ERIC Number: ED417259
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Drug Proofing the Family: A Handbook for Parents. A Do It Now Publication.
Wittenberg, Erica; Parker, Jim
Questions about drug use are complex, and answers are not easy either. What parents ultimately choose as the best direction for their family should depend on the ages of the children, their personal values, and the kinds of relationships they have with their children. There are a number of alternatives parents can choose. This book presents a variety of ideas and strategies for parents so that they can choose the approach to drugs that best fits their families. A parent has the right to uphold his or her values, and has the final decision about rules. The parent should not try to win a courtroom-style debate over the facts about drugs with children. Household values should be stated, and rules made consistent with them. This message is stated in the first two chapters of this book, "Choices" and "Facts & Values." Chapter 3 discusses "Kids & Drugs," reviewing common patterns of drug use. "Family Values," Chapter 4 considers why kids experiment and how to be a positive role model. Chapter 5, "Red Flags," discusses markers of drug use at various ages, including young adult. "Drugs Today," Chapter 6, reviews facts about drugs in common use in the United States. Chapter 7, "Starting Points," emphasizes that any approach to drug use involves a shifting and complex web of factors, and that a big commitment is required. "Connections" lists five print resources and three Web sites for further information. (SLD)
Descriptors: Drug Education, Drug Use, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Characteristics, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Role, Role Models, Values
Do It Now Foundation, P.O. Box 27568, Tempe, AZ 85285 ($2 plus self-addressed, stamped envelope).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Do It Now Foundation, Tempe, AZ.