Use these scenarios and helpful suggestions to help successfully navigate future similar situations.
Read each of the following scenarios, and think about how you’d respond.
Then, click the green bar below each suggestion to reveal suggestions that could prove helpful if you encounter a similar situation with your adolescent or teen.
Got a light?
While doing the family laundry, you find a lighter stuffed inside your 12-year-old son’s pants pocket. A little online research reveals such a discovery is fairly common, and you don’t smell tobacco or marijuana on him or his clothes. You ask what he needs a lighter for, and he says he likes the way it looks and he uses it to perform cool tricks for friends. What should you tell him next?
A little (Rx) help from her friends
Your 18-year-old daughter is almost through her first semester of college. There’s just one thing: that dreaded Accounting 101 final. You learn your daughter took some prescribed pills offered by a “helpful” roommate to help her focus on schoolwork. No harm done?
Knowing he is heading to a party in a few days, you’re talking with your 17-year-old son about alcohol and marijuana use, and the misuse of prescription medications or other drugs. You mention that it’s against the law for him and his friends to drink alcohol, have marijuana or use drugs, and that they would be in trouble if the police show up. Is there anything else about the law he should know?
Growing Up Fast
You and your 13-year-old daughter saw the big, new blockbuster, and unfortunately the star smoked marijuana and drank alcohol. Over ice cream afterward, you seize the chance to ask about your daughter’s attitudes about using marijuana and alcohol, and she reveals she’s actually been to a party where underage drinking occurred. What’s your next move?
You’re at the dinner table one night enjoying a family meal when suddenly your 14-year-old daughter asks, “Mom, did you ever do drugs?” After buying some time by taking a long gulp of water you need to answer. What do you say?