The Back Each Other Up campaign was developed by several local youth substance use prevention coalitions, including Casco Bay CAN. The campaign is designed to help bring together parents of teens so they can support each other in their efforts to raise healthy children, free of alcohol and drugs.
Here are tips to help parents Back Each Other Up!
MAKE THE CALL
When your teen is going to a friend’s house, call the parents to see if they will be home, even if your teen says you are the only one who does it. Be the “only one.” Just as we ask our teens to walk away and stand up to peer pressure, model what this means as a parent.
WELCOME THE CALL
If a parent calls you to check in and make sure you will be home, thank them for calling and let them know you welcome their call anytime. It’s the intention of the action that matters– big or small – back each other up.
WIDEN THE NET
Form relationships with the parents of your teen’s friends because they have a big influence on your child too! The larger the net of support for our kids, the more effective the prevention.
WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
When young people believe there are adults who care and will be disappointed in them for using alcohol or drugs, they are less likely to do it. Thank goodness, because it can get complicated, whether it’s being open to hearing rumors about your child or maintaining confidentiality when it’s necessary. Even when the story isn’t true, you can take it in as information and a conversation starter. Let your teen know that other parents care about what happens to them too.
FIND YOUR SUPPORTS
Parenting teenagers isn’t easy and can feel isolating. The more you talk about what you are doing to keep your teen safe, the more likely you are to find other parents working as hard as you are. You aren’t alone.
HELP ORGANIZE A TABLE TALK
Contact Casco Bay CAN to set up a Table Talk in your community. Facilitated by Coalition staff, Table Talks are a way to begin having these conversations with other parents, and to learn from other parents about how they do prevention in their own homes and across the community.
TAKE THE PLEDGE TO:
Watch the Back Each Other Up VIDEO.