Who is the most powerful influence in your child's life? You.

Believe it or not, you have more influence on your children than friends, music and celebrities. Teens say the #1 reason they don't use alcohol or marijuana is that they don't want to disappoint their parents.

Now that you know the influence you have, click on the Parents tab for tips on how to start talking, and keep talking, to your child, teen or young adult.

 

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How Well Do You Know Washington's Marijuana Law? Radio Campaign Gives Parents the Facts

A new radio campaign to raise awareness about Washington State's recreational marijuana law will air in most areas of the state from April 18 through May 20.

In the radio ad, Dr. Leslie Walker, Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital, gives the following facts:

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Six parenting practices to reduce the chances your child will use alcohol or other drugs

No one ever said parenting would be easy. When children hit the teenage years, the challenges are great. There are more significant threats that can affect their health and safety, like drugs and alcohol. And, unfortunately, helpful and reliable resources are scarce.


So when you are nervously sitting on your couch at 1 a.m. waiting for your 17 year old to come home, please know that you are not alone. Most parents go through this angst.  Read more..

How to prevent alcohol and marijuana use in three easy steps:

Bond

Children who feel close to their parents are less likely to use alcohol and marijuana.

Set Boundaries

Set clear rules and expectations about no alcohol or marijuana use.

Monitor

Ask who, what, when and where.