Impact Coalition Encouraging Parents to Talk to Kids About Dangers of Drugs & Alcohol
Ada, MN — The IMPACT Coalition of Norman and Mahnomen Counties is encouraging parents to take time this summer to start or continue talking to your kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration states that’s its important to start the conversation before they are exposed to them, and that could be as early as 9 years old. But having that conversation can be difficult, so Kim Meyers of the IMPACT Coalition joined the KRJB Kaleidoscope Program to provide some tips for talking to your children about drugs and alcohol. First off, Meyers recommends parents make it known that they disapprove of underage drinking and drug use, but also show that you are care about their well-being.
It also helps to show your child that you’re a good source of information about alcohol and drugs, so doing some research prior to the talk helps as well as sharing personal experiences about their negative effects. Myers says its important as well to make it known to your kids that you are paying attention to what they’re doing and that they may not get away with making bad choices.
As the old saying goes “Monkey see, monkey do.” Myers notes that kids are sponges, so it’s very important that parents become good role models to their kids and set the tone about drugs and alcohol with their own actions.
The mission of the IMPACT Coalition is building safe and healthy communities in Norman and Mahnomen County by reducing substance use among youth and over time reducing substance abuse among adults.