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How to Keep Your Teens Drug and Alcohol Free Until Graduation

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July 31, 2019

 

Do you have kids? Worried that even though they are good kids, and you raised them well, there is a risk they could fall prey to the dangers of binge drinking and drug use when teens?

As a parent of 3 teens (2 safely out of the woods 18&21 and 3rd 14), being on the other side, I am going to share with you what worked for us.

I have taught at multiple universities over the past 16 yrs, I can assure you from observation, it is a growing serious issue with dire consequences. Years ago I tripped upon a contract for teens someone posted online, which we edited & adopted with our first son (I wish I could remember who posted it, so I could thank them now). Click here to download an editable Word version.

Being a passionate neuroscience researcher, I know what happens to the teen brain during puberty – their cognitive brain is forming new connections, they can’t help making bad emotional decisions. With my work in human behavior, I also know that reward and punishment is a strong motivator.

So, we simply had our teens sign and commit to a contract. If they made it through high school without being “drunk” or doing drugs we would buy them a car for graduation. My boys will tell you, at weak moments having something at stake helped them make the right choice.

Additional Resources:

Share these links with your kids to educate them on what happens to their brain during puberty and why drugs and alcohol are very dangerous.

For younger teens: https://youtu.be/EpfnDijz2d8

Older/Adult: https://youtu.be/EpfnDijz2d8

I hope this helps!

Download the editable Word version of the contract you are welcome to adapt for your own use.

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