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    Talking Tips: Ages 10-12

    Suddenly, you're not that cool. Keep your cool and keep talking (and listening).

    Tween (10-12)



    Take time to be a family.


    Still plan family outings, even if your kids think it’s not cool. Make family dinners a priority—eating together has been shown to reduce risk-taking behaviors in youth while increasing things like self esteem and GPAS.



    Consider your actions.


    At this age, kids will notice when a parent has a glass of wine or beer at home, or grabs medicine from the cabinet every once in a while. Being responsible with your own use of alcohol and drugs is also teaching an important lesson.



    Look for teachable moments in any place possible.


    The car can be a perfect place as they are “trapped.” Ask open ended questions and really listen to their answers.



    Establish yourself as a resource.


    If kids know they can count on you for answers to their questions, they will come back for more information.



    Never stop building your relationship with them.


    Continue to work to establish a level of trust so they know they can come to you with any concern.



    Continue to establish and enforce clear rules.


    Be willing to talk about why these standards are important to you.



    Make sure to share your views and opinions with them.


    Let them know how you feel about drugs/alcohol/etc. and what your expectations are for issues like these.



    Help them learn to resist peer pressure.


    Role playing scenarios will help prepare them for possible situations and build confidence in standing up for what they believe in.



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