Three Keys To Getting Your Child to Listen to Drug Abuse Prevention Classes

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Drug abuse prevention classes are offered at many schools and enrolling your teen is one of the many things that you can do to keep him or her off of drugs or alcohol. However, it is very important for you to make sure that your teen pays attention during class.  Although it can often be hard to “get through” to teenagers, it is important that you express to your teen how important these classes are.  Make drug abuse prevention a priority in your home and your teen will get the message.

Below are some of the key things that you can do that will help your teen pay attention during class:

Explain To Them The Importance Of Drug Abuse Prevention Classes

A teen’s mind is vastly different from an adult’s mind. Teens often do not understand why they are asked to do certain things. Your teen may feel that you are taking him or her to drug abuse prevention class as a punishment. That is why it is important for you to explain why you are taking him or her to class – for their safety and overall wellness. You also want to tell your child that you are asking him or her to take those classes because you love him or her.  Express that you are enrolling them out of love.

Allow Your Teen to Express His or Her Concerns

You should give your teen the opportunity to express the concerns that he or she may have before, during or after class. Your teen may be a little bit nervous about going to drug abuse prevention class. He or she may also feel embarrassed about going, especially if his/her friend aren’t going. You can make your teen feel a lot more comfortable by listening to the concerns that he or she may have. Remember that teens want to be heard and want their opinions validated.  This doesn’t mean you have to agree with them, just that you have to treat their opinions with respect.

Attend Drug Abuse Prevention Class With Your Teen

Sometimes its best if these activities are done together as a family. One of the simplest things that you can do to ensure that your teen will listen is to be actively involved in the class yourself.You should encourage your teen to take notes or participate in class and tell you what he or she learned during class. Facilitate a discussion within the family on drug abuse prevention.

As a parent, it is very important for you to understand that you play an extremely important role in keeping your child away from drugs and alcohol. Raising a drug-free teen is not an easy task, but drug abuse prevention class will make this task a lot easier. There is no need for you to worry about whether your teen will listen during class. First and foremost, you should explain to your teen why he or she is being asked to take the class.  Do not threaten them or make them feel ashamed about previous behavior. You should also give him or her time to express the concerns that you may have. Furthermore, you may want to consider attending class with your child in order to facilitate a family discussion.