|For Immediate Release:||Contact: Michael Drewniak
|Date: Thursday, September 20, 2012||609-777-2600|
“One of my favorite moments of the day is in the evening when the Governor and I settle down at the dinner table with our four children,” said First Lady Mary Pat Christie, Honorary Chair of Family Day in New Jersey. “While our schedules are quite busy, it’s important for us to make family dinner a priority each week. We’ve found that this special time is an effective way to bond with our children and catch up from the hustle and bustle of life.”
Substance abuse can strike any family regardless of ethnicity, affluence, age or gender. In fact, each day more than 13,000 children and teens take their first drink. On average, teenagers who use alcohol, tobacco and marijuana begin using them between 12 and 14 years of age, with some of the highest risk kids starting to use even earlier. CASA believes the parental engagement fostered at the dinner table can be a simple, effective tool to help parents prevent substance abuse in children.
CASA offers these tips about talking to your children about substance abuse:
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