What to do if you catch your child smoking

Even a smoker parent doesn’t want his child to be among smokers. As there are too many teenagers flirting with this vice, many families face such displeasure, trying, of course, to combat it. What should be done?

Fight against temptation
Wanting to protect your child from this vice, it is good to support him in forming a negative attitude towards smoking.

1 Be a good example! To convince your child that smoking is harmful, don’t smoke or abandon this vice, if you have it – thus serving as an example – if not, you will cancel any theoretical argument! Most of the adolescent smokers are from families where at least one parent smokes.

2 Peer to peer discussion. It is very important how you approach the subject of smoking. Tell him your opinion about smoking in a quiet tone, in a friendly atmosphere, in no case raise the tone or try to scare him, threaten him or blackmail him. That wouldn’t do anything good. So, present the negative effects of smoking through examples that support your arguments.

3 Memories from one’s own past. Tell the story of your own teenage life about cigarettes, tell them that your schoolmates were also tempted for one reason or another to start smoking, but they didn’t, even though they tried, smoking has not become a habit for them.

Fighting the vice
Your child is already a smoker. Once you find out that he smokes or caught him smoking, before taking the attitude, it would be advisable to understand why he started. Usually, in adolescence, children start smoking out of curiosity or imitate adults or because smoking seems like a great habit, with the impression that smokers are “cool”, or because they hope that smoking helps them integrate into the community. – in other words, because they don’t want to be different from other young people of their age. Understanding why he smokes, you will know how to approach the subject and, in particular, how to persuade him to give up.

1 Limited access to cigarettes. Don’t keep cigarettes at home or in your pockets, if you are a smoker, in order not to facilitate access to them.

2 Without justification. If you smoke, you shouldn’t justify yourself in front of the child by claiming that smoking is an adult habit. For an adolescent, the image of the adult is very appealing. If he associates the cigarette with the image of the adult, ideal for him, he will do whatever he can to get closer and closer to it.

3 Without fights. When you talk to your child about smoking, you need to have a quiet tone, don’t be angry and don’t preach. It is very important to analyze together the discomforts of smoking, but also the “benefits”.

4 Search for models. Explain to the child that, ultimately, a person who doesn’t smoke may be the “strongest” in a collectivity. If possible, meet people who are successful in one area or another without being a smoker, who could become role models.

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