Tell yourself that you won’t “lose it” with your teen. Anger and hostility won’t get you anywhere in this conversation. Stay as calm as possible. Remember, you are the parent and you are in charge. Be kind, simple, and direct in your statements to your teen. Above all, remember to tell your teen that you love him or her! The conversation will not be perfect — no conversation ever is. Know that you are doing the right thing for your teen. That’s what matters most!
Source: The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign's Behavior Change Expert Panel at www.theantidrug.com