But before kids can make responsible choicesêabout such things as whether to use drugs they need to understand that choices have consequences. Parents can help.

During a family dinner, talk about all the choices family members made during the day. Then talk about the results of those choices. Here are some examples:

  • I chose to do my homework. The result was that I got an 'A' on my math test.
  • I chose to get up 15 minutes late. The result was that I missed breakfast . . . and nearly missed the bus.

You should take part in this discussion, too.

  • You might say, I chose to go for a walk during my lunch hour. The result was that I felt better all afternoon.

This discussion will help your children see that they do make choices every day. Even more important, it will get them started thinking about their responsibility for the results of the choices they make.

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