It is the night after the NBA draft, and tonight is your big night. You initial contract offer is expected to bring you $16 million! So why not find a way to celebrate? You can afford it now. So, you have a friend to go out and score some crack cocaine, and you smoke it a few times as you party till 2 a.m. Then you fall sleepâ€”or so your friends think. But in the morning your body is still and cold, and they canâ€™t wake you. Fiction? No, this happened in1986 and this basketball playerâ€™s name was Len Bias. He had a brilliant future as a basketball player. But he was dead after he tried cocaine for the first time (Goldenring, 1993, p. 1).
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After this tragedy, her father tried to warn teens to stay away from drugs, because he believed that drugs killed his daughter (Lester, 2000, p. 1).
Some parents complaint that they did not know that their son or daughter was using drugs, but parents can sense the danger before it is too late. If they suspect that their child is using drugs, there are different ways to identify the signals. A signal can be that a child is changing in physical appearance; teens who get involved with drugs often wear clothes that reflect the drug culture. In addition, they are going to have school problems, because they are going to start skipping class, and their grades will drop.
Now, if the parentâ€™s suspicions are true, they might want to know how they can protect their children from drugs. They should help their child develop self-confidence, by asking their child for his opinion often, and letting him know that his opinion is important in family matters. In the article â€œItâ€™s All in the Familyâ€ Joseph A. Califano Jr. (2000), explains that it is not a surprise that children who feels safe from drugs are the ones who have two parents who live in good harmony. These children count on both parents when there are important family issues to resolve, and they talk with both of their parents about illegal drugs. They can feel that both of their parents agree to ask them to be good students, and have good personal conduct (p. 3). Persuade your child to take part in positive activities, like learning to play an instrument and be part of a school band, getting involved in athletics, being a member of a boyâ€™s scouts, or other youth groups. By doing this, your child will be exchanging these positives interests with others peers.
Talk to your children; explain that once you were young too, and like them, you faced the same issues that they are now facing. But, be careful to know how much you, children need to know from your past, even though you want to be sincere, your children can take it in different way. According to Child Psychologist James Garbarino (1997), argues that parents should talk with their kids about drugs, but not share too much information about their personal drug use. â€œThey [parents] are in a role of authority. In general they should be cautious. Young children especially can be confused by parentsâ€™ simplistic confessions that they used drugs. Theyâ€™ll [children] over-generalizeâ€ he adds, â€œTheyâ€™ll see something on TV about crack addicts. Theyâ€™ll think, â€˜My parents are criminals, they are going to jail, Iâ€™m going to be left behindâ€™â€ (Leland, 1997, p. 2).
Some parents can argue that their children do not listen to them, when they want...