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Talking to Kids About Drinking, Drugs, and Sex

July 9, 2024

Parents are well aware of how important it is to talk to kids about issues like drugs and alcohol and sex and consent. But knowing the value of those conversations doesn’t necessarily make them any easier or more comfortable.

This week at, we’re rounding up resources to guide you through some tough talks you may have been avoiding. In two videos — one about substance use and another about sex — parents are candid about their discomfort. Our experts address their fears and uncertainties, offering practical advice for starting and maintaining an open dialogue with kids — including what to say and what not to say. We also have resources for talking to kids about money and advice for when to offer support for kids with mental health or learning challenges. Even when they’re awkward, tough conversations can help kids think through possible scenarios and give them the skills to make healthy choices on their own.

– Molly Hagan, Staff Writer | 

Related Resources

How Do I Talk to My Kids About Alcohol and Drugs?

What to do to give kids the tools they need to make good decisions.


How Do I Talk to My Kids About Sex, Consent, and Safety?

You can help your child build healthy relationships.


Talking to Kids About Money

Starting early helps children develop good financial habits.


Helping Kids Make Decisions

When to offer support — and when to step back.


Supporting vs. Enabling

What's helping and what's not when a child has emotional or learning challenges.


ADHD and Substance Abuse

Why teens with the disorder are at higher risk.


Why You Should Be Talking to Teens About Sex

How parents can (and should) help kids avoid doing things they'll regret.


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