Conversations with Your Elementary School-Aged Children

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Conversations with Your Elementary School-Aged Children

Published December 5, 2011, Stoughton Patch

Conversations are one of the most powerful tools parents can use to connect with — and protect — their kids.

But, when tackling some of life’s tougher topics, especially those about drugs and alcohol, just figuring out what to say can be a challenge. The following scripts will help you get conversations going with your child — and keep them going throughout his or her life.

Elementary School

* Scenario

Your child tells you he was offered prescription drugs by a classmate — but said no.

What to Say

After praising your child for making a good choice and for telling you about it, let him know that in the future, he can always blame you to get out of a bad situation. Say, “If you’re ever offered drugs at school, tell that person, ‘My mother would ground me if I took that and then she wouldn’t let me play baseball.’”

Scenario

Your grade-schooler comes home reeking of cigarette smoke.

What to Say

I know you’re curious and you wanted to see what smoking was like, but as you can see, it’s pretty disgusting and it probably made you cough and gag a lot. Your clothes and your breath and your hair all stink. Is that how you want to be known? As the kid who stinks?

Scenario

Your child has expressed curiosity about the pills she sees you take every day — and the other bottles in the medicine cabinet.

What to Say

Just because it’s in a family’s medicine cabinet doesn’t mean that it is safe for you to take. Even if your friends say it’s okay, say, “No, my parents won’t let me take something that doesn’t have my name on the bottle.”

Scenario

One in five teens in America has tried huffing—inhaling the fumes from everyday items like nail polish remover, hair spray, and cooking spray. It’s probably been a while since you’ve talked to your child about the dangers of the products under the kitchen sink—but it’s important to reiterate the warning.

What to Say

I know it’s been a while since I talked to you about the dangers of cleaning products and that they should only be used for cleaning. But I’ve heard that some kids are using them to get high.

I just want to let you know that even if your friends say, “Hey, we can buy this stuff at the supermarket so it’s totally okay to sniff it,” it’s not.

Inhaling fumes from cleaners or products like cooking spray and nail polish remover is as dangerous as doing all the drugs we’ve talked about, like marijuana.

Now, let’s talk about ways you can get out of the situation if that happens. What do you think you should say? Remember, you can always blame me and say, “My mom would ground me if I tried that!”

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