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Keep your kids happy, healthy, and safe with the advice in these Howcast videos.
You Will Need
- Knowledge and close obervation of your child's personality and habits
- A home drug testing kit (optional)
Note altered eating and sleeping patterns
Note your child’s altered eating and sleeping habits, like poor appetite and insomnia. Sudden desires for sweets as well as weight loss indicate addictive swings typical of drug use.
Change in interests
Take seriously any mysterious rejection of interests that were once important to your child, like sports and hobbies.
Document defiance, including blatant school tardiness, neglected homework, and careless physical appearance or a pattern of broken home rules, violated curfews, and open disrespect that may indicate drug use.
Look for signs in the kid’s room
Investigate the child’s room. Check for incense to cover the smell of smoke, lighters, or suspicious paraphernalia.
Note erratic behavior
Note erratic behavior. Chronic mood swings and uncharacteristic secretive withdrawals are classic signs of drug behavior.
Observe the child’s changing relationships, noting new friends who are seldom introduced, never come inside your home, or respond vaguely to questions about their activities.