Calling all moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and older cousins! Did you know you are a massive influencer in your teen’s life?
Whether or not your teenager expresses it, you are a significant influence in their life. This can be a little daunting and tricky when they’re in the heart of their formative years. Here are some ways to connect with your teen and help them make good choices regarding peer pressure and substance abuse.
- Be informed and keep up with trends in your community, especially among younger people. Where are teens hanging out? What are they doing? These are important things to know.
- Talk to your teen about the short- and long-term effects of using harsh substances like nicotine or alcohol. Let them know it’s okay to ask questions.
- Be a good example! Do not smoke or excessively drink. The child in your life is watching you and taking notes on how to “be an adult” someday.
- Brainstorm ways for your teen to handle peer pressure. Help them find their voice and confidently stand up for what they believe. You can also brainstorm quick and easy ways to say “no”, such as “I don’t like how it tastes” or “I don’t want my clothes to smell.”
- Encourage your teen to walk away from situations that make them feel uncomfortable. Giving your teen a healthy dose of confidence is their best defense when it comes to peer pressure.
EmpowerTusc provides resources and assistance for families and individuals struggling with addiction. Visit their website at EmpowerTusc.com or give them a call at (330) 440-7319. You can also check out their list of local resources for those struggling with addiction, dependency, grief, anxiety/depression, and more.
Audrey Mattevi, Reporting