Here are 10 things you can do to increase the chances of raising a teenager who just says "no".
1. Be a good role model. Your child sees your own habits and attitudes about tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. These make make a big impression on your child. Do not take the mindset of "Do as I say - not as I do"
2. Be prepared to discuss sensitive subjects. There is all kinds of information being passed around in your childs world. Some o=is good, but much of it is misleading. Your children need to know that you are there for them and they can rely on you for accurate information.
3. Practice the art of listening. If our children do not feel that they are listened to, they are less likely to come to talk the next time. Their friends at school will listen to them. How much more should we as parents? Make sure your child feels comfortable bringing problems or questions to you.