SCAT is helping our community address the issues of at-risk behavior regarding alcohol and drug use among youth. Our parent programs are designed to get you involved and committed to reducing risk.
START TALKING BEFORE THEY DRINK.
As parents, you have the most influence over your child. As your teen is exposed to drug and alcohol peer pressure, make sure they know where you stand!
Tips for Talking with Your Teen:
Developing open, trusting communication between you and your child is essential to helping him or her avoid alcohol use. If your child feels comfortable talking openly with you, you’ll have a greater chance of guiding him or her toward healthy decision making. Some ways to begin:
- Encourage conversation. Listen without interruption and give your child a chance to teach you something new.
- Control your emotions. If you hear something you don’t like, try not to respond with anger.
- Make every conversation a “win-win” experience. Don’t lecture or try to “score points” on your teen by showing how he or she is wrong. If you show respect for your child’s viewpoint, he or she will be more likely to listen to and respect yours.
The Sylvania Community Action Team promotes family and community development by offering the following pledge for parents. Parents who sign the pledge will be part of a support network through the student directory.
Your home will be identified in the student directory as a safe place in which students can gather – an alcohol, tobacco and drug free environment with visible adult supervision. This is an effort to reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by our children. Discuss the Parent Pledge with your child.
Click here for the Parent Pledge, which you can print and return to your school. OR fill out the form below.