Talk Early, Talk Often Videos
Parent-Child Scenario Videos
The three videos below display common parent-child scenarios designed to provide examples on how to respond during certain situations, and how using opportune times to talk allows you to initiate more ongoing conversations.
Use natural opportunities such as driving (or riding) somewhere or during dinner to start open, honest conversations about drinking and other drug use.
Seek discussion, don't lecture! Share your own experiences and opinions and how they have changed over the years. As you are willing to open-up and share experiences, so will your child.
Text messaging is a great way for parents to keep in touch and monitor what their children are doing without being obtrusive. Teens are more likely to respond to texts that facilitate short, quick responses rather than answering a phone call.
Confrontation vs. Conversation
Finding out your teen used drugs definitely stirs up a parent's emotions. It can be a very confusing time. But the best way to help your teen - and to make sure they hear you - is to remain as calm as possible throughout the conversation. Also, it's as important, if not more, that you listen to them.
Do not try to start the conversation when you can tell your child is drunk or high. Hold off until they are sober. You want to be able to have a conversation, rather than a confrontation.
Social Host Ordinance Videos
The two videos below enlisted help from local law enforcement to discuss the importance of Social Host Ordinances and how they benefit our community as well as local healthcare professionals to dispel some of the myths surrounding youth marijuana use.
Social Host Ordinances (SHO)
Oftentimes we get asked - What is a Social Host Ordinance? What isn't it? Why is it important?
Listen in as Sheriff Brott of Sherburne County and the Chiefs of Police, Chief Nierenhausen of Elk River Police Department, Chief Baloun of Becker Police Department, and Chief Scharf of Big Lake Police Department answer these important questions.
Legal responses to marijuana use across the nation have left many feeling confused about this drug.
Paul Fischer and Francine Kosse, two Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors with Fairview Behavioral Services, dispel some of the myths surrounding marijuana use and share how it can negatively impact those that use it, especially youth.