1205 SE Everett Mall Way, Suite D
Everett, WA 98208, USA
Everett, WA 98208, USA
Phone: (425) 348-7673
Fax: (425) 348-7603
SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER / CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY RESOURCES
Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge Center (509) 244-5610
The Addiction Hotline 800 815 6308
Resources for Parents
Parents, you can provide good models for your children by what you do and what you avoid doing.
- Show that you value your freedom to think and act independently — you don’t do something because everyone is doing it. This helps your children see that unwanted peer pressure can be rejected.
- Be consistent in your words and actions. For example, a phone call interrupts your dinner and you say, “Tell them I’m not home yet.” The message your children hear is that it’s okay to be dishonest for your own convenience.
- Demonstrate your respect for your children’s lives and show concern by being a good listener.
- Be sincere, ask questions, and use a touch or a look for encouragement.
- Be cautious in using prescription or over-the-counter medicines as a quick fix for pain or stress. Your example can help counter the media messages that discomfort can be cured by chemicals.
- Be aware of how your own use of alcohol can influence children. Your children will notice how much you drink and why. Avoid using excuses for drinking, like having a rough day. Your drinking behavior tends to be the drinking behavior your children will have when they grow up.
- Talk honestly about stress and conflict in your own life. Children need to know that such struggles are a normal part of life. They have a good model when they see that you are coping with problems without relying on alcohol and other drugs.
- If you are trying to change something in your behavior — such as quitting smoking or losing weight — be willing to talk about what works and what doesn’t.
- Show that spending time with your children is something you value and look forward to. If you are too tired or too busy, they’re likely to imitate your behavior.
- Accept the role of parent as your responsibility — let someone else be their friend.
- Make parenting a priority. Be there! Remember that teenagers need parental supervision as much as toddlers do. It’s just a different kind. Know that your children are never too big for a hug, even when they are grown.