Start the Conversation
Communicate with your child openly, calmly and positively. Choose a time to talk when you are calm and free of distractions. Be understanding and don’t be quick to judge them if they tell you they’ve made questionable decisions. Remind them that they can come to you when they have questions, or problems, about alcohol or other drugs.
It's not too early. Children become curious about drugs and alcohol from an early age. It is important to answer their questions as best you can or be proactive and start a conversation.
Establish yourself as a resource. If kids know they can count on you for answers to their questions, they will come back for more information.
Consider your actions. At this age, kids will notice when a parent has a glass of wine or beer at home, or grabs medicine from the cabinet every once in a while. Being responsible with your own use of alcohol and drugs is also teaching an important lesson.
Choose a time to talk when you are calm and free of distractions.