drink be prepared to explain the differences of adults drinking responsibly and abusing alcohol. Make sure you know who their friends are and get to know their parents as well. Call and make sure parents or a chaperone will be home when your child spends the night out. Or encourage you child to have his/her friends over to your house where you know they will be safe. Talking About Tough Issues What about Dating… First of all sit down with your spouse and make sure you come up with a set of rules you both agree upon before you talk with your child. Discuss things like: Age your child can start dating Where they can go and what they can do Curfews And any other issues guidelines you think are necessary Talking About Tough Issues Next talk with your child… Make sure state the rules clearly and ask you child if they have any questions. Talk about what kind of behavior is appropriate to engage in on a date. Stress the importance of safety, and what to do if they are put in an uncomfortable situation. Make sure you stick to your rules and inform your child of the consequences if they break the rules. And most importantly let your child know that you made the rules because you love them and you want what is best for them.