A Toolkit of TIPS For Caring Parents: An Evening Presentation and Open Forum

A Toolkit of TIPS For Caring Parents: An Evening Presentation and Open Forum
Graphic: Toolkit of TIPS for Caring Parents

The Hills Valley Coalition for Resilient Youth presents:

Monday, November 18th, 7pm at Pascack Valley High School.

The keynote Speaker Mallory Henry is a prevention specialist from Caron Treatment Centers. The evening presentation and open forum will provide caring parents with TIPS on how to talk to their kids about high-risk behavior and substance abuse. It will provide information on the latest trends in teen substance abuse and how to safeguard teens. 

Prevention TIPS (Talking, Intervening, Preventing, Saving) for Caring Parents:

  • Spell out the rules and be specific about consequences of breaking them. 
  • Plan to have the talk, don’t spring the conversation on your teen to cause them to feel abused or defensive. 
  • Explain your reasons why you don’t want your child to drink or use drugs, and invite an open conversation. 
  • Obey the golden rule by speaking to your teen the way you’d like to be spoken to. 
  • Let them speak and give your teens a chance to express concerns or feelings. It is an opportunity to see if anything is troublesome to them. 
  • Parents sometimes feel hypocritical hiding their own experiences, what to say and what not to say. 
  • Safety trumps everything, establish “conditional amnesty,” so your teens know they can call and ask for help if in a high-risk situation without repercussions. 
  • Continue an ongoing conversation. Talking to your teen about substance abuse should be a process, not a single event. 
  • Early identification of a developing problem is the best defense against your teen engaging in substance abuse and other high-risk behaviors.

Graphic: Announcement of the November 18 Hills Valley Coalition "Toolkit of TIPS for Caring Parents" presentation

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