Wednesday, September 10, 2008


From TODAY, Voices
Wednesday September 10, 2008

By Dr Bill Maier

It is not something parents want to deal with, but many children around the world face drug and alcohol temptations on a daily basis in school.

Parents are seldom aware that their children are involved until it is too late.

Here are some tell-tale signs to watch for:

• Has your child changed friends or developed friendships with older teenagers?
• Have they become careless about the way they dress?
• Are they pulling away from the family or avoiding family events?
• Have their eating or sleeping habits changed?
• Have they become moody and irritable?
• Are their grades slipping at school?
• Do they make secretive phone calls to their friends?
• Have you caught them lying – even about things that seem insignificant?

The key is to watch for any drastic changes in your child’s behaviour.
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