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If your child takes a prescription there is no need to worry! 

At any time you can email either a picture of the bottle's label, or a scan of the purchase receipt, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Make sure your image includes your child's name, medication, and the date the prescription was filled.

You do not have to wait until after testing or after a call from the lab.    Our Medical Review Officer's office will verify the prescription information and your child will be welcomed into our program as a drug-free teen!

 

 

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Why Won't My Child Talk To Me??  (an article published by Ohio State University found here)

Do you sometimes feel like you are talking to a brick wall rather than your child? Maybe this is because your child does not want to hear what you have to say, or because he or she is thinking about something else and simply not listening.

Good communication with children doesn't happen automatically. Parents need to think about their approach to their children when they want them to really listen and respond positively. Open parent-child communication is extremely important. Establishing communication with your child now will help you both down the road.

Communication Essentials

What are some essentials for establishing open communication with your children? First, your children always need to have their feelings accepted and respected. When talking with your children, keep this thought in the back of your mind at all times. You can accept and respect your children's feelings even when you don't see things the same way. You also can accept their feelings without necessarily accepting how they handle them (for example, it's okay to be angry, but not to hit). If you fail to acknowledge children's feelings, then your children will have a harder time communicating with you.

The attitude you convey when talking with your children is another important consideration. Showing a positive attitude towards a child is as important as the words you speak. If a negative attitude contradicts positive words, the words lose their positive meaning.

When children are hurt or upset, the last thing they want to hear is advice or someone else's point of view. This kind of talk may make them feel worse. Try to really listen to your children when they are hurt or upset. Acknowledge their inner pain and give them a chance to talk about their problems. This will help your children feel less upset, less confused, and more able to cope with problematic feelings.

Sometimes parents become upset with their children and say inappropriate things. Work on self-control when you become upset at a situation. Self-control will help you avoid hurting your child's feelings. You also will be teaching your child to handle being upset in ways that do not hurt others.

Good communication takes time, work, and practice. Here are some suggestions for talking with your children.

  • Use "I - language" to express your feelings. For example, instead of saying, "You made me angry when...," say, "I felt angry when..."
  • Encourage your child to talk by asking "open-questions." For example, instead of asking, "Do you like school?" ask "What are the things you like about school? What are the things you don't like?"
  • Make solving problems a partnership between you and your children. They may pleasantly surprise you!
  • Always communicate your support for your children, even when their actions are unacceptable.
  • Communicate your confidence in your children. If you believe in them, they will be more likely to believe in themselves.
  • Give your child lots of praise and encouragement.
  • Do not label your children, calling one"the stubborn one," another "the bully in the family," etc.

Hopefully these suggestions will help you on your way to a better relationship with your child.


Reference

Faber, Adele and Mazlish, Elaine (1982). How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk. Avon Books, New York, New York.


Prepared by

Rose Fisher Merkowitz
OSU Extension Agent
Family and Consumer Sciences
Highland County

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ENFORCE THE RULES

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