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What do you tell your kids at 9 yrs old about drugs His father is an alcoholic - which he

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What do you tell your kids at 9 yrs old about drugs? His father is an alcoholic - which he has experienced, but lives with. His mother is a druggie and (we think)a female pediphyle, but do not know if he is aware of more than face value. We are the g'parents and he lkives the traditional, every other weekend w/ each parent and with his dad during the week. Hid dad lives next door to us in the country. (We all live in a rural community) C is in the 4th grade.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  psychlady replied 5 years ago.

You can give black and white facts but don't get too technical. Tell child about things like beer, wine etc not amphetamines for instance. Keep your facts basic. Tell them good and bad habits such as going out for dinner versus drinking by binging. Tell them what people look like and act like when they get too much. Avoid words like drunk or intoxicated. Tell them the repercussions such as losing your job and not taking care of your responsibilities. Tell them their is help is available and somebody should ask for it if they need it.



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Customer: replied 5 years ago.


Seems pretty watered down for his experience.

Expert:  psychlady replied 5 years ago.
You start by giving them explanations that fit their age and their maturity level. You have to take that into consideration. All emotions should be held aside and their ability to understand is priority. I gave an honest answer as someone who has dealt with children in such situations

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