Back to the Classroom 2021

Make sure you have the tools you need to support your kids as they head back to the classroom

After more than a year of virtual learning, isolation from friends and not physically being at school, most children will be expected to start the coming school year in the classroom.  

While many kids are excited about getting back to the way things were, some kids may feel stressed, and uncertain about the return to a more “normal” learning situation.    

How can parents help their kids feel more comfortable about getting back to the classroom?  How should they include potential substance use in their conversations? 

This year’s Back to School series explores the ways that parents can support their children’s return to the classroom and provides tips on how to engage in a meaningful dialogue about issues surrounding substance use their kids may face.   

Week 1 – Tailor your talk to your child’s age.  

Just as you would talk with your kids when they are young about other critical safety issues that are important for them to know, begin the conversations about substances early on, and tailor the information you give them to their age and stage of development.

Week 2 – Mental  health and Substance use – is there a link?  

Learn how to recognize potential mental health issues in your child and find out more about how you can help support them before they turn to self-medication with substances.   

Week 3 – Cannabis at the wheel - Let‘s bust a few myths  

Learn more about the harms of cannabis-impaired driving and help kids understand the real risks of driving after smoking weed.   

Week 4 –  How to make those “tough” conversations easy – A Q&A video  

Our Executive Director, Chantal Vallerand answers your questions about where to start a conversation about substance use with your kids , no matter what age they are.

Questions parents might have: 

  • How do I help my kid find things to say when being offered drugs?  
  • Does my own drinking/smoking pot affect my kids? What should I know? 
  • How to get the conversation started.

Sign up below to access  DFK’s Back to the Classroom content and get ready for a smoother transition to your child’s brand-new, (almost!) post-pandemic school year.   

Beginning Tuesday, September 14th, over four weeks, you will receive  each resource directly in your email  inbox.

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