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    Vik
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    Seven tips for dealing with teenage drug use

    Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:31 am

    Wanted to let you know we've got a new blog up - Seven tips for dealing with teenage drug use

    It's a guide to navigating if you're concerned your teen may be using drugs and some suggested steps about having a discussion, supporting yourself and working with them.

    Anyone experiencing this, or experienced this?
    How are you negotiating the situation? How are you feeling?
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    tacocat
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    Re: Seven tips for dealing with teenage drug use

    Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:38 pm

    I'm going to give this blog post a bump.

    It's a great topic and one that can strike fear into the hearts and minds of parents, or really anyone that feels the need to have a conversation around the topic of drugs with a teenager.
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    Leonarda
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    Re: Seven tips for dealing with teenage drug use

    Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:09 am


    I really like the idea of Asking Questions and keeping communication open with teens..... Avoiding a power struggle...
    So the conversation might even be that you are just checking in with them - no accusations.
    Asking something like : "How are you going, what's been happening ?" Showing genuine interest without alarm or blame.... or accusations..
    Being genuine about wanting to know how they are going and coping in this crazy world ....

    Also, linking in with their friends if at all possible and opening the channels of communication..... respecting your teen's privacy too...

    Love to hear some comments about what has worked and what hasn't with your teens or even what you remember or wish your parents had done :)
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    Leonarda
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    Re: Seven tips for dealing with teenage drug use

    Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:07 pm

    TEENS and Drinking
    Having a child develop into a hostile, volatile and brooding teen is a shock for most parents but also one that is unsurprising, given the media frenzy around 'rebelling teens' and weird behaviours that come with the territory. There is an urge for a teen to break out of the mold and establish their identity - it is when they question who they are and what their place is in the world. At this time peers become the second family and their opinions - those of their peer group are so much more important than the parents. This is the crucial time when parents DO need to give their kids that space to develop and also to trust them that they will make (eventual) good decisions.

    Conversations ideally need to be open around drugs and alcohol use - labelling drug/alcohol use as bad will not work however talking openly about the effects and potential harm minimisation. By your teen establishing their own sense of independence and feel capable to make good decisions around peer pressure then this will empower them to move through life and decide for themselves if drugs /alcohol is going to play a nominal role in their lives or be the crutch that they rely on.

    Some conversations around harm reduction might be : if you drink with your buddies, drink less; have a glass of water in-between, cover your drinks when you go clubbing etc) - education works but only if it is imparted with a level conversation rather than punitively. Let the teen tell you what they know and what they have tried - if the relationship you have with your teen is open and honest and respectful then that is the first step in establishing boundaries and living harmoniously - that your teen will make sensible decisions and you can breathe freely and feel that you have done your best to support them through the minefield of teenage hood.

    What have you found has worked with your teen? Have you been able to have an honest conversation around drugs and drinking? Let's open up an discussion and see what does seem to work and what needs some time or another angle :)
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