Explain the harmful effects of marijuana on a developing mind and body and share the facts with your child. The science is clear that brain functions such memory, cognition, motivation, and emotion are significantly disrupted by chronic marijuana use.
Act out scenes with your child where people offer them marijuana. Let them know that they can always use you as the excuse, “No, my mom (dad, grandma, etc.) will kill me if I smoke pot.”
Set clear rules and expectations about marijuana and how you will enforce the consequences if the rules are broken, as marijuana is harmful and unhealthy for them.
Tell your child what makes them so special and why you want them to be healthy and safe.
12-14 Year Olds
Make sure your teen knows your rules and expectations about marijuana and how you will enforce the consequences if the rules are broken, as using marijuana is harmful and unhealthy for them.
Ask your teen about their beliefs about marijuana and take the opportunity to dispel myths and share facts. For example, research has shown that long term use causes IQ loss.
Get to know your teen’s friends and their families. Ask your teen about any new friends and find out what they like to do. Monitor where they go with friends. Express your concerns about friends that may not be the best influence.
Develop a plan so your child knows how to leave from a situation that is uncomfortable or dangerous.
Discuss your teen’s daily ups and downs.
Information adapted from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.