We all want our children to grow up happy and healthy, with the power to stand up in the crowd andsay ‘no’ to drugs. Parents can help their children be strong enough to avoid drugs or alcohol by spending more time with them, remaining active in their lives and providing them a secure home with lots of love — and while, unfortunately, it’s no 100% guarantee, those factors will more likely create a drug-free child.
Family time is a fabulous investment.
Various studies show that kids whose families regularly sit down to have dinner together nightly are 20% less likely to drink, smoke or use illegal drugs. On the other hand, children not eating dinner with their families are 61% more likely.(1) Time spent with involved parents helps to reassure children they are loved, family time is a priority and their parents have expectations of them — and also helps them see more clearly a difference between right and wrong.
A parent’s influence is a powerful thing; it’s up to parents to help kids grow up to be confident and responsible, and to avoid drugs. It’s imperative that the parents of today spend time with their kids and build solid relationships, as studies reveal that kids who learn about the risks of drugs and alcohol from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use than those who do not.
(1) Uniquely Wonderful Secret to Children’s Success