Share your values with your child, and let them know what your expectations are when it comes to marijuana.
Ask your child what they think about marijuana, or if they know anyone at school who’s using it already. Ask open ended questions to avoid yes or no answers. Keep an open mind. If you remain curious and calm, your child is more likely to be receptive to what you have to say.
Let your child know you are listening by using phrases such as:
“It seems like you’re feeling…”
“I hear you say you’re feeling…”
“Am I right that you’re feeling…”
If they have questions, try your best to answer them. Remember that you don’t have to have all the answers. If you come up against something you don’t know, research the answer together.