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No matter how much you try and protect them, your children are going to live in a world where drugs exist. Therefore it is important you learn how to talk to your kids about drugs without alienating them.
No matter how much you try and protect them, your children are going to live in a world where drugs exist.
Most of these drugs are what we’d all consider ‘good’ drugs. We’re talking about things like antibiotics, Panadol or insulin for diabetics. These are drugs that when used as prescribed by a doctor make us feel better and address any pain we may be feeling.
Then there’s what we would consider ‘bad’ or ‘dangerous’ drugs. Generally, these are the illegal drugs that have negative effects on the mind and body and have the potential to be fatal. Drugs such as cocaine, heroin, crack, LSD and methamphetamine fall into this category. These kinds of illegal drugs can have a substantial effect on anybody’s health, but they affect children and teenagers in more damaging ways due to the nature of their growing bodies. Illegal drugs can severely damage the heart, brain and various other vital organs as well as affecting the learning ability of children and teenagers still in school.
Naturally, you want your children or teenagers to know the dangers of illegal drugs and make decisions in their lives that help keep them safe.
Between the ages of 4-7, it’s best to talk to children in a simplistic, calm manner using language they understand.
With children between the ages of 8-12 you need to approach conversations around drug use a little differently than what you need to with younger children.
In this age range, it may not be uncommon for your child to actually know somebody who uses alcohol or drugs, so the questions they may have could be quite specific.
You know how there’s that old saying that you can’t wrap your children up in cotton wool. Well, it’s true. Your job as a parent is to prepare your children for the world outside of your protection. Part of that world is filled with drugs and alcohol. It’s no use ignoring their existence and hoping for the best. The more information you arm your children with the better they’ll be able to navigate the world alone.
If you’re struggling with talking to your children about alcohol or drugs, you can speak with one of our experienced and qualified counsellors either on the phone or via chat.
If you or someone you know is struggling and want to speak to a professional counsellor, SuicideLine Victoria is available 24/7.
Call us on 1300 651 251.
If it is an emergency, call 000.
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