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How to explain intravenous drug abuse to a 6-year-old?

Just be truthful. While the details about chemical addiction may fly over a 6 year old's head, the general idea is really not that hard to understand. Tell them that drugs are chemicals that can make ...
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How to explain intravenous drug abuse to a 6-year-old?

My general approach is that it's not a good idea to hide the world from your children. Of course I wouldn't go into the gruesome details of drug addiction, but my view is that when I explain this to ...
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Should children be preemptively taught about drugs, alcohol, and sex?

These things you list are a part of our lives, either because we use/do them or other people we know or see use/do. Discovering things through friends is rarely a good idea. That's how myths are ...
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My 15-year-old daughter is having sex with her boyfriend who is a drug dealer

There isn't much you can do to force a change in their relationship. You can establish curfews, household rules, and so on, but unless you plan to watch her every minute of every day, she'll find a ...
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Should children be preemptively taught about drugs, alcohol, and sex?

Who do you think will be more likely to provide answers in a way that you would want your children to learn about drugs and sex, you as the children's parents or their peers (whose parent's might also ...
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How to convince an adult son that pot and LSD, even used sparingly is not acceptable

If he brings in studies, you can always do the same... but they should be balanced ones, that nevertheless support your point: that yes, compared to most legal drugs, it may be harmless: in moderation ...
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Caught my 16-year-old with his vape

What do I do? Number 1. Don't blow it up. This will be hard to read for some, especially for some parents on the stricter side, but it's true. It's not that big of a deal. Of all the things your 16-...
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How to convince an adult son that pot and LSD, even used sparingly is not acceptable

What are the best ways to get a kid to put drugs in their past and move on? You're doing it now, pretty much. You can't change your child's thinking any more than he can change yours. But you can ...
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Consequences of smoking marijuana during pregnancy (especially first weeks)?

First off, congrats :) Go to the doctor and be honest! My wife and I did the same thing during her first pregnancy. Our daughter, now 5, is as bright and cheery and happy and healthy as any other kid ...
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In case of swallowed medicine, call poison control or 911?

How you should react will depend on what your child has gotten into and how they are currently acting. First, lets clarify what each option will get you. Poison Control (U.S.: 1-800-222-1222) See ...
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Consequences of smoking marijuana during pregnancy (especially first weeks)?

Quit freaking out. That's the first thing to do. People get pregnant, they have kids. This is normal. It may not be normal for you, but, it is, in general, a fact of life. So, you can do it. The ...
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Should children be preemptively taught about drugs, alcohol, and sex?

Most of the other advice in this topic is excellent but a small item to add: This shouldn't need to be said but there seem to be a lot of parents in this world who prefer to try to control their ...
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How should I tell my parents that I smoke?

Is there a nice way to tell them? I'm not quite sure I know what you mean by "a nice way". If you mean, a way that they won't be upset or won't cause a scene, you might try taking them out to dinner ...
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My 15-year-old daughter is having sex with her boyfriend who is a drug dealer

she thinks that he is cool because he makes a lot of money off it Most likely, he's spinning yarns about the money in drug dealing and she's falling for it because she watches too much TV. Studies ...
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My 13 yo son has drug and alcohol issues. What should I do?

This is not going to be a complete answer, because you have not given much detail (what you've tried, how he gets the substances, how he's gotten around it and why, etc.) I'll modify the answer when ...
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Will smoking weed during first week of being pregnant be harmful to my baby?

During the first two weeks of pregnancy there is very little exchange of substances between the mother and the embryo. And the pregnancy, by definition, actually starts at the moment the woman ...
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How to convince an adult son that pot and LSD, even used sparingly is not acceptable

Your child is an adult, and as somebody else said, it's almost certainly too late to significantly change their view of drugs. I would recommend side-stepping the issue, and just declaring that your ...
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What to do with an adult child with a mental illness and drug taking

There is very little you can do. Until someone accepts they have mental health challenges that need to be addressed you can't force them into treatment. As a parent this can be devastating to watch. ...
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In case of swallowed medicine, call poison control or 911?

According to the US Dept. of Health and Human Services Poison Help website and the Mayo Clinic, you should first call Poison Control, unless the victim is unconscious, having trouble breathing, having ...
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Just found out pregnant and smoked marijuana

Florida screens for all 31 disorders recommended by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Recommended Uniform Screening Panel and an additional 22 secondary disorders, unless a ...
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How to convince an adult son that pot and LSD, even used sparingly is not acceptable

The answer to getting someone off of drugs or to focus attention elsewhere isn't to tell them not to do them because they are bad. Most people who use, know the downside they cause. Very often, they ...
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Strong-willed, 14 year old. Caught with e-cigarette paraphernalia and a condom

I think you have to be 100% honest. Talking it out during therapy is a good idea. Set rules and follow them. There are set consequences for breaking the rules. Perhaps the therapist can help you ...
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Between parents and marijuana smoking sister

I would go to your sister and say, "I am uncomfortable with you smoking marijuana, because I know our parents don't want you to be doing it. I don't want to rat you out, but you're putting me in a bad ...
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Will marijuana affect my baby?

Here's an article from last year: https://www.forbes.com/sites/tarahaelle/2016/09/09/so-does-marijuana-use-in-pregnancy-hurt-a-baby-or-not/?c=0&s=trending#2e9bf5101365 It basically says we don'...
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How to make a teen stop vaping?

At 16 she is only a year or two away from being legally an adult. So I think you are going to need to accept that you cannot control her behaviour in the way that you used to when she was 12. Also ...
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How to explain intravenous drug abuse to a 6-year-old?

I'm going to basically repeat an answer that I gave in response to this unrelated question: Answer your child's questions accurately and truthfully, using language they can understand. Most of all, ...
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Found loaded gun after son threatened to kill the family

I concur with @AskAboutMonica: your first priority must be to keep yourself and the rest of your family safe. In addition to your own safety a murder conviction is not going to do your son much good. ...
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PREGNANT ON Flaka-PVP

There is a wide range of horrible things that can happen to the baby, most of which involve either miscarriages, early infant death, or life long consequences for both the mother and the child. It is ...
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Should children be preemptively taught about drugs, alcohol, and sex?

Sitting children down to "tell them the facts of life" or educate them about drugs etc is a stressful proposition for parents and children alike; it often feels confrontational and uncomfortable for ...
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My 15-year-old daughter is having sex with her boyfriend who is a drug dealer

Is there anything you can do? Not really. I'd say talk to your daughter and make it clear that you know what she's doing, you're not happy about it then go onto making sure she stays protected while ...
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