What precautions need to be taken by the parents to make sure that the child does not get into bad habits like alcohol and cigarettes?
As a parent, there might be tons of growing responsibilities wandering over on your head all the time. This might be accompanied by stress and worries regarding your child where inappropriate habits like smoking and alcohol consumption by your teen might be one of the important ones.
Once into it, it is not easy to get your child out of these but if they pass the teen-age without getting involved in them, then congratulations to you. And trust me, you are the one who can guide them and help them stay away from cigarettes and alcohols. Here’s how:
Prepare Your Child:
You do not have to be scary to your child about these in-appropriate habits and resist them from being comfortable to talk or share about it. You need to fill in your child with relevant information and love who they are now.
• Talk to your teen and tell him about all the harmful effects of smoking and drinking. Explain to them being cool for short term can lead to longer-term life issues.
• Never miss out a chance to praise your child in situations where they stood upon their will power and said a “NO”. Also, appreciate them for certain other tiny things to let them know that you notice the little things and love them.
• Talk out to him and explain him to make the right choices regardless of what their friends might say or feel or have been pressurizing him.
• Have a daily conversation (listening and talking) with your child. This will not just help you bond with him but also let you know about what’s happening in their life and if they are landing themselves in unfavorable situations unknowingly.
• As a parent, you need to be aware of yourself. Children often follow what their parents do and if you are addicted to smoking or drinking, your teen is bound to get influenced by it. Therefore, set a good example. Try and quit smoking. If you drink, also stay in control and never drive while you have consumed alcohol.
• Get your child involved in clubs and activities where he starts being busy that other things could be fun, and alcohol is not the only way out.
How to talk about the ill effects?
Now if you would like to explain to your teen about the dangers of these habits, there are a few brief things you would want him to know. I agree, health aspects are important, but we often forget to mention the rest of it. Let your child know about the unhealthy effects while you smoke and also the effects if you try to quit. So, the best option is, never opting for it in the first place.
Smoking and drinking could have certain legal issues. For instance, if caught drinking underage, drunken driving, the teen might lose his driving license, have to spend time in the detention Centre or be sentenced to community service plus the fine.
Let them know how people who drink or smoke, often end up saying or doing what they do not intend to. You could end up rash driving or embarrass yourself in a party.
Not just that, set strict rules for your kid and the off-set punishments if they happen to break them. Stand onto the rules and do not make promises that might not be kept. Let the child know that these rules are because you do not want to see him in trouble and are concerned as a parent.
Help them deal with peer pressure:
A lot of kids get into smoking and drinking just because of peer pressure. Your child needs to be confident enough to say a “No” and in fact, in the first place try and stay away from people into the practice of such unhealthy habits. Teach your kid to say No or simply say “Not my thing.” Or “Sorry, not into it.” Or “I’m training for fitness. So, I could not consume it.” Or “Thanks but could I have soda instead?” or anything else that could replace a strong NO.
Also, make your child skip parties that are sure to have drinking and smoking. Take them for dinner with you, to keep the fun on. Also, let them always know that if in a party and forced to drink or smoke, your teen could always contact you so as you could come and take them back or help in case of any trouble caused thereof.
Do not be harsh on your children. Let them know that they have your trust. Give them space and opportunity to deal with such situations on their own. Say your teen to set up their own cool and these habits aren’t cooler in the long run and surely not even at the moment.
1. Spread awareness about smoking and alcohol consumption to your child and let him know its ill effects.
2. Keep him away from bad company and set up ground rules.
3. Help to tackle his peer pressure and to say a strong “NO”.