Peer pressure can be rough on your teen. There will be many times when they may be tempted to slip up, especially if they’re in recovery. Parties, booze and drugs are calling. Prepare your teen with an answer that will keep them on track. Here are a few tips to get your teen out of trouble when it’s hard to say no.
Blame it on the Parents
The “strict parent” excuse is a classic — and it works. Tell your teen that you don’t mind if their friends think you’re the bad guy. This will take the pressure off and help your teenager avoid feeling “uncool” for making a good choice.
Invite Friends Over
Instead of putting themselves in a risky situation, your teen could invite their friends to your house instead. That way, you can be there in case they need back up. You can even arrange a signal for the two of you in case they need you to shut down the get-together.
The Big Game
It makes it a lot easier for your teen to say no to drugs and alcohol if they tell their friends that they have an important event they can’t be hungover for. That could be a crucial sports game, a big test or a family brunch — whatever they need to say to defuse the situation.
Offer to Drive
If your teen still wants to go to the party, but doesn’t want the stress of being tempted, they can offer to be the designated driver for their friends. Their friends will appreciate it and will be more likely to actively support your teen being sober.
Bring a Non-Alcoholic Drink
People will be less likely to offer your teen booze at the party if it looks like they already have a drink in their hands. No one needs to know it’s just lemonade!
Choose Friends Wisely
If the peers your child spends time with really don’t respect the word “no”, encourage them to think about which friends are good for them and which ones might be leading them somewhere they don’t want to be.
At the end of the day, you don’t want your teen’s addiction to stop them from having new experiences. If they’re ready for whatever temptations come their way, they don’t have to close themselves off from friends and social activities. Let your teen know they have options to avoid substance abuse and that they have your full support.
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