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Growing Up Drug Free: A Parent's Guide to Prevention

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54 pages
This is a guidebook to help parents prevent drug, alcohol and tobacco use by their children.
The guidebook sets forth actions that parents may take to teach standards of right and wrong, to set and enforce rules for behavior, and to really listen to their children. Guidelines include: (1) Communicate values openly and make sure that children understand family values; (2) Recognize that parents' actions affect the development of their children; (3) Be aware of conflicts between words and actions; (4) Be specific, consistent and reasonable; (5) Be a good listener; (6) Give lots of praise; (7) Model good behavior; (8) Counteract peer influence with parent influence; (9) Get to know your children's friends and their parents; and (10) Monitor your children's whereabouts. The booklet contains facts about alcohol, drugs and tobacco; quizzes for parents; suggested activities for different children's age groups; descriptions of drug paraphernalia; parent-community activities and parent support groups; and where to get information and help. Bibliographies