.::: Talking to Kids Aged 2-8
Once your kids are teenagers, you might wish you'd discussed certain issues when they were younger.
Remember, it's never too early or too late when it comes to talking about drugs.
Children this age love exploring what's around them.
Keep them safe by:
- Storing medicine, cleaning products and other potentially dangerous products out of reach or locking them away.
- Teaching them:
- To stay away from and "don't touch" medicine or items with product safety symbols.
- That you or another trusted adult will give them medicine if they need it.
Children this age are very curious, so don’t be surprised if they start asking questions you don’t expect. Parents are the centre of a child’s world at this age, and they don’t question what parents say.
Children this age want to know how things work and will ask for lots of details.
When talking with this age group about alcohol and drugs, be prepared to answer questions honestly and thoroughly.
- Explain why people use alcohol and drugs.
- Give complete, accurate information. Explain the upsides and downsides of using drugs.
- When discussing alcohol, explain that even a very small amount can harm their developing brains and bodies.