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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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18-year-old son doesn't want to finish highschool and is smoking a lot of weed!

Moving away would only help your son if the thing that is causing him to neglect school and smoke weed instead is related to your current location. But there's a good chance that his location is not ...
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My 13 yo son has drug and alcohol issues. What should I do?

It sounds like your child is heading down a dangerous path. I would recommend considering treatment moving forward. Keep in mind that there are many different treatment options available. From your ...
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How to convince an adult son that pot and LSD, even used sparingly is not acceptable

I think my parents handled this reasonably well. They did not discuss the drugs exactly, though they said they did not approve. I had to pay them back for every class I did not pass and had to pay for ...
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Caught my 16-year-old with his vape

Remind him of the downsides this can have for him. If he spends this much time playing sports it must mean a lot to him and he wouldn't want to get kicked off the team. Ask him not to lie about these ...
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Knowing of a drugged meth head mentally unstable mother - what help is out there for the children?

Unfortunately, there is not a whole lot you can do. Not without doing more harm than good. A parent that uses, does not automatically make them a unacceptable parent, and a neglectful parent is ...
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How to explain intravenous drug abuse to a 6-year-old?

Overview I lean towards a modified idea of what Gregory posted in a now deleted answer combined with the current top rated answer by forest. Kudos to you both for having good answers. Developmental ...
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How to convince an adult son that pot and LSD, even used sparingly is not acceptable

As a current college student (age 21 and paying for my own education) I believe your questions and concerns are out-dated and close minded. As long as you taught your son self control and how to make ...
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Health risk to my unborn child due to alcohol and drug use before finding out I was pregnant?

Of course the only way to be sure is to consult a health professional, but for some reason it seems consuming alcohol the first couple weeks doesn't harm the baby. Not knowing wifey was prego and then ...
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11 weeks and concern of THC in babys system at birth

Please share this concern with your Ob-gyn. From articles I have read by googling marijauna and pregnancy, there are differing opinions. I think that you have stopped is good. Please try not start ...
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My 13 yo son has drug and alcohol issues. What should I do?

As a Mom of a 14 yr old who I believe is headed in this direction, I would intervene now with professional help. Contact the crisis hotline in your area. If they deem him to be a danger to himself ...
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Strong-willed, 14 year old. Caught with e-cigarette paraphernalia and a condom

It sounds like he's acting out the way teenage boys do when they don't have a strong father figure in their lives. That means you need to fill both roles until he does. Make sure he knows exactly ...
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Between parents and marijuana smoking sister

Well, when it comes to drugs, I can't tell you how many people think they are knowledgable on the subject. There are bad drugs, but to be honest, addiction to soda can be just as bad as drugs. I ...
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Between parents and marijuana smoking sister

Your sister is being incredibly unfair to you & tell her that. All worries, legalities & everything else aside, she is carelessly putting you in the middle of something you shouldn't even ...
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Between parents and marijuana smoking sister

I believe this is a situation where you don't need to take any action. This is between your sister and your parents. To be brutally honest and selfish... You say this, so it indicates that you ...
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How to explain intravenous drug abuse to a 6-year-old?

People use drugs when they feel sad, like something is missing from their life, but these people choose to take it out on themselves. They try to fill a hole with drugs but what they are really doing ...
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My son is using crack. Should I stop him?

So first off, good on you for how you've handled this so far. Lots of people tend to flip out on their kids when they find out they've been doing drugs, but it sounds like you've been pretty calm, so ...
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How to explain intravenous drug abuse to a 6-year-old?

Most kids have been to the doctor for shots by the time they can hold a conversation. Most kids know that when they're sick they get medicine, and sometimes this medicine makes you feel better when ...
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Caught my 16-year-old with his vape

First and foremost, find out what he's vaping, specifically. Those vapes can be used to inhale just about anything, even solid plant matter. This means the difference between a superficial legal issue ...
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Between parents and marijuana smoking sister

What smokers rarely realize is that there smoking never only affects themselves it always affects those around them. What is your sister thinks is going to happen when her parents show up to work ...
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