Strategies for saying “no” to drugs Strategies for saying “no” to drugs

Strategies for saying “no” to drugs

Prevention 10 March, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E. 0

Parents can teach their children specific key phrases to use when dealing with the pressures they encounter to try drugs.

“Just say no” is a good start, states the American Academy of Pediatrics. But as the organization explains, “…few teens bent on enticing a peer to try drugs will let the matter rest there.” To deal with such a situation, the American Academy of Pediatrics offers a gamut of potential responses that can be used:

  •       A firm, but friendly, “No, thank you!”
  •       Change the subject. “No thanks. Hey, what did you think of that test yesterday in social studies?”
  •       Suggest a change of plan. “I was hoping to get you guys to shoot some hoops down at the school. How about it?”
  •       Saying no repeatedly: “Do you wanna go to the party with us?” “No, thanks.”
  •       Teach your children to respect their bodies. “No, thanks. I don’t drink. Besides, the swim team has a meet tomorrow, and I need to be in good shape.”
  •       And there is always this alternative: “My parents would kill me if they found out that I got high, and they always manage to find out!”

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