"Kids were suspended for having weed at school today."
Some of us might assume this is a statement from a high school student. Unfortunately, he is in middle school and his mom just asked me for some advice on what to say to him.
First of all, don't panic! I know it's something none of us want to hear but if your child tells you this it's a good sign! You've developed an open relationship with him and he's comfortable telling you about serious things in his life.
The lies, the deceit, the disappointment. Now what? The teen years are a time of self-discovery, peer pressure and societal expectations. Some kids find their way without ever experimenting with alcohol or drugs, others may use it to fit in with their peers or relieve stress. Even the "good" kids make mistakes in their decision making occasionally. You'll find yourself asking... "Can I ever trust her again?" "How can I stop being so angry?" There are 5 keys to moving f