Nicole Davies

Hello! My name is Nicole and I am a Marine spouse and mother of three daughters, ages 16, 10, and 7. I have been a stay-at-home mom most of their lives while also pursuing my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. In the past I have worked as a social worker for child welfare in the state of Pennsylvania. I have also taught preschool for ages 2.5 - 4. During my master’s program I interned as a therapist at an inpatient psychiatric hospital working with adults, teens, and kids. My ultimate goal is to become an independently licensed therapist. Our family has lived in Onslow County for 10 of the last 15 years, which has given my children a stability that is rare among military families. While NC has been my home for several years now, I am still a Yankee at heart! I will always choose a Philly cheesesteak over a pulled-pork sandwich. In addition to taking care of my family and my educational pursuits, I enjoy traveling to destinations near and far; a novel in which I can get lost; and chatting with friends over a good cup of coffee.

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Teen Taboo Topics: Breaking it Down for Today’s Teen

familyTalk to your kids early and often about three of the most difficult topics facing teens: sex, drugs and smoking.

If you have children, it’s hard not to worry. But don’t panic—and don’t ignore the subject. Instead, if your child is older than age 5, start talking with him or her about drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Here are some guidelines on how to start talking and how to help your kids be substance-free.

Start early

Experts in the area of adolescent drug treatment suggest that you start talking about drinking, smoking and using drugs when your child is between the ages of 5 and 7, and that you keep the dialogue going.

When possible, raise the subject of substance use in context. For example, if family members drink wine with dinner, talk about why they do and what it means to drink responsibly. Or, if your younger child is watching TV and a beer commercial comes on, discuss the fact that although the people in the commercial appear to be having a good time, drinking too much alcohol can cause you to act silly, irresponsibly and violently. It can also cause you to hurt yourself or others. Talking with your child at a young age is especially important if family members have alcohol or drug problems, because children with a family history of substance abuse are more likely to become substance abusers.

As your child gets older, continue to talk regularly about drugs, alcohol and tobacco, but in a more adult manner.

To educate your child, become informed. Learn about the four drugs that children usually try first: alcohol, marijuana, nicotine (cigarettes and chewing tobacco) and inhalants (glue, paint, hair spray and correction fluid). The more you know about drugs, alcohol and tobacco, the clearer you will be when you tell your child why he or she should not drink alcohol or use tobacco or drugs.

To learn the nuts and bolts of what to say and the key signs to look for, visit OHealthy’s article, “How to Talk about the Three Most Difficult Topics

What’s your greatest challenge in talking with your teen about these topics?

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