Resources and Links
Here are links to a variety of organizations which deal with substance abuse issues. If you have a suggestion for a link we should include here, let us know.
Included are several downloadable resources. For example, in this section you will find a listing of agencies who conduct evaluations.
Use this Parent/Child contract so that everyone is clear about expectations and consequences. Special thanks to Bert Welch for sharing this with us.
Parents, do you need information on what to do to keep your child from becoming involved in a gang? Check out our most recent gang brochure listed here.
If you need some information that is not here, let us know by email, or call the Siouxland CARES office at 712-255-3188.
Talking To Kids About Alcohol-5 Conversation Goals
1. Show you disapprove of underage drinking.
More than 80% of young people ages 10-18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision to drink or not drink. So they really are listening, and it’s important that you send a clear and strong message.
2. Show you care about your child’s happiness and well-being.
Young people are more likely to listen when they know you’re on their side. Try to reinforce why you don’t want your child to drink—not just because you say so, but because you want your child to be happy and safe. The conversation will go a lot better if you’re working with, and not against, your child.
3. Show you’re a good source of information about alcohol.
You want your child to be making informed decisions about drinking, with reliable information about its dangers. You don’t want your child to be learning about alcohol from friends, the internet, or the media—you want to establish yourself as a trustworthy source of information.
4. Show you’re paying attention and you’ll notice if your child drinks.
You want to show you’re keeping an eye on your child, because young people are more likely to drink if they think no one will notice. There are many subtle ways to do this without prying.
5. Build your child’s skills and strategies for avoiding underage drinking.
Even if your child doesn’t want to drink, peer pressure is a powerful thing. It could be tempting to drink just to avoid looking uncool. To prepare your child to resist peer pressure, you’ll need to build skills and practice them.
Keep it low-key. Don’t worry, you don’t have to get everything across in one talk. Many small talks are better.
SAMHSA Last Updated: 05/05/2015