What Do I Say?

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Talking openly and honestly with your children is one of the most effective ways to prevent substance abuse and related issues like depression, anxiety or other behavioral health issues. It is never too early to start these conversations. As your child grows, your discussions will change but your dialogue is always centered on keeping your child healthy, happy, and safe. There are many teachable moments, or "everyday" opportunities that can help continue these conversations. Whether your kids are two or twenty, these sample scenarios can provide some ideas on how to infuse prevention messages into everyday opportunities. Keep your conversations relaxed, friendly, nonjudgmental, and genuine. Most importantly, be a good listener. Remember, you are their #1 influence!

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