“Parents are the strongest single influence in a child’s life”
If you don’t talk to your kids about drugs, who will? Help your kids make good choices about drugs and alcohol.
Drug Proof Your Kids (DPYK) was created in response to the needs of parents as you cope with the very real and complex issues of alcohol and other drugs.
As parents most of us would love to empower our kids to make wise, healthy choices as they encounter the many temptations laid before them. It’s a complex issue, and there can be no one simple solution, but there is good news!
Research clearly shows that the most influential way to steer children and young people away from harmful alcohol and drug use is by giving them a healthy family environment. Where parents and their children have deep and loving relationships, with lots of meaningful communication, it can reduce risks for their children.
So, Can I really ‘drug proof’ my kids?
If you mean, “Can I stop my child from trying tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs?” the answer is no.
But if you mean, “Is there any way I can influence the choices my child makes about these things?” the answer is yes.
How does it work?
DPYK concentrates on the important role a parent or significant caregiver can play in reducing the risk of harmful drug use and helps you with the skills and knowledge to help your children to make healthy choices. During the six sessions, sharing ideas with other parents and carers is a key element and discussions are based around real-life scenarios. Each session also includes space to plan any changes you want to make and an opportunity to discuss how that’s working.
Find out about the next 6 week course run by local people in your area by contacting Stonehaven Community Centre on 01569 762688
Comments from parents who attended a recent course:
“I started the course worried about how I could help my kids through the tough journey of growing up and I now feel much more prepared and confident”.
“It was much better than I could have imagined, informative but fun at the same time”.
You can find this and other parenting support and information at Care for the Family website.
You can also keep an eye out for various local activities and events at the Aberdeenshire Council Events Page.