Southington Parents – You are the key to keeping your kids safe. ツEducating yourself and your kids on important issues such as drug and alcohol use starts at home with simple conversations. ツThe earlier you start talking, the better chances you have of keeping your kids from engaging in risk-taking behaviors.


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  • Here are a few more tips to help keep your kids safe:
    • Take an inventory of prescription medication you have in the house and keep it locked up somewhere youth cannot gain access (not in your medicine cabinet).ツ Help grandparents understand and do the same.
    • Know about the CT Social Host Law.
    • Refuse to provide alcohol for anyone under 21.
    • If you have alcohol in your home, keep track of it, know how much you have and store it in a safe place.
    • Get to know your teen’s friends and their parents. Talk with other parents about your rules for underage drinking.
    • Before your teen goes out, remind him/her of the rules about underage drinking. Always enforce your rules.
    • Before your teen goes to a party, ask him/her if adults will be present and if there will be alcohol. Confirm with the parents.
    • Be awake at curfew time and talk with your teen about his/her night when they get home. If you can’t stay awake, set an alarm.
    • “What is happening this weekend?” The best way to prevent substance abuse for kids is to stay connected with their parents.ツ Know what they are doing and who they will be with this weekend and at all times.
  • Communicate with your children:
    • Talking is only half the job. Listen to your children. You can keep the lines of communication open by knowing how and when to listen.ツ Also, encourage your children to tell you about problems they may be having and to ask you for help.
      • Some ways to do this include:
        • Rephrasing your child窶冱 comments to indicate that you have understood.
        • Giving nonverbal support and encouragement by nodding and smiling.
        • Using a caring tone of voice to answer a child.
        • Using encouraging phrases to express interest and to keep the conversation going.
        • Eat at least one meal together as a family every day or once a week to start.
      • Nurture your own assets by spending time with people who care about you and are supportive. Also, take opportunities to learn new things, contribute to your community and have fun. You窶冤l take better care of your children if you take care of yourself