June 26th is the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND ILLICIT TRAFFICKING
The day was created to support the prevention of drug abuse, especially in our youth. As an addict that began using drugs as a teen, I know all too well how important it is to keep kids busy with positive activities to keep them out of trouble.
This year, the United Nations theme for the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is “Listen First.” The goal of the campaign is to pay attention to your kids when they are in need of attention.
I think it’s important to put down your cell phone when you’re home from work, look your children in the eye when they are talking to you, and really listen to what they are saying.
I’ve got two power questions that I use with my daughter all the time, and I recommend that you start using these now. The first question is, “What’s the most interesting thing that happened today?” And then listen.
The next is to put her in the state of gratitude by asking, “What are you grateful for today?” And then listen.
Engage in healthy recreational activities with your children. For instance, I love to play tennis with my daughter, and she likes to try my yoga and even my Crossfit classes with me. This sets a positive example for her of ways to stay busy that do not include drugs. When we tell our kids that “we’re too busy,” we force them to find fun elsewhere and often times this leads to dangerous places.
Join the #ListenFirst campaign today. Listen First and let’s help our children grow up healthy and safe.
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