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October 4, 2013

Attendance its own reward

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NORMAN —

Not incurring your parental wrath is a huge incentive. Once she’s on her own, she can make any decision affecting her life that she wants … but for now, you have to help with those decisions.

You are teaching her life-long practices because, believe it or not, the behaviors she learns now will carry over into her adult life. One day, she’ll thank you for your diligence.

Q: I am the parent of two high school kids. I am very concerned about the senseless deaths that are occurring because kids are mixing pain killers or other prescription meds with alcohol. What can I do to make sure this doesn’t happen with my kids?

— Anonymous

A: This has become a huge problem with teens. They want a quick high as well as not feeling any pain.

To start, if you have any medications in your home that would be desirable to a teen, make sure you count pills and lock them up. We hope you have a good enough relationship with parents of your kids’ friends so you can ask them to do the same.

As we have suggested several times before, get to know your kids’ friends and their parents. Make sure if they attend any parties that there is adult supervision, and plenty of it.

Don’t be afraid to have a conversation with your kids about the dangers of putting any medications in their systems that aren’t prescribed specifically for them. Just make sure you’re doing the best you possibly can at communicating with your kids.

Let them be aware of your fears and give them the knowledge that will help them make right decisions when not in your presence.

Please send questions to questions.classact@gmail.com. Sally and Jeannie are certified school counselors with more than 50 years combined educational experience. Jeannie has two children, Sally three. The responses presented don’t necessarily reflect the views of any certain school district.

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