How to talk to your teen. Let’s face it—teenagers are curious creatures. As your teenager gets older, he or she may become more curious about alcohol and other drugs. They may turn to you for answers and advice. Even if your teen doesn’t come to you, you should be the one to start the conversation. Since some questions may be difficult to answer, be prepared. Arm yourself with information and defenses against underage drinking and substance abuse. Use this opportunity to start an open, honest conversation.
Empower your teen with refusal skills. Your teen is probably pretty good at coming up with excuses, especially when it pertains to homework or taking out the garbage. But even the most skilled excuse-maker needs ready-made comebacks to have in his pocket when his friends and peers start putting on the pressure. Here are some tips. Email them to your teen. Text them, especially when they’re out with friends. Practice at the dinner table or when they’re trapped in the car with you while you’re driving. Ask your teens what they would say.