Protective Factor #1

Strong bond between children and their families.


Here is how you can take action:

– Have family dinners.

  • “The magic of the family dinner comes not from the food on the plate but from who’s at the table and what’s happening there.”
  • Teens who have infrequent family dinners are:
    – More than one and a half times likelier to have friends who drink, abuse prescription drugs, and use Meth.- Among 12- and 13-year olds, those who have infrequent family dinners are six times likelier to use marijuana, four times likelier to use tobacco, and three times likelier to use alcohol.
  • Frequent family dinners also improves teen performance in school.

– Set clear limits/rules and enforcement of rules consistently.

– Have open positive communication channels.

– Spend time playing and interacting with your child.

– Get to know your child’s friends.

– Be a positive role model for your child.

– Actively help your child succeed in school.

– Have them volunteer in the community.

– Make them feel safe at home.