The Concept

How to DrugProof Your Kids® (DPYK) – the Concept As parents most of us would love to somehow ‘drug proof’ our children. Not to closet them away, but to empower them to make wise, healthy choices as they encounter the many temptations laid before them.How to Drug Proof Your Kids® was created in response to the needs of parents, as they deal with the very real and complex issues of alcohol and other drugs. While the issue is complex and there can be no one simple solution, there is good news!   Can I really drug proof my kids? If you mean, “Can I stop my child from trying tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs?”, the answer is NO. But if you mean, “Is there any way I can influence  the choices my child makes?”, the answer is YES Parents are the key! Research clearly shows that the most influential ways to steer children and young people away from harmful alcohol and drug use is a healthy family environment. Where parents and their children have deep and loving relationships, with lots of meaningful communication, it can reduce the risks for their children. DPYK concentrates on the important role a parent, or significant caregiver, can play in reducing the risk of harmful drug use. It also gives the skills and knowledge that will help children to make good choices. With an emphasis on prevention, DPYK is designed to:

  • Give you a realistic overview of drug use in society and its related harm
  • Provide you with an understanding of protective factors and the role they play in helping to steer your children and young people clear of harmful alcohol, and other drug use
  • Help you strengthen your influence in areas such as wellbeing and communication, and learn how to respond to issues such as alcohol use
  • Equip you with skills and plans that will influence your children’s choices
  • Show how your own beliefs, attitudes and behaviours about alcohol and other drugs can influence your children
  • Provide you with a sense of community-based support

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