Summer might be a particularly dangerous time for young people to experiment with alcohol or drugs and therefore a particularly good time to talk to your children about the dangers of using intoxicating substances.
Of course, having this kind of talk should not be restricted to one season of the year. It should be repeated often.
Youngsters may roll their eyes at the idea of having "one of those talks" but parents should persist anyway. Starting talks on serious subjects at a younger age and having regular communications on less serious subjects will help reduce the eye rolling effect, but it is still fairly common for communications to become more difficult as children reach adolescence.
Always remember that genuine communication can't just be a one-way lecture. Children need to be listened to even if what they say is not what parents expect or want to hear.
For more information on how to communicate to children about drug or alcohol use, call Narconon Arrowhead at 800-468-6933 or visit www.stopaddiction.com. Free downloadable drug information is also available at www.narconon-drug-education.com.