Summer is great time for everyone. Kids are out of school and parents often have more time to spend with their family. With no school work and activities, it is the perfect opportunity to educate your child on risky substance use for youth.
According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse, studies have shown that “initiation of alcohol, tobacco products, and cannabis is estimated to be highest in summer months among adolescents and college students.”
What can you do?
Ways that you can help your child be safe and enjoy a drug free summer are the following tips:
Set Summertime Rules- By setting rules about what you expect from your child, you can help them be responsible and preventing them by participating in risky behaviors.
Supervise- Do your best to be present wherever you can be.
Monitor- Always know where they are and who they are with. This helps you to be aware of what they are involved in and who they are with. This also helps them to be aware that you care about them too.
Stay Involved- Time is the key to showing that you care about your child. Help them stay busy and be sure to know that you care about them by spending quality time aside from your busy schedule.
For more information on how you can help your child, please contact us at info@BYDC.org or 208-529-2923.
National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020, May 8). First time drug use more common in summertime. National Institute on Drug Abuse. https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/science-highlight/first-time-drug-use-more-common-in-summertime.