You may think your children aren’t listening, but research shows that parents play a critical role in preventing their kids from using drugs. Even armed with those statistics, though, it can be hard to have a conversation with your teen or pre-teen about substance use.
Fortunately, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has launched something they call the Family Checkup. Originally started as part of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, this online resource equips parents with research-based skills to help keep their children drug-free. Family Checkup poses questions for parents to consider as they interact with their children, highlighting parenting skills that are important in preventing the initiation and progression of drug use among youth. There are even video examples that show parents how-to and how not to emulate each skill with their own children.
The tools were developed by the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon and are being made available through NIDA, a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction, and they carry out a large variety of programs to inform policy and improve practice.
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