Talking Smack: Who's Talking to Your Kids about Drugs and Alcohol, If You're Not?

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Of all the things a parent worries about when their child is approaching the teen years, ruining their life and their friendships because of substance abuse is at the top. This fear is very real, and many parents don't have a clue where to start.

How do I even begin to talk with my child about this?

How old should they be?

Can't I wait until...

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Talking Smack: Who's Talking to Your Kids about Drugs and Alcohol, If You're Not?

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Overview

Of all the things a parent worries about when their child is approaching the teen years, ruining their life and their friendships because of substance abuse is at the top. This fear is very real, and many parents don't have a clue where to start.

How do I even begin to talk with my child about this?

How old should they be?

Can't I wait until it becomes a problem?

I'm not very good with words.

With the right tools there is no need for parents to feel inadequate when it comes to talking with their children about drugs. Talking Smack is full of practical tips and stories that will provide great encouragement to parents and show them why earlier rather than later is the time for them to take an active role on this vital issue.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934068861
  • Publisher: Authentic Media
  • Publication date: 2/10/2010
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenn Williams is the founder and CEO of Outward Looking International, a global leardership consulting business based in Queensland, Australia. Formerly the chief operating officer for Focus on the Family, Williams has extensive background in counseling youth and families. As a licensed psychologist and former pastor, Glenn co-authored the program How to Drug Proof Your Kids and was a consultant and contributing author to the parenting curriculum Starting Points.

Williams has spoken broadly on topics such as marriage, parenting, family and leadership in almost 20 countries, including keynote presentations to UN ambassadors in New York and the Beijing Family Forum in 2008. He is coauthor with his wife, Natalie, of Your Marriage Can Survive a Newborn.

He is currently completing his doctorate in leadership and global perspectives through George Fox University, Oregon.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction 1

Part 1 Questions All Parents Need to Ask

Chapter 1 Getting Involved 13

Why is it important for me to talk to my children about drugs and alcohol?

Chapter 2 The Allure 27

Why do children use drugs and alcohol?

Chapter 3 The Basics 45

How do I get started in talking with my children about drugs and alcohol?

Chapter 4 For Parents of Younger Children 63

How do I protect my preschooler or elementary-age child from drugs and alcohol?

Chapter 5 A Safe Place 79

How do I set healthy boundaries for my children?

Chapter 6 For Parents of Older Children 91

How do I protect my middle schooler or high schooler from drugs and alcohol?

Chapter 7 Intervention 103

What can I do if I suspect (or know) that ray teen is already drinking or using drugs?

Part 2 Interview with a Mother and Daughter

Chapter 8 Reality Preparation 121

"We truly want to help protect you."

Chapter 9 The Learning Incident 137

"I think I'm going to die!"

Chapter 10 Facing the Consequences 153

"What are we going to do with this?"

Conclusion 163

Appendix: Resources 167

Notes 171

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