Set Limits — Setting Rules and Consequences

Kids want freedom. You don't want to be a nag. But when you've discovered drug or alcohol use, all bets are off. The time has come to set tighter limits and clear consequences.

Lay Down Rules

Rules provide a concrete way to help your kids understand what you expect and learn self–control. Don't just assume that they "know" you don't want them to drink or do drugs. Teens don't deal well with gray areas, so when they're offered alcohol or drugs, you don't want any confusion in their minds.

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Set Firm Consequences

Setting firm consequences for when your rules are broken is actually a help to your teenager, making it clear what they are to do and not to do. (A no-use policy, for example.) And though it may not seem like it, rules are a way of showing you care.

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Set clear rules about drinking and drug use for your teen - and provide guidelines for open communications for both of you.

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As your parent/guardian I commit to this agreement. I promise to honor our relationship and agree to respect you and help you in any way I can.

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