“Babyproofing your home in the beginning of a child’s life is something everybody knows that parents and families need to do to keep their child and their family safe as can be. We read children’s stories like Goodnight Moon and Run Away Bunny and we read fairy tales like Peter Pan and the Wizard of Oz. Then we watch movies like ET and Star Wars together as a family, kids and parents to create a continuum and perspective of hope and love as everyone grows up. Drug and alcohol prevention and education is as simple and as important as that. When you keep your child safe, the whole family gets to be safe. When drugs and alcohol intrudes in a child’s life, it intrudes on the family’s heart. Everybody gets hurt and love gets lost.” –Susie Spain, HP 2013.
Starting in this Spring when the days get longer and the sun shines brighter kids and families’ life enthusiasm is in full bloom and everybody is excited. When activities expand what we see a lot of the time is how quickly, innocently and easily it is to lose track of each other. Our Angels at Risk’s wish is to shine a light on these eight prevention education concepts below to help kids and families stay close and together:
Angels at Risk Prevention Points for Parents:
1. Be motivated by love, kindness is key.
2. The best and most simple basics of communication (talking) and connection (live time) counts the most with your kids. Pay attention to curfew and social media.
3. Outside counseling protects our family’s hearts. Be brave and find someone to talk to if you feel afraid or like something is wrong
4. Be a parent that protects your family especially when it is hard. Always listen to your heart. And if you see another child or family in crisis, tell someone who can help. It takes a village and a community to raise a child and a family.
Angels at Risk Prevention Points for Kids:
1. Stay connected to your family: talk to someone if you are in trouble, confused, afraid, or just feel alone. Keeping secrets is not safe.
2. Try to tell the truth it is a self-esteem builder. Perhaps you know a friend who is in trouble, give an anonymous tip.
3. Be unique, be your own person. Don’t give into peer pressure, do good in school, and work things out with your family. All of these are the things that are truly cool.
4. Listen to your heart. Believe in your wishes and dreams. Believe in goodness. And please know that drugs can take everything away.
Truly, Susie Spain C.A.S ~ Angels at Risk Founder © 2001 Susie Spain
This blog is dedicated to Jena King, who inspired me to create these prevention education points when she and Michael King best described their mission with Angles at Risk to keep families’ futures bright.
Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away.
So he said to his mother, “I am running away.”
“If you run away,” said his mother, “I will run after you.
For you are my little bunny.”- Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
By, Susie Spain/Founder
Originally published at medium.com