Lorri Nielsen, pediatric nurse practitioner
Parents usually dread the day when they have to have “the talk” — you know, the one about the birds and the bees. But there’s another talk that’s equally as important.
Sooner or later, kids have to deal with the temptation to try cigarettes, alcohol and drugs (both illegal and legal), often at a younger age than most of us would like to think they will. And the influence from other kids to try “just one puff, just one sip” will grow as they get older.
This topic can be uncomfortable for parents to bring up, but studies show that kids whose parents talk about these things are more likely to resist peer pressure and avoid …