The preteen years are when children begin to figure out their place in the world. Friends are becoming an important influence in their lives but many kids are still willing and open to speak to their parents or caregivers about topics like drugs and alcohol. Creating an open conversation about this subject now can set the tone for their teen years and beyond – allowing kids to feel comfortable discussing this subject with you.

Here are some important techniques to remember when speaking with your preteen about alcohol and drugs.