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Parents, Responsibility, Teenagers and Drugs

Jun 10, 2008
When it comes to drugs and teens, we should be looking at things for bored teenagers to do, because a lot of the problems, with drugs can stem from boredom. Peer pressure, is another reason why teens can get into the drug scene.

When we see a group of teenagers hanging around, on street corners or in the local park, not all of them are going to be taking drugs, drinking and making a nuisance of themselves, but they are, more than likely, going to be bored.

Boredom, as most of us know, can lead to people doing stupid things, or just things that people would not normally do. Drugs are one of these things that should not be placed firmly on the shoulders of the younger generation. Neither should we leave the education, on topics like drugs, to the schools.

Drug addiction and teenagers and parents and responsibility, all need to be in the same sentence. Parents can't and shouldn't lay the blame of addiction, on those that find themselves with it. We need to take responsible action, before and after the fact, if we are unfortunate enough to have a teenager with an addiction.

When first taking alcohol, smoking or other types of drugs, it is not always the choice we would usually make, it's the same with anybody really and peer pressure can be one of the catalysts. Again the, things for bored teenagers to do aren't always the things, that we want them to. Not all the people they meet are going to be good for them, but we can point them in the right direction.

Finding things for bored teenagers to do, and in turn keeping them away from the things you don't want them near, can be fun for all the family. Just having a laugh with teenagers over what they don't want to do is fun, it need not be an argument. Take them to the sports center or even to the movies, anything as long as you do it together, if they don't want to be seen with you, take them out of town.

Seeing your own flesh and blood become an addict is not a nice thing to witness, but you should not put them down or go off the handle about it. You need to help them the best you can, this means a lot of support, not just keeping tabs on them all the time. Trying to get them to change their friends will probably be the hardest thing to do, but you need only do this if those friends are doing the same thing. Everyone who has an addiction, needs to get away from people, who are doing the exact same thing.

Being able to spot when some one has an addiction is not easy as most people are very good at hiding things, especially drugs and alcoholism. Teenagers are even better at hiding things than you think. Parents should be able to talk, openly and honestly, with their teens without holding back. After all they are young adults and every teen thinks they are older than their years anyway, so give them a bit more respect, even if they don't show it to you. Most of all, remember drug addiction and teenagers and parents and responsibility, are all linked, one way or the other.
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Author Vivienne Myatt loves to assist mums and moms anywhere with advice, tips and ideas, where she draws on her wide experience as a mother and qualified childcare welfare officer. Visit her site to get your free parenting e-book and other valuable information.
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