How can I stop my dad from smoking?
First, express your love for your dad and
explain your concerns for his health. Explain
that you have learned about the many health
concerns associated with tobacco use and you
fear that he will suffer some of those ill
effects. Explain that you have been taught at
school not to smoke, but have become confused by
watching your dad’s smoking activity.
Tell him how much you love him and want him to
be around for a long time to see his
grandchildren grow up.
I would tell
him that I don’t want to breathe the smoke he
breathes out because it hurts my lungs and that
I don’t want to see him die young either.
My friend says
that drinking alcohol is fun, I kind of want to
try it, what
should I do?
Think about the positive and negative
consequences of drinking “risk” Consider the
long and short-term effects of alcohol abuse on
your health as well as getting in trouble. I
think once you have considered all of these
things, you will discover that alcohol use is
not worth it. Also discuss this situation with
You will be able to try it some day when you are
old enough…Laws are put into place for people to
drink over the age of 21 for a reason. They
hope that people will be responsible and strong
enough to make their own decisions because
alcohol does alter your decision-making.
who encourages you to drink isn’t your friend.
Find new friends and stay away from alcohol.
What is the worst drug to take?
All drugs are dangerous. Some of the harder
drugs are heroin, cocaine, phencyclidine (PCP)
and meth amphetamines. Even prescription drugs
can be dangerous when not taken as prescribed by
All drugs are bad! The best advice I could give
would be to stay away from them all.
All of them are bad – unless the doctor or your
mom gives them to you because you are sick.
My mom and dad have wine with
dinner every night, are they
If your parents drink an occasional glass of
wine with dinner, that does not make them
alcoholics. An alcoholic is someone who is
unable to control him or herself and has to
Drinking a glass of wine at dinner doesn’t make
them alcoholics. When they start drinking lots
of bottles of wine I would start to question
but they surely aren’t too smart. Drinking
alcohol is stupid, it’s really bad for your body
and most people feel sick after they drink.
Sometimes I have
to stay home alone and it makes
me scared, who should I call?
First, explain to your parent or guardian how
you feel about the situation, If you are still
required to be alone, try to get your parents to
allow you to stay with friends, other family
members, a local youth organization or even the
local library. If you must be alone, please
remember that you can summon immediate
assistance by telephoning 911.
I would tell your
parents that you are not comfortable staying by
yourself. I would see if your parents could
arrange for you to stay with a relative,
neighbor or friends house. If you are already
by yourself, call your parents and ask if you
could go to a neighbor until your parents came
home. Always let your parents know where you
grandma or an adult relative if you are scared
and tell your parents you don’t want to stay
My dad does drugs and said it is
no big deal, what should I do?
Realize that your dad has a problem with drug
use and is unable to control thoughts about his
use. You should consider talking with another
parent, guardian or health care worker at your
school or perhaps someone at your place of
Tell him that
it is a big deal and that it is illegal and he
could go to jail…. Not to mention very
unhealthy. He needs to get some professional
Tell him that it is a life or death situation,
drugs are illegal and your dad needs help.
My mom and
dad drink alcohol when we go out to dinner, then
they drive home.
I told them they should not
drink and drive and they laughed at me. What
should I do?
Speak to your parents about the consequences of
drinking and driving with some facts about the
punishment and restrictions that apply to your
There is a difference between drinking one glass
of wine at dinner and getting drunk. If your
parents are drunk, don’t get into the car.
Tell them it’s not funny.
They can kill someone if they are drinking and
driving and it could even be them. Tell them
you would like them to see you graduate from
What should I
do when my mom smokes in the car with me, I
smell like smoke and then kids think that I
Explain your concerns to your mother and request
that she at least not smoke when you are in the
car. If you really must ride with your mother
when she is smoking consider lowering a window
or even explaining to your mother that you would
rather not ride with her. Also explain to her
the consequences of second hand smoke.
Tell her that
kids are accusing you of smoking and that you
are getting in trouble at school because smoking
is not allowed.
Tell her that second hand
smoke is very bad for your lungs and that it
hurts you as much as it’s hurting her to smoke.