How to Talk To Your Teenager About Nicotine
Dealing with a child that is using nicotine can be challenging. What should a parent say to their child that has been using nicotine? Read on for some of our advice!
How to Talk About Nicotine With Your Child: Five Pieces of Advice
1. Build a Close RelationshipA close relationship is not something that happens overnight, it is something that takes time to build. However, it is important to approach the relationship on the child's terms and build trust. Many parents feel that their teenagers shut them out of their lives, as if they are no longer needed. As a parent, you are just as important as to them when they are a teenager as you were when they were younger.
2. Concerned About Something? Communicate Your WorriesIn order to get your child to listen to you properly, it's important that they understand you. Explain how you experience things, how it feels to be a parent and what you're worried about. This also means being clear and communicating boundaries so that the child is aware of them.
3. Discuss EVERY TopicThe foundation of a close and healthy relationship often lies in the habit of discussing various things - from how the school day went to your child's favourite interests. Talking about anything that shows you, as a parent, are interested is a step towards ensuring an open and trusting line of communication. This then makes a more natural path to talking about nicotine, vaping, or other sensitive topics.
4. Encourage Them to ShareIt's important that your child understands that you're there no matter what happens – they need to feel that they can be honest without facing anger and criticism.
Even if your child shares something that may be difficult to hear as a parent, try to show appreciation for their willingness to share. This increases the chances that your child will share things in the future as well. Try to be calm and clear so that your child knows you care and keep the line of communication open going forward.