It’s very important that teens feels supported at all times by their parent. Be sure to let your child know that he or she can always count on you and come to you for support. Remind him that you are always there to offer guidance.
- Reassure your child that she can confide in or seek advice from you when she’s stressed or dealing with a personal issue – this can help diminish her desire to use.
- As angry or frustrated as you feel, try to speak from a place of love, caring and concern – and express these feelings to your teen.
- Explain to your child that the reason you’re talking with her and asking questions is because you love her and care about her and want her to be healthy and successful.
Be the Air Traffic Controller
Amelia Arria, Ph.D., shares suggestion on how to show your support.