Raising Drug-Free Children
Extensive research has led to some simple strategies for raising a drug free child. One of the most important is to take an active and involved role in raising your child. Joseph Califano, Jr. a national public figure and author on the subject of addictions and substance abuse, outlined nine facets of parental engagement in his book “How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents.”
- Be there: Get involved in your children’s lives and activities
- Open the lines of communication and keep them open
- Set a good example. Actions are more persuasive than words
- Set rules and expect your children to follow them
- Monitor your children’s whereabouts
- Maintain family rituals such as eating dinner together
- Incorporate religious and spiritual practices into family life
- Get Dad engaged, and keep him engaged
- Engage the larger family of your children’s friends, teachers, classmates, neighbors, and community
Joseph A. Califano, Jr. was a former United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare and the founder and former chairman of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.
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