Part of BREAKING THE SILENNCE and talking “EARLY, OFTEN and RIGHT,” is our non-verbal communication. The things we do versus the things we say. We need to face the reality of what we have created. We tell our kids not to do drugs, but what do we show them?
Less people greater usage
In the United States, we account for less than 5% of the world’s population.
- We use over 65% of the world’s illegal drug
- We use over 80% of the world’s prescription medication
- We use over 99% of the world’s Vicodin supply
On one hand, we say “DON’T DO DRUGS,” and on the other we envelope our kids in a world surrounded with drugs.
It doesn’t stop there; think about the messaging of the TV shows, movies, music and video games. The message is that it is OK, have fun, party on, yet none of them are talking about the next day or consequences. Again, the message is simple; it is OK.
In our own homes, most of us are a product of the “take a pill – feel better” generation and as a result we show our kids one thing while we say another. How often do we casually talk about needing a pill for a headache or back pain? How often do we casually say “Oh, I need a drink” or come home and immediately get a drink or more…
Kids are always watching
These are the behaviors our kids see and the visual is way more influential than the verbal.
Certainly we are not saying don’t have a drink or avoid medicines for ailments, but we have a problem. We, as adults, have helped create this problem. We have a responsibility to our kids to teach by our actions as well as our words. We have a responsibility to be part of the solution. Think about the message we send and more important the message they receive.
BREAKING THE SILENCE takes many forms. There is an opportunity to break it by our words and our actions. What little measures could you do at home to help model the behavior we want in our children?