Lee's Summit R-7 School District

What are some ways I can help my child stay away from drugs and alcohol?

  • Set rules within the house: Make sure that your family knows that there is zero tolerance for use of drugs/alcohol. Be sure to set consequences for breaking this rule.
  • Keep tabs on your teen: Always know where they will be and what they will be doing when away from the house unsupervised. Be sure to occasionally check up on your teen and make sure that they are where they said they will be.
  • Know your teen’s friends and their parents. Offer to have them over to your house for a movie night or make plans to attend an event together.
  • Encourage your teen to be involved in after-school activities: sports, clubs, fitness programs, etc. The more they are involved, the less time they have to experiment with drugs or alcohol.
  • Talk to your teen: Ask them how their day went, about their friends, what plans they have for the weekend, etc.
  • Plan family activities: Strengthen the bond that you have with your teen.
  • Make a habit of borrowing your child’s car on short notice. If you do this, they will not have time to clean out the car or hide anything they shouldn’t have in it.
  • If your child goes to a party, ask them to call you half way into the night. Also, mention that you will call them. Teens are less likely to get drunk if they know they have to have a coherent conversation with you.