Birth through Elementary School
Steps. A parent's actions even before birth are critical
to helping a child stay off drugs in later years. Drugs,
including nicotine and alcohol, can damage a fetus as early as
three weeks after conception. And some research suggests
babies born to addicted mothers may be at higher risk to
addiction later in their lives.
First Lessons. Long
before your children are ready for school, begin teaching them
rulesfor behavior: honesty, fairness, respect for others and
for the law. And be an example: live by those values yourself.
Good Choices. It's
important to keep your children involved in family activities.
They should regularly join the family for dinner and be part
of family vacations and other activities. Teach your children
to make the right decisions on their own, and impart "don't be
a follower" lessons. Teach your children to say no.
Keep Communication Open. Don't worry how you start the
discussion about drugs with your kids. Just talk. It may seem
as though your children are not listening, but don't give up.
Better they hear about drugs from you, than from others -
including those who use and sell drugs.
Escape Routes. Give your children reasons for saying no
to drugs. Practice responses with your children, such as, "No
way. My mom would kill me if I did that.". Teach kids to avoid
places where they may be pressured to use illegal drugs. And
if they do encounter drugs, teach your children to leave the
Facts. Parents should
know the types of drugs their children might be exposed to and
the dangers associated with each; be able to identify
paraphernalia used with each drug; know street names of drugs
and what drugs look like; and be alert for changes in their
child's behavior or appearance.
Setting Limits. Many
young people use drugs simply because their friends do. Get to
know your child's friends and their parents. Make sure your
child attends only drug-free, chaperoned events. Closely
monitor your child's whereabouts. If there is a last minute
change of plans, always have your child check with you first.
Your Children Busy. Research has shown than when teens are
unsupervised and have little to do, they are more likely to
experiment with drugs. Keep your children involved with
hobbies and/or extra-curricular activities.
Although it may take personal sacrifice, a parent must
continue to have direct involvement with their children.
Attend open house at school, scout meetings, dance recitals,
soccer games, etc. A parent has to be a part of their
children's lives to be aware of any changes in their behavior.
Enforcing Rules. Setting
rules for a child is only half the job. A parent must be
prepared to enforce the penalties when rules are broken. Make
sure your child knows what the rules are, the reasons for them
and what the consequences will be if they're broken. Allow no
second chances. For example, should your child decide to
disobey and drink alcohol, he/she should not be trusted to
drive a vehicle.
Consistency. Make it clear the "no drugs or alcohol"
rule applies not only at home but everywhere child is.
Keep Listening. It's
important that parents don't do all the talking. If you listen
to your children, you can learn a lot about what they think
about drugs and help them avoid pitfalls. Listening isn't as
easy as it sounds because kids at this age are not always in
the talk mode. A parent must be ready to drop whatever they
are doing and listen when their kids are ready to open up.
*Information excerpted from a
family guide developed by Reader's Digest in association with
the U.S. Department of Education, ABC Television Network and
the Partnership for a Drug-Free America.
here to go to the Safe and Drug-Free Schools' web site.)
If you suspect your child (or
anyone else) is using drugs, contact the Humble ISD Police
Department at 281-641-7900.
The Crime Prevention Unit
provides an anonymous drug identification service where
persons may drop off a substance believed to be an illegal
drug, the Department will test the substance and
confidentially report the results back to you. For more
information about drug abuse and services provided by the
Humble ISD Police Department, contact the Crime Prevention
281-641-7905 Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Selecting a link below will take you from the Humble ISD
Police Department web site.