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Tips On Talking To Kids about Marijuana Use:Just like talking about any kind of drugs, cigarettes or alcohol it can be difficult for parents to do. The questions from kids can be overwhelming and hard to answer but we have to do it. Thankfully, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has created a safe place for parents to come and educate themselves on the new laws and provided a ton of how-to’s and tips to make those conversations count!
Listen carefully and stay positive. Keep the conversation open so they can come to you with any questions. When youth know they can ask you questions it creates an open dialogue and comfort between you and them!
Start the Conversation
That might be the hardest step. Parenting is hard work - we sometimes do not know how to approach the hard subjects but it has to be done. Finding a safe and brave space for you and the child(ren) to sit and talk openly is very important. Decide when the time is right for you. Ignoring the conversation isn't much better than ignoring the issue.
Be a good listener. Get their opinion. Don’t talk over or down to them. When you allow them to be heard they are more likely to listen when you speak.
Establish Clear Rules
Set your expectations. Make them clear and stick to them.
Role-Play How to Say “No”
Seems silly but sometimes the biggest problem for the kiddo is to actually come up with the right words to say no. Work with them to find tools to deal with peer pressure. This can be as simple as “no thanks. If I get in trouble, I won’t be able to do sports, theater, etc”.
Focus on the Positive Messages
Positive messages are empowering. Being negative might overwhelm them or make them act out of fear of defiance.
Talk about Friends
Know who their friends are, what they are like and how they influence your child. Be a part of their circle and ask questions.
Teach them that marijuana us e is not something to build an identity around. Give them examples of the self-confidence you see in your child daily.
Keep your Relationship Strong
Let them know you are on their side. You want them to make the best decision for themselves.
Your Influence Matters
You might be surprised at how much influence your words, actions and opinions can have on your child’s choices.
So now you have some easy tips to help you talk about the subject of Marijuana use with your kids but how much do you really know?
Before you step into the discussion with your kids stop by the Good To Know website and learn about Marijuana 101, Health Effects, and Legal Consequences. Sure, it is legal in our state and a few others but NOT FOR EVERYONE! Educate yourself so you can become an expert for your child to come to you with their questions.
For more information please visit the awesome Good to Know website and thank you to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment for these easy talking tips.
Have you had this discussion with your child yet - what tips would you give other parents?