Monday, February 1, 2016

Doctor's advice for preventing teen marijuana use

Over at the Teenology 101 blog, Dr. Yolanda Evans provides parents with tips and links to resources to help them prevent marijuana use among their children. Some of the advice shared includes:   

- Start talking early – teens who use marijuana often start by age 14. Parents should start having an ongoing conversation about drugs by 4th or 5th grade. 

- Set clear guidelines – establish clear, specific, and consistent rules about marijuana and other drugs. This can be part of a broader conversation around expectations of things like chores, curfew, showing respect for family members, following law and school regulations. 

- Keep lines of communication open. Eat dinner together, do fun activities together, communicate in whatever way your child does (Twitter, Snapchat, Tumblr, texting, etc).

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