The key to finding
out how your kids feel about the topic of smoking can
be as simple as sitting them down, asking them good
questions and listening carefully to their answers.
But getting this conversation started is anything but
As parents, we need to find ways to break down the uncomfortable
barriers and address the issues candidly and honestly,
discover ways to keep the topic in our communication,
and explore inventive ways to help our kids say no.
As our children grow, the need for this type of open
communication remains constant. Kids change their minds
all the time. That’s why we, as parents, can’t
ever think we’re "home free." Influences
from movies, television, advertising and friends constantly
make it challenging for kids to say no to smoking. We
need to find ways to open the door to communication,
and keep it open so our children feel comfortable talking
with us about peer pressure, feel confident asking tough
questions, and are open to the idea of seeking our advice
when it comes to saying no. Remember, in these conversations,
it’s important to speak from the heart, avoid
being judgmental and never lecture.
By establishing this type of open communication environment,
we can be sure that our children will feel comfortable
and confident talking with us and listening to the advice
we have to share.
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