Substance Abuse & Risky Behavior

It can be very difficult to deal with a child who is abusing substances or engaging in risky behaviors. Your child has broken your trust and is making choices that are potentially putting him/her in harm's way. This is something no parent ever wants for their child. Fortunately, there are things you do to guide your child’s behavior in a better direction.

In the articles below, you'll find expert advice on child and teenage substance abuse and risky behavior in children.

Risky Teen Behavior: Can You Trust Your Child Again?

How to Talk to Your Child About Marijuana: 4 Responses for Parents

My Child is Using Drugs or Drinking Alcohol: What Should I Do?

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Teens and Privacy: Should I “Spy” on My Child?

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Parents often wonder how much privacy their children need and ask me if it's okay to violate it. Personally, I believe there should be a direct link between the amount of responsibility, consistency, and honesty that kids show and the amount of privacy they're allowed to have. But, before we get to the subject of... Read more »

Monitoring Your Children? 4 Areas Not to Ignore

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One of the most difficult questions we ask ourselves as parents is, "When should I jump in and monitor my child, and when should I step back and allow them some privacy?" I've worked with many parents who were shocked to find out their child felt depressed, was smoking pot or drinking, or had falling... Read more »

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Parenting Teens: Parental Authority vs. Peer Pressure

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It’s one of the hardest things parents deal with: even if you’re trying to raise your child the right way, as soon as he walks out the door, you know he’s going to be exposed to all sorts of negative—even dangerous—influences. From dress to attitude to a popular culture that says it’s cool to drink... Read more »

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