Marijuana vs. Alcohol: What to Say to Your Teen

Marijuana vs. Alcohol: What to Say to Your TeenWhen it comes to talking to your teen about marijuana (and alcohol), it’s not always easy to know what to say.

While there is no exact “script” for talking with your teen about marijuana, our new Marijuana Talk Kit explores common teen questions and arguments – and offers tips for what you can say in response.

For example, what should you say if your teen asked you, “Would you rather I drink alcohol? Weed is so much safer.”

First, instead of getting rattled by your teen’s question, try posing a question back. (This acts as a buffer while you think about your answer.) Try something like: “What is going on in your life that makes you feel like you want to do either?”

Your teen may likely mumble back, “Nothing” (or another one-word answer), but keep in mind that even the word “nothing” is an opportunity to lead to another supportive statement from you.

You can then try, “I’m glad to hear there isn’t anything going on in your life that makes you want to drink or smoke.”

Lastly, it’s a good idea to say something along these lines: “Honestly, I don’t want you to be doing anything that can harm you — whether that’s smoking pot, cigarettes, drinking or behaving recklessly. I’m interested in knowing why you think weed is safer than alcohol.”

This type of sentiment reminds your teen that you care deeply about his health and well-being, and expresses genuine curiosity about his thought process, is going to help him open up.

And that’s what it’s all about. Engaging your teen so you can have ongoing, open and positive conversations. That’s how you’ll better understand the pressures he or she may be facing. And that’s how you can express your concern and support and love. And while your teen may not admit it, deep down that’s something all teenagers want.

Learn more about what to say to your teen about marijuana. Download your free Marijuana Talk Kit >

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