Hi Friends! I hope you have all had a great start to the new school year so far. I’m sure many of you are meeting new friends, catching up with old ones, and getting into the groove of your new classes. With many new adventures and experiences coming your way, I wanted to remind you all about self-confidence and how you can stand up to peer pressure and say “no” to drugs and alcohol. Drug abuse prevention really starts at home and below are some helpful suggestions for your parents on how to address the issue:

  • Talk honestly with your child about healthy choices and risky behaviors
  • Talk with your child about the negative effects drugs and alcohol can have on their bodies (make it personal- sports performance, focus in school, relationship with peers/siblings)
  • Build up your child’s self-esteem by using positive reinforcement and a mix of praise and criticism. In time, making smart and safe choices on their own will be easier and they will be confident in those decisions.
  • Encourage positive friendships by getting to know your child’s friends, getting them involved in sports activities, and finding activities the family can all do together
  • Again, reinforce self-confidence by teaching your child that doing something wrong just to fit in is not acceptable and it is not a way to grow positive friendships

Be smart, safe and confident, pups!

Love, Russell