Every parent asks, “How can I protect my children?”

The Prevention section provides parents with tips, strategies, and resources to help them engage in meaningful and effective conversations with their kids on the subject of substance use.

Navigating the waters

The onset of adolescence can bring major emotional, physical, and psychological changes to your children, which can sometimes result in behaviors that can be challenging for you as a parent.

Pre-teens and teens are finding their way as they grow into young adults, and your involvement is so important.

The pressures around school, dating, friendships become more important to them than ever before.  All these changes your child experiences will powerfully affect your role as a parent.

Today’s adolescents are exposed to so much more in contemporary culture; they are constantly bombarded with adult issues like drinking, drug use, and sex. It may seem to you that they are growing up much faster than you did, with a greater need for parental guidance and love.

The good news is that despite all this, on the whole, today’s teenagers are adjusting well. 

Teens nowadays are less likely to drink, smoke, do drugs, get pregnant, commit a crime or drop out of school, compared with their parent’s generation.  They volunteer more than ever and are much more spiritual.  Most teens would even say they feel very connected with their families and have positive relationships with their parents, siblings, and friends.

Take advantage of the content we’ve put together for you on how to manage these sometimes challenging years effectively.