use is part of everyday life. Sometimes we forget that cough syrup,
headache pills, alcohol and tobacco are drugs. Children
learn about drugs in school, from other
kids and on television, but what we do in our own homes is the beginning
of drug education.
You are your children's most important teacher. Your words and actions help shape their ideas about alcohol and other drugs.
The first few years of life are important in building good values, self-esteem and the skills needed to prevent the misuse
of alcohol and other drugs.
We have to start talking with our children about all sorts of things,
including drugs, when they're very young. We need to
give them clear and consistent messages
about what's expected of them. Children need rules and limits.
Children are naturally curious and should be encouraged to ask
questions about what they see around them. We let our children
know they're important when we listen
carefully to their questions. Simple, direct answers often satisfy them.
Young children also learn by watching you and others. Has your child
ever picked up a beer bottle, asked for a pill to feel
better or pretended to smoke a cigarette?
Children copy what they see. Think about your actions and what they may
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